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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:40

Clari - par for the course I'm afraid given past performance.  You are well out of there.  Aw Wonky says, the people you welcomed and trained and hosted on their various visits appreciated you.

Wonky - maybe you'll develop gardening friends thru work.  Sounds like you're having fun there.  Enjoy yourself with Dove tomorrow and let her cosset you.

LG - I recognise the problem of thinking but not typing.  I'm sure we all do as we all seem to lead busy lives.

My plans for this pm went west.  Rain meant we couldn't do walkies straight after lunch and I fell asleep on the sofa instead of painting a bedroom wall.   Oh well.  There's always tomorrow.

Have a good TGIF evening everyone.

Rhubarb Leaves are Poisonous

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 17:17

They make great slug traps too.  When I picked ours I would cut the leaves off there and then and leave them on the ground and the next morning find lots of slugs hiding there and thus easy to remove and squish.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 14:59

Here it's warm drizzle at the mo so not dreich at all.  I can understand why you'd get depressed by dreich tho.  Unattractive but expressive word.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 14:50

Pansy - In French it's bruine, if that helps. 

Richard has some lovely new clems and many more established ones available direct from his nursery - https://www.hawthornes-nursery.co.uk/ 

Planting pots

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 14:05

I like to use wine corks in deep pots.  They keep it light when you need to move it after planting but also absorb water which is then available to the roots if the compost dried out a bit.   Doesn't work with plastic corks.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 14:02

Pansy - Drizzle for me is wet air that you can just about see.   Rain is when you can see and feel and often hear it without trying.  We have the latter at the mo.   Lovely stuff - wet enough to confine us and dogs and cats to barracks for the next hours or so.

M-U - we moved here to lessen Arthur tendencies and I've had very few twinges but blimey I felt stiff when we got home from dance class.  One hour of non stop Paso, Cuban bolero and Samba then 45 mins in the car equals one Obxx feeling over 27.   

I have nearly a 100 red onions sets growing in modules and nearly ready to goo into proper soil and I bought some Jerusalem artichokes at the SM today to plant in another bed and a selection of brassicas that would appreciate being planted out.   That's tomorrow sorted then.

In Belgium I always provided a coffee pot and freshly made cake or biscuits for builders of any persuasion plus a table and chairs so they didn't have to eat lunch in their van.  Anyone who was only there for a couple of hours was offered coffee.   Happy workers do a better job.

Here in France they refuse coffee and also go away for a 2 hour lunch at home or back at base so no need for treats and, in any case, the bloody oven wasn't up to cakes and biscuits or anything else for that matter.  New oven good but no workmen since.

Moving House

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 13:32

I did this last year as we were moving too - tho I did it before we put the house on the market last Easter so they had all summer to establish in their pots.  We arrived here on October 1st and they are all still in pots as we are only just getting round to creating the first border - blank canvas garden with lots of grass and the odd tree and shrub but no beds!

The last thing you need after a move is pressure to get plants in quickly.  Much better to have them potted so you can think carefully about their new home and carry out good soil preparation.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 08:50

Cloggie - agreed.  The rpevious owner of this house mixed some builders sand in the paint for the downstairs loo!  Two walls are textured yellow "beach" and the other two are smooth blue "sea" with starfish mirrors and tropical fish stickers.  She's a child minder and wanted the loo to be fun.

Brickman - Just hostas and brunnera are not enough for me.  Too similar in shape.  You need changes in height and texture and leaf form and something that looks good in winter when they're ll below ground.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:43

Sharp sand is usually dry so easy to mix  in and the grains are pointy and sharp so there are gaps even when they are compressed.  Builders' sand is smoother, smaller, round grains and won't open up clay soil in the way you need.   Waste of money for soil improving.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:09

Clay is usually very fertile but needs opening up to allow in air and improve drainage.  Before you plant anything you need to add a good thick layer of well rotted garden compost or cheap multi-purpose compost and some sharp sand (not builders') or fine grit and then fork it loosely in.

All sorts of lovely plants will do well if you can do that - astilbe, astilboides, aquilegias, brunnera, candelabra primulas, chelone, hostas, ligularia, hakonechloa, hostas, ferns, cornus canadensis, tiarellas, epimediums, geranium phaeum.....

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