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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 12:49

She sounds lovely.   We like leeks too.

We've received prescriptions for flu jabs - automatic now we're 27.   Never bothered in Belgium but might here as they had a bad outbreak last year and I don't want to miss anything by being laid up in bed.

Forgot to mention.......I was a bit naughty yesterday and ordered 5 clematis online and a yuzu plant - but I had been good taking lots of cuttings and sowing collected seeds.  Honest.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 11:52

Greetings all.  Sounds like a busy day for most of us.    I'm just waiting for a large, cheesy damper to bake to have with beetroot soup and then sewing and sowing.

DL - I went to school in Lymm and lived in Grappenhall for a my teen years.  Lovely area for adults and kids!

Busy - hope you're stiff and achy bits aren't stopping you enjoying yourself.  I shall be passing thru there in a couple of weeks to meet up with Possum in Bilbao to explore and relax.   We'll definitely get to Gernika and maybe San Seb.   

DD - hope your campaign is a success this weekend.  Cakes look good.

Chicky - that is the one thing we don't have here - curry houses.  Getting good at making my own tho now I've found the spice shop.

WW - hope your hands behave for a few years as you are enjoying it so much. 

Oven's beeping.  Catch you later. 

Pruning Information

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 11:45

It's worth feeding anything that isn't performing and that you'd like to keep.   You should wait for rain so the soil is moist and also clear any weeds or grass from the base as these compete for nutrients and moisture.  Then you can add a generous layer of well-rotted garden compost and/or manure.  You could also pour on ericaceous compost to help them - if they are indeed magnolias.   Do not use mushroom compost as this is alkaline and will harm them.

That will help them over the winter.  Next spring, give them a generous handful each of pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and some more mulch.   This way you feed the soil and its organisms rather than giving a quick chemical fix and you'll end up with healthier plants.   To encourage flowering, water with liquid rose or tomato food in spring but make sure you use rain water if the tap water is hard.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 11:29

Indian summer here.  24C yesterday pm and sunshine all day with hardly any breeze.   Just enough cloud around to make a rosy sunset.   Looks like the same again today but a bit warmer.  

Love it but would also love some rain.  My gardening "to do" list is on hold because it's so dry.

Home grown potted oaks

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 21:29

Mildew happens when growing conditions are poorly ventilated and, usually, too moist.  If they get it in the wild they either grow strong enough to recover or die.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 15:02

Yes of course.  Better to give it room to grow than to starve it or risk freezing its roots in a teeny pot. 

More identification needed please

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 14:57

You could well be right about skimmia.

More identification needed please

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 14:51

Top might be a physocarpus diabolo. 2 might be copper beech or hazel, 5 looks like ceratostigma, 9 may be one of the choisya x dewitteana forms and the last looks like it may be one of the evergreen viburnums. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 12:02

I know Joyce.  Supposed to get   75 mm in a normal October.  Ha!   Not a drop in sight - http://www.meteo60.fr/radars-precipitations-pluie-france.php

Home grown potted oaks

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:48

I agree.  These are naturally hardy, deciduous trees that need a period of winter dormancy after leaf fall.

Absolutely no place in a city flat.  They get huge.  Even if you bonsai them they'd need to be outside and have a winter.

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