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Info on moving a clump of irises

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 22:54

It's a hooligan!  If it is pseudocarus be very severe with it.

Info on moving a clump of irises

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 19:09

Irises are best lifted and divided immediately after flowering.   They like to be in a sunny spot with well drained soil so their rhizome gets baked over the summer and makes flowers for the following year.

If you're desperate to move them now, water well and leave to soak an hour then lift them out.  Cut the rhizomes into thumb sized pieces making sure each has a bit of root and a bit of shoot.  Discard any that is rotten or has no shoots and roots.  Trim the foliage back by half to avoid wind rock when you replant, burying the roots but leaving the rhizome slightly proud of the soil   Water in well.   Don't be surprised if you get no flowers next year.

You could put them in pots to over winter in a sheltered corner so they don't freeze but I wouldn't have thought it would be a good permanent place to grow them. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:21

Kites already packed RB!

Haven't had brisket in donkeys' years.  Not a  cut I see here.

Twisted willow

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:00

Willows of any sort will seek water as far and as deep as they need so may well be a problem depending on distance from the wall concerned.  I gave a dozen away to people needing them for draining boggy lawn and pasture and have kept just one for me to take as a keepsake as the original twig came form a dear friend.   It will be planted well away from any structures.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:55

Well, the wind is getting a bit swirly but not too strong yet and there is still no rain nor thunder and lightning.  The ground is rock hard where I haven't been watering to allow me to work so really needs a good soaking and I need all the roses to get a good drink so I can take cuttings.

Dove - does your recipe work?  The one I tried was a complete failure.  Tasted OK but stayed liquid.

Yvie - be good!   Imagine those buttons instead as bits of flab coming off and think how good that will feel.

Sausages tonight - 100% pork and herbs baked in teh oven with red onion wedges, red pepper chunks, cherry toms and a dab of honey and balsamic and olive oil and thyme.   Pointy cabbage on the side.   Yum - and it means I can potter while it cooks.

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Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:41

No.  They're after your juicy worms all year and then have a burst of mate hunting and spring and another burst when the young leave home to set up their own territory.  No-one has ever been able to tell me that they are in any way useful. 

I get them running through the roots of treasures in the veggie plot and fruit beds as well as undermining the ornamental shrubs and perennials and making the lawn look like trench warfare with its system of collapsed tunnels making it uncomfortable to walk on and mow.  

Here I can buy and use a "détaupeur" which is effective but you can't in the UK.  I tried human traps but they just tossed them out of their runs or went round.

Call in a professional mole catcher.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 14:54

Stormy bits on their way with the wind getting excited now.   The leccy supply people have just finished replacing the 3 phase cable between us and the village with something twice as thick so I hope it will withstand storms better than the last one which would cut out at the first flash of lightning or strong wind whipping branches about so much they'd short the cable.

Hope you're not offline too long Busy.

Wonky - not nice.  Hope the bug works its way through quickly.  I agree about Mull FG.  It's a dirge!

LesleyK - those pygmies are just gorgeous.

Hybrid. Clematis, Acer.

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 14:37

I agree.  If it gets far enough it will investigate and invade any weak spots in your brick work, window frames, guttering and eaves and cause all sorts of bovver.   Lose the thug and nurture your clematis and acer.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 20:40

34C here and starting to get sticky.   Storm forecast has been brought forward to tomorrow afternoon.  I hope it does come and clears the air but mostly cos my garden is gasping for water.

Spring is finally here!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 20:37

I bought 3 new hamamelis today - all small and all in flower.

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