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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:35

Busy - what lovely news.  Congrats to all concerned.

OH and I have retreated from the sun for a while to have lunch.  I've been planting and he's been digging for my new rose and clems beds.   It's quite noisy out there - lots of birdsong and crickets doing what they do.   Frogs have gone quiet tho.

Clari - you need to teach your OH to iron his own shirts.  Keep him out of trouble.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:29

Our favourite SM has installed 3 "daisy" solar panels dooberries in the car park.  The panels open up from the centre like daisy petals and the whole thing turns to track the sun.  Folds up to reduce wind resistance in bad weather.  Brilliant.  I just don't understand wind turbines in a place like this as it's sunny, even in winter.  Even in Belgium we generated loads with our roof panels.

Wonky - invest in some factor 50 and train mates of OH to apply it to the parts you can't reach.  We even have some for Cosmos' ears as white cats round here can get skin cancer.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 09:50

Good morning all.  Good to see you Bushman.

We had thunder last night but distant and no rain.   Clouds all gone now except for some hazy stuff and heading for another scorchio today.   I ended up waiting for the relative cool of the evening to start planting the new bed.  The soil is bone dry so will need lots of watering.  

Clari - I have a feeling your OH won't notice the state of the house as he'll be exhausted.

Dove - have you got knitting to keep you distracted?   Bird watching?

Great photos FG.   Pat - your peppers should ripen on a  sunny windowsill.   Love the colour of those streps. 

Gravel garden

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 23:42

I think what struck me most about Beth Chatto's garden, in the dry garden, canal garden and woodland, was the amazing use of green in all its shades, forms and textures with colour and added texture and form from flowers as highlights.    

I think that could be done in a smaller space and with a limited palette to keep it cohesive.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 23:26

 It's the Chelsea Flower Show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.   It's supposed to be about horticultural excellence with plants as the main course, not as an afterthought once all the concrete, stone or whatever are in place.

We've had British quarry gardens feature on GW and also in the RHS magazine but they are nothing like the drab, arid mess of that Maltese pastiche.  They are lush with trees, shrubs, water - because the UK has rain - and all sorts of plants that will glory in the conditions and make you forget it's essentially a hole in the ground.

I also think the Beeb should spend more time in the marquee showcasing the remarkable plantsmen and women who grow and develop such amazing plants in all their variety and to such high standards.

I can't be the only person not remotely interested in celebs or what they think about it all or what they do in their own gardens.   The place is heaving with experts.  Let them speak and inform.

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Demon cat

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 22:37

Certainly not Papi Jo.  They're so entertaining and cuddly too.

Gravel garden

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 22:30

You need to go to the library and get a book by Beth Chatto called The Dry Garden.  It describes how she transformed a former car park for garden visitors into a dry, gravel garden.   Lots of serious weeding and soil prep beforehand then plants that suit the conditions, one watering and then thrive or die.

The results are fabulous.  OH and I visited last May, after Chelsea, because we are hoping tohave a dry gravel garden feature here.   Some pics -


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Demon cat

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:24

One of our kittens had a thing about the asparagus fern and either chewed it or dug in it so it has had to be moved.  In previous feline times, I had one that nested in a tradescantia.   

I have also had cats completely ignore catmint planted for their entertainment.  Who can say what cats think?

Allium bulgaricum stems

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:12

I fnd that if grown on their own, their stems develop snake-like flexibility and ends.  When I grow them up through other planting they stay straight - at least I'm assuming that's a plausible explanation as I have had straight stems for several years now but, in this new garden, I planted some in an otherwise bare bed and voilà - bendy bits.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:09

I fail to see why the BBC should not aspire to excellence rather than regurgitating the same old same old every year.   

I also fail to see why the RHS section that organises the show thinks it's OK to have main gardens that are more about hard landscaping and water than plants.  It's a horticultural society after all and a flower show.  Me thinks they may have forgotten.  I shall be writing, as a concerned member, to remind them.

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