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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 08:14

NO frost here but a cold northerly wind blasting my nether regions when I went to feed the birds and move some hosta pots from sunny front to shady rear of house.

Off to a meeting of dance club presidents this morning then gardening this pm.

Rasta doggy still limping for morning cuddles and sympathy but runs round the garden like a puppy when she thinks I'm not looking.   Horrible dog!

Someone asked earlier on about Chelsea - I'm going on the Wednesday and dragging OH along on the grounds that he has to do it at least once in his life.  After all I went with him to rugby internationals and golf club dinners.......Yawn.  (dinners not rugby.  Lots of lovely thighs to admire back then and some decent rugby too.)

After Chelsea we're off to see Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto and no doubt indulge in a bit of HRT (horticultural retail therapy).

Happy Saturday everyone.  Hope all illnesses and injuries are getting better and you have a fine day for gardening.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 17:11

Italian ice cream will be so much better than their cake.   Enjoy.

I have lifted my hosta - left one lump in the ground to grow on with plenty of space and split the rest to pot up in 2 10 inch pots and 1 20 inch.  Gave them a pep talk so hope they'll be OK.  It was in my damp shade bed which has now had a whole bag of soil conditioner spread over it and I've planted out some lovely white Thalia daffs I had planted in a window box after finding them lurking in the garage too late to plant in the ground.

Now I'm lovely and mucky and need a shower before going dancing.

Cephalaria gigantia in a narrow bed

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 14:41

I have one of these and while the upper growth carrying the flower stems is light and airy and transparent, the base florette of foliage gets bigger every year and wider than 2' in my experience.   I suspect that next to a very narrow path it might be a pain to brush past on wet days but it's otherwise a sturdy and attractive plant so should stand up to it.

Mine is rather larger than the one in the photo above.

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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 10:00

Lake Garda is beautiful but I don't recall ever having good cake on our frequent trips to Italy.   Great food otherwise and great coffee.

Sunny here and fresh and breezy because last night we had a spectacular thunder storm with impressive lightening to the north so we could watch it all from our living room windows.   Been on cleaning duties this morning - floor washing mostly - as I have visitors coming but I will manage a couple of hours getting myself mucky this pm once I've done posters for next year's dance classes.

I need to llift a big hosta and split it and there's a rose I need to move - bit late I know - and nursery pots to clean up and repot and all those spring weeds to carry on clearing.........

Forum changes now live

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 09:49

PP - I have adblocker which does mean loads of empty space which I had before too.  It just didn't glare at me.

You are right - they are putting back what we had before and it is for that we are grateful as the original new version was unusable to the majority of us and we'd have ended up losing our community aspeople dispersed to other sites or just gave up.

It is now up to Daniel and the team to fix what they can as fast as they can and up to us to be patient a while longer and carry on helping and amusing and informing each other.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 23:42

Sorry Daniel but UK ads are of little interest or relevance to those of us outside the UK and you'd be amazed how many companies won't post to the EU or else charge an arm and a leg.

Still glarey white and pale blue/grey here on an HP Pavilion laptop.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:17

I can see more threads on the Latest posts page which is a definite improvement but my screen is still mostly blank grey with a newly softer white for the content.   Still seems to me to be a lot of wasted space at the top.  Why can't Latest Posts appear on the same line as the number of posts and the page numbering?

I think the contrast between font and background could be much sharper.  Black instead of dark grey would be clearer and less tiring.

In the green block at the top Gardeners World could appear all on one line along with Logout. That would save space too but maybe too wide for portable devices?

I am busy doing the posters to advertise the dance club's assorted classes and activities for the next academic year so am very conscious of things like font, spacing and background and getting in all the info needed.  The forum pages still look very empty to me.   I do have adblocker.

Great to have pages numbers at the top and bottom.

Well done team.   Roll on the next lot of upgrades.

Vinegar Weed Killer

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 16:14

I think salt is really bad as it changes the soil and kills off beneficial micro organisms.   Better to use a carefully applied systemic weedkiller or a blow torch if your drive is too big to weed by hand.

To stone or not to stone

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:32

The RHS has been doing some research on container gardening and best techniques and now advises not to crock or stone in layers but just enough to stop compost leaking from the drainage hole(s).

The interesting thing about the wine corks is that they soak up excess moisture and then release it if the compost gets a bit dry - and the collection process is enjoyable too.

Rose Garden

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:23

Ornamental alliums and lavender are great companions and help deter aphids which don't like their smell.

Hardy geraniums and heucheras make great ground cover hummocks of attractive foliage with the bonus of flowers.  Which you use depends on your soil and aspect and exposure.

I also have hardy cyclamens, snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths, pulsatilla, aquilegia, London Pride and penstemons in my main rose bed.   In another more shaded bed I have variegated ground elder, violets and hellebores under the roses.

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