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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:32

Good morning.   It's blustery here and cloudy but none of the promised rain so I've been out to water all the treasures.   When we signed for the house last July we came to inspect and measure and take photos of what there was and I found one lowly clematis stem, 4" high, struggling in a load of weeds in a walled bed.   Weeded, fed, watered coiously and by the time we returned to start painting and strimming in August it had 3 stems and had grown a foot/30cms.   This morning it is big enough to need tying in and is on the verge of flowering.   So exciting.

Meanwhile, all my clems I brought or have bought are desperate to be planted out.   Silver Moon is full of gorgeous flowers, much earlier than in Belgium.  Gotta love a clematis.  Hostas doing well too in their new bed too.

OH is playing golf and I might pop out to a wee plant fair in a village about 20kms away.   Do you think if I put some washing out on the whirlygig it will rain?  Or maybe leave the sprinkler on the future rose and clem bed?

Roast chuck for us too Dove but no lemon meringue pie.   Maybe fresh mangoes.

Hosta - love you fluffy goslings and your hostas.

FG - hope you find a suitable hill.  Saw the meteorite prog and enjoyed it.

Wonky - good haul and well done for planting so soon.

Pat - do you not have a May Day public holiday tomorrow?

Hi to everyone.  Enjoy your day.  No play dough here but maybe mud pies with plants later.


Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 20:50

Round here the French call flat leaf parsley Common Parsley.

I like either as long as it's fresh and young and tender.   

Pieris Japonica

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:09

It's just frost damage to soft new foliage.  Leave them alone until all frosts are over.  New growth should appear and then you can remove the damaged leaves safely.

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:47

Lovely Papi Jo.  I sowed seed a few years ago and had good germination rates but very few grew after pricking out and none made it to maturity in the garden.  I shall try again here but not this year.

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:12

They can be slow to establish.   There's some good advice on cultivation on this site - http://www.seedaholic.com/dierama-pulcherrimum-angel-s-fishing-rods.html

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:06

Zzzz is all you can do in the presence of snooker Joyce.   I go elsewhere and busy myself.

Condolences and sympathy for SGL.  You're having a rough time poor thing.  Hope you get through it all OK and on to happier times.

Pleased the doggy is OK Hazel.  Hope he heals well and isn't too traumatised.

Have you pallet admirers seen this thread? - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/garden-design/pallets/249488.html Some amazing projects.

Not a lot happening here.  Still can't get pegs in to mark the new beds and then start leveling what will be a seating area - paved or shingled, haven't decided yet.  We need some rain.   I shall have to stick to watering treasures and sowing seeds for now.   Rain expected tomorrow but I'm not holding my breath.

Mimosa Acacia Dealbata

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 14:37

In the UK they need to be planted in full sun in well drained soil and sheltered form strong winds and heavy frosts as they are only hardy to about -5C.  Here's what the RHS says - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/24107/Acacia-dealbata/Details

I have one in my new garden here in western France and its rather large and didn't bat an eyelid at the -6C we had this winter.  This is it in full flower in February.  I have since removed the lower branches to allow us to pass with the mower but it remains quite a considerable tree.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:51

Hi Kay.  Country lanes here.  One set of neighbours are farmers and have nothing in their garden that they can't eat apart from 2 huge pots of pelargoniums in summer.  They very clearly think all my pots of treasures and projects for new beds are the height of frivolity if not insane.

The other side have a paddock for 3 horses and lots of trees and a bit of grass with more trees.     Everything else on our walk is unpaved lanes thru pasture for beef cattle or crops to feed them in winter.

We saw a speckled wood butterfly too - taken me ages to identify it.

Last edited: 28 April 2017 21:56:36

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:38

Grace is quite a pale oange.  More apricot.

Since I moved to France last October I have adopted the same policy and ordered DA roses thru a French supplier, mail order this time, and been very pleased with both the quality of the plants and the price.  3 were bare rooted and 4 came in pots.   All now potted up or on and growing well.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:27

Have just watched last night's Beechgrove.  Excellent and covered so many topics and have all this week's garden rescue thingies recorded so not missing GW today.

Went for first walkies with OH and the doggies since I broke my toe in January.  It was lovely - hedgerows full of blossom and spring flowers - several white flowers I don't recognise and not all daisy types, white campion, purple clover, purple wild orchids, proper blue bluebells, one or two cowslips still in bloom, speedwell and some escaped blue flowered pulmonaria with very pointed spotty leaves that I might have to go and rescue..  Much tweeting of birds, some crickets but not a lot of buzzing from other insects.

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