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What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 21:44

Cold, wet and windy here.  No gardening at all and not a lot likely tomorrow as OH are preparing for our week in the Vendée leaving Possum and Pusscat to play while we and the dogs are away.    Just need to make sure my treasures in pots are safe and will get rained on but not blasted by any high winds.

Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:32

We had the same problem when we started on our field.   Got a man with a  bulldozer to smooth the surface and scoop out a natural pond for drainage as it was boggy cow pasture before.   Then put up a fence and planted shrubs to make a windbreak and attract birds.   Put the rest to grass except for a terrace seating area at the back of the house.

Over the years we've dug out beds and planted more stuff and bulldozer man came back to build a railway sleeper retaining wall and scoop earth about to make a flat fruit and veg area behind the house.

You need to decide what you want - seating area, pond, woodland area, shrubbery, island beds, evergreens, fruits, veggies, pergolas, arbour etc, children's play space, doggy space, greenhouse, shed etc.   Work out how much time you want to spend outside enjoying the space and how much time you have to spare to maintain it all.   Will you buy in or grow from seeds and cuttings?  Does it have to be instant or can it develop as you and your ideas develop?

Try and draw it out on paper then start in one corner and work out, or back, or along as time and budget and plants allow..

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:20

Well, it is a bake off of sorts and they're supposed to be top professionals. but seemed a bit messy to me.   Shan't bother to watch it again.   I love trying different things and do at least one new recipe a week for our meals but some of the stuff on the real Bake Off is sufficiently Flights of Fancy for me and it's fun too.

Spent the morning wrestling with a wardrobe we've had stashed in the attic and trying to work out how to put it back together.  Need to find the keys now.  Then cleaning it and the rest of the house.  Re-made a bed - frame and bedding and about to put a dressing table back in and then glass of wine and dinner.   Tomorrow is 6 hours of patchwork class and then some messing with plants.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:09

That looks a lot like mine.  Thanks Perki.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 13:15

Sissinghurst white is good too.   I have an unknown variety with very silvery leaves and deep blue flowers.   Any ideas?   Not that it really matters as I like it anyway.

Recommend Dutch Hoe

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 09:17

I don't get on with a Dutch hoe but I do like my double balded push-me-pull-you hoe head in the Wolf range.    We have two of the 6" wide and one of the 4" so both of us can play and they attach to a range of available handle lengths so can be used kneeling for close work or standing for clearing a larger area or veg bed.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 09:13

Saw some of the bulls - impressive.  Can be dodgy garden neighbours though.  We had one enormous Belgian Blue next door one year who did not approve of us gardening and would stand and huff and puff and blow and give us the evil eye, paw the ground, squirt poo at us and all sorts.   The others have all been OK and one even liked to have his head rubbed.

Didn't take to the Crème de la Crème.  Some interesting flavour combos in round one but all too fiddled with for me and what chef in his right mind and with taste buds uses Golden Delicious?  So many tasty British apples and they go for French pap.

Glad you're better Wonky.   Happy gardening everyone.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 19:50

I am, of course, perfectly sane.  It's everyone else around me that isn't normal and thinks I'm mad.

OH's are never divine SGL.   Certainly not a good idea to give them more than faint praise in their hearing either as it goes to their head!


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 17:52

I thought Katie was supposed to have moved on but we've been having hearty gusts again today.    Despite that I did get about 4 hurs oy there this pm.  Pruned (savagely hacked) a cornus Midwinter Fire; tied in Constance Spry to her new trellis panels, pruned (gently hacked) a wild rose and a toothache tree that were attacking OH by the shed, turfed roses in pots and a choisya out of the greenhouse and into a sheltered spot to get acclimatised, moved tubs and troughs of bulbs out from the shed to the front of house, top dressed and watered 40 or so other pots already there and do on and so forth.   

Now to go and move a bit of furniture back to the newly painted bedroom and have a long hot shower before dinner.

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:37

Rowans are often recommended for small gardens so keep at least one but both if possible.  Ash trees get huge and are likely to get ash die-back disease so I would get rid now before it becomes a major logistical problem.

I would also consider lifting slab at the feet of the trees to allow more light, air and water onto the soil.  You can improve the soil with some bought in compost and plant some spring daffs and maybe allium Purple Sensation for later on and ground cover such as geranium macrrohizum which has a long season of interest - flowers in late spring/early summer and good foliage which turns red in winter.

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