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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:00

We have yet another branch off one of the ash trees and it's taken a smaller one with it.   Good job we plan to fell it anyway as it's a right mess now.    The wind is a lot less bracing now and it's dry so we've been for walkies after a raid on a builders' merchant to discuss paving slabs for the seating area.   Chappy not there but will call on Thursday.   

Thence to a garden and agricultural supplies place where chappy advised me that glyphosate will not kill my nettles or docks or other deep rooted nasties that are refusing to die in my potager and sold me something else.  We'll see.

rambling rector

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:20

No, definitely only 2 to 3 weeks and then you'll get hips in late summer/autumn.   If you want perfumed, simple white flowers over the summer you need a repeat flowering rambler such as Snowgoose from David Austin but it only gets to 8' or they have a pale pink one - The Lady of the Lake which gets to 12' or Malvern Hills which is pale yellow and gets to 10' or so.

Blue rose help!

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 14:30

If you still have any blue/purple stems they will be obvious.  If not, ditch it and start again and buy form a good source.

Blue rose help!

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:55

You should be able to see the graft union at the base of the plant.  Any stems coming from below that need cutting off.   Any above it need to be nurtured as that's your blue rose.  If there are none of thses then your blue rose has either died back or been knocked or pruned off and you need to start again.

When planting roses it is now advised that the graft union should be buried 1 to 2 inches below soil level as this makes the plant stronger and allows the variety to put down some roots of its own for extra stability.   Make sure you feed them generously every spring with some slow release rose fertiliser and, if possible, a mulch of well rooted manure after a good drink.   You can buy it in bags in DIY and garden centres now.

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:48

I suspect they're noisy here because it's quiet and the low density of people and houses means the sound can carry.

There's also an invasion going on.   Belgian frogs used to be normal but then some furriners arrived from eastern Europe, I believe, and they positively cackle.   We could hear them from the ponds in the next village nearly 2kms away and then they arrived in the pond in the paddock across the road from us.  They're probably in our old pond by now - not conducive to a good night's sleep.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:41

I don't know who's in charge of the weather today but reckon they could ease up on the wind!   It's whipping round here at a  fair old lick.   Not friendly.

Painting then, now that we've got the shopping done.

Gorgeous lily Hosta.

Chicken resistant plants?

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:37

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Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:31

Someone has actually researched this and measured a 10yr old plant, its stems, main roots and lateral roots.  Main roots went down to 10 to 12 ' so I reckon you need to use a brushwood killer direct on the roots or else let some green foliage appear so that it can absorb glyphosate and pass it down t othe roots.  Whichever you choose, I reckon you'll need several applications to kill it.


Using wood mulch on paths

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:13

The RHS has concluded that nitrogen depletion is negligible.

I used chipped bark to great effect in my last garden for paths and as weed suppressant mulches.  In this new garden I don't need paths but I have just ordered 10 cubic metres of the stuff for mulching new beds to keep weeds down and retain moisture.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 09:16

Good morning.  A wild and woolly night here and it's still windy but notraining any more.   We have blue skies now.

Off to see a man about a load of chipped bark and do a raid on the SM and then painting and planting, as ever.

Clari - I'd be tempted to cover that with polythene and make a grow house.  Where will the chucks sleep?  I hope you're enjoying the new job.

Pat - it's a well known fact that as we get older our reaction times slow down and our sight and hearing can lose their acuity and we can be less aware of our surroundings.  There are definitely some dangerous 80 year olds out there who should not be on the road endangering others but then there are also some younger people who aren't safe either.    

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