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What is this please???

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:40

Try strimming off all the foliage at the base.   You can then water thoroughly to allow you to lift up the roots and put it n your green bin.

Alternatively, you could use a glyphosate weedkiller on the new growth that will come if you leave the roots.  It may take several applications.  Even if you dig up all the roots you can find you may miss bits and it will return but, with persistence, you should win eventually.   

This is the approach I am taking and it's working for me so far.  I like to have a bit of it but I don't want it all over the garden and it is popping up in some surprising places in this new garden.

What's wrong with my Camellia?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 17:42

If flowers are dropping off it's an indication the plant is stressed and taking measures to conserve energy.

Have you tried seeing if it is pot bound?  It looks like a big shrub so may be under-potted.

Have you checked the roots for vine weevil or some other nasty?

Have you tried giving it extra water with some tomato feed?   Rain is never enough for plants in pots except during the dormant season.  Camellias need plenty from mid July to late autumn or they will drop their flower buds.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 17:31

TB - I used to love walnut whips but, after years of proper Belgian chocolate made with cocoa butter the WW just tasted greasy.     Can't do Cadbury's choc any more either.

The sticky chocolate orange hot cross buns (nod to Possum who thinks she hates dried fruit ) are delish.   A keeper.    BBC Good Food recipe.  

I have planted the last of the hostas in the hosta bed along with some geranium macrorhizum, a white vinca minor and a white Japanese anemone and some hemerocallis.  The snowdrops have gone in too.  Just need to sort out some daffs now but too shattered and it's getting late here.   

We've had to put a fence round it to stop the dogs barging up and down and barking at the neighbour's dog.  They've broken off bits of hydrangea and flattened some of the smaller hostas.  Mongrels!

Clari - Fingers crossed for you.

Gaura plants - frost hardy?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 14:15

My pleasure.  I bought some myself a couple of weeks ago and plan to take cutting both to increase and preserve them.

never grew them in teh Belgian garden as I knew they wouldn't cope.  Friends treated them as annuals which seemed a waste to me but I never had space in my wee greenhouse which was full of salvias and hostas and a gunnera every winter.   Here I shall have a bigger polytunnel so plenty fo space - in theory.

First cuckoo?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 14:12

Yes.  A week or two ago.  The earliest ever in Belgium was the 25th of April so this was 3 weeks earlier.   It'll be interesting to see if they stick around longer then the Belgian ones which always lef in mid-July.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 14:10

We live in hope Liri. I decided to go and hang up some summer tops still lurking in packing boxes and have had to stop because he's now nesting in the box.  Managed to jump in OK except for the clutzy landing on his head!   Purry boy now.

Time to get mucky.

Gaura plants - frost hardy?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 13:12

I think they're supposed to be hardy to -5C.   You could take cuttings as insurance or else plant them in pots and shelter them.  I suspect it's wet as well as cold that gets them.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 13:07

Great cartoon Dove.

His main problem is that he hasn't yet realised his back legs are for propulsion so he will climb or pull using his front legs (lovely when it's my jeans to get to my shoulder) rather than push and jump with what horsey folk call impulsion.   He's on his hands rather than his hindquarters.  We can always tell when he's coming downstairs cos Minstrel is a silent pussy who knows what her muscle groups are for.

He has managed to limp outside to sunbathe, then came in for a re-assuring cuddle and has now jumped over Rasta to get outside again with no limp.  I think he's going to be fine.   Boys!

Bonzo is whimping now cos I've just applied the flea and tick treatment to his neck.  he seems to think it's a punishment.  Bozo.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:27

I love toasted almonds in chocolate and somebody has started selling them done in salted caramel and then copped and mixed into chocolate.   Very dangerous stuff for chocaholics like me.

If it's anything like the Walnut Whip I bought at the English shop a few years ago Busy I fear your Creme Egg will be a disappointment.    Have fun with your new car.  Does she have a name?

I had expected to be getting mucky in the garden by now but Cosmos has a hurty - he says - so I'm waiting for an hour to see if he's OK or needs vetting.  He is hopeless at jumping and missed when he jumped onto Possum's window sill and fell.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:17

LB - probably.  Sorry.  Post meant for the person who said they don't like cooking and need inspiring.

We don't celebrate Easter here except as an excuse to have chocolate.    

Rasta doggy is home and sporting glamorous glittery red nail varnish which we find hilarious as she's not a  girly dog at all.  I've just found her nicking the clam shells I've put o my baby azaleas pot as a decorative mulch.   Cleaned them so they don't smell fishy to a human nose but clearly she can pick up something.

Cosmos "clutz" kitten has a hurty.  He jumped up to Possum's window sill and missed.  Typical of him.  Now he says his back leg hurts and has a slight limp so we're keeping an eye in case he's not just being a boy and milking sympathy.

Another hour of staying clean then, just in case.

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