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Kilmarnock Salix

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:48

If you scratch a branch with your finger nail do you see green?   If not they're probably dead.

These things are grafted onto a root stock and, in my experience, short lived.   They are willows so require a lot of water.   Mine curled up, despite being well watered, after just 5 or 6 years.  A friend's died after 7.

In the end I was pleased mine died as its grafted head grew its branches far too long for the root stock stem and I was forever pruning the thing to stop the branches swamping ground cover and other plants.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 11:47

Started sunny and warm so OH and I have moved pots from winter cover to a sheltered, south facing aspect so I can water, top dress and feed them.   Getting too very windy now and huge clouds flying by so I'm done for the day - apart from plant plans ticking over on simmer while I paint walls and then do patchwork homework while they dry.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 11:44

Started gloriously sunny after rain in the night.   Now getting ridiculously windy and heavy clouds zapping along.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 11:42

Morning all.  It started sunny but is getting very veryw indy now.  OH has helped me move all of the pots out of the barn except teh acer which won't cope with teh wind and I've watered them all - hostas; lillies,hydrangea paniculatas, clems and roses - and taken troughs of bulbs out of the shed so they can get daylight and rain and opened up the greenhouse to start acclimatising the plants in there - gunnera, fuchsias, more roses, acidantheras, hot lips and pineapple sage,

Now the wind is getting silly so we've come in for a brunch of bacon and hot cross bun butties;   We have a proper Neuhaus chocolate egg for Possum and little Milka ones for family nibbling.  I see Brits in the English shop buying Cadbury's.  

Why?   Have they no taste buds as well as no social conscience?

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 13:18

So was Possum.  No tantrums at any stage until just recently.   Bit of a shock to the aging parents and hard to deal with especially as we know that hiding in there somewhere is a delight.

Ceiling done, masking tape done on skirting boards and doors ready for walls.   Window embrasure painted too.

Spot of lunch and then off to the GC for a pot for a Chrystal Fountain clematis I need to rescue and nurture as it doesn't seem to thrive in its current position.  Just a few metres along from an exuberant Arabella in the same bed and soil.  

Garden design fails

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 13:13


Garden design fails

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:38

I have just planted 3 weeping willow branches along the stream in our paddock across the road.  They have their place and are intended to suck up excess flood water as well as hide the view of a white "cottage" which used to be hidden by a high conifer hedge.

The new owners have cut the conifers to 2m high and stripped all the branches on the outside to make a parking space.  It looks hideous from here.  They are now intending to add a storey to their "cottage" and make it a house.  That will take 9 months and needs to be hidden from view from my kitchen window.

Belgians tend to like their front gardens to be neat and ordered which all too often means geometric rows of red salvias or geraniums with bare soil and red and yellow tulips in spring.   The Walloons aren't as tidy as the Flemish who go in for tight evergreen balls or cones of box and privet and clipped grass.  They also like rows of standard roses or standard pink and cream Japanese willow.   Has to be tidy.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:26

Wonky - she's a student at Namur, just 20kms away.  She lived out for her second year and it was a disaster so she's back home again and actually working hard and passing her exams now.  She has her driving licence and a car so is independent in that sense.  I would just like some good manners, an occasional smile and a willing hand to set the table and empty the dishwasher.  

5 minutes a day is too much to ask?

I do know not to expect her to do any gardening or plant related things.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:00

Humph!  I wish my daughter would discover the Zen of gardening.   She' having late teenage grumps.  Not attractive at 21.

As a toddler and small child she liked nothing better than pottering with a watering can and helping mum and eating all the strawberries and blueberries fresh from the plant but now she barely even goes out there except, rarely, when pushed to play with the dogs.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 09:04

No gardening yesterday unless you count taking 8 twisted willows to new homes with ballroom teacher and colleagues.  Been cunning too.  OH cut our grass far too early and far too short last week - not listening to his boss - so I arranged for maintenance man to collect the mower for servicing.   It'll be away for 2 weeks during which time the grass can recover and OH can weed and feed and scarify if he must, but not scalp!

Today I'm on ceiling painting duty first and then we'll be turfing over-wintered pots of hosta, lilies, roses, clematis and so on out into the daylight against a sheltered south facing wall.    They'll get top-dressed and fed while the paint dries.

Weather not looking good for tomorrow and worse on Monday so,in a way, it's a good job I have painting to do.

Hosta - looks like satisfying work.   Well done.

Busy - so many babies!   English or French?

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