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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 13:09

Believe me Dove.  A boot like that is so much better than a plaster cast as you can remove it to wash and scratch any itches and adjust it as the swelling goes down.  

LP - glad the eye is improving.  That must be a relief.  

Busy - culture shock for you but at least it's temporary and you can maybe have a siesta.  Good that you can help out.   No 2 will need lots of hugs so she doesn't get her nose put out of joint.

We have been to do a raid on the SM at Luçon this morning which leaves me free for a few days to get as grubby as I like in the garden or painting or sanding as I see fit.   I was hoping to find pots of dill or fennel in the herb section but they had none and by the time we finished the GCs were closed for lunch so another wee trip this pm to Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits (love the name) to get compost and hunt for herbs.   It's quite cool at 22c so maybe I can plant the last of the "sunny" perennials in the silk tree bed and make a start on roses and clems.......   

I did think I might grow cannas here but have concluded you don't get a lot of flower for all that leaf so they'll have to wait for new "hot" beds in the future - maybe.   Bought lots of named Bishop dahlias online but only one has grown any shoots.  The rest just went hollow but two I bought on impulse in a local sale have done well - so far..

Greetings all and have a lovely day.

Dying Blueberry plant?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:49

Looks thirsty to me.  They are woodland edge plants from the USA and Canada so don't like to be thirsty or baked.   I once left two blueberry plants in pots - along with many other treasures - to be watered by a friend's daughter whilst we were away for just 2 weeks.  She didn't follow instructions and underestimated the amount they needed so I came home to two crisp blueberries.

I watered them profusely, standing them in trays so they could soak it up.  It took a while but both greened up again and I then trimmed off the dead ends of each stem.   Having learned my lesson, I got OH to dig me two 60cm square and deep holes in a spot in the veggie plot, filled it with ericaceous compost and planted my blueberries in there once they'd recovered.  Watered in with rainwater and mulched with a thick layer of chipped bark.

All the other pots were henceforth gathered together with an automatic night time sprinkler to keep them happy.

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uploading photos

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:42

If you google "resize image" you will get several options for reducing the size of photos to make them easier to show on here or send by email..

Nora is a moderator on here and helps with technical issues.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 21:20

Hosta - this couple are ex work colleagues and we've been friends for over 30 years. As we are new here ourselves we're happy to go off and explore with them or flop at base while they go off.  He's a steam train buff so we've organised tickets for an excursion on a Vendée choo-choo.   They'll have their car so will be autonomous.

The next lot are BIL and 2 SILS who are coming by plane so need fetching and carrying and they don't speak any French so they need shepherding.   The things I do to maintain OH's family ties!   But it's a lot better for me to have them here than to go there cos I end up doing all the shopping and cooking anyway if I want edible food.

It's stayed really cool today and the forecast rain has not materialised.   However the garden is positively purring after all the rain early this morning.   OH can't understand why potting compost is on teh shopping list again.


What has happened to me?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 21:01

Actually, at 37 you're a late developer.   I got my first garden - and thus free rein - when I was 29.  Before that I'd played in my parents' garden and with window boxes in various flats.  

Gardening has been an essential part of my life for well over 30 years and if theer'd been an internet and a forum when I started I'd have been all over it looking up plants and chatting to like minded people.

Packing paper - hanging basket liner.

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 18:15

Good idea.  i remember seeing AT experimenting with different basket liners and finding that old jumpers came out tops.  He was then inundated with purpose knit liners form his fans.

One year at Keukenhof they were experimenting with different liners and using old cotton clothes and fabric scraps and leaving pointy, handkerchief skirt type pieces trailing over the side then coordinating the planting to the colours.

Recycling can be fun as well as inexpensive..

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 18:10

I'm mucky again.  Been potting up spare hostas in newly liberated ceramic pot to make a teeny display on the north facing terrace.   Decided my scented leaf pelargonium (used for infusing cream for ice cream) can go in a proper pot on the terrace and no longer be a house plant and have sown trays of alyssum, California poppy, pheasant's eye and cosmos to use as fillers plus some Pam's Choice foxgloves to grow on for next spring.  Need to buy more seed trays now.

I've also split a very frothy flowered saxifrage into over a dozen wee rosettes and a big sanguuisorbia has now become 5.   Fingers crossed they all take.

Looks like rain is on the way so I'm in for a mug of decaf and then a shower while a pastilla cooks for dinner.

Funnily enough Hosta, we have become a stopover spot for people on their way to or from points beyond.   The next lot are spending 4 days here between other friends and rellies near Pouancé and Bordeaux.

Bob - do show us a pic when it's up.  I was looking at Rhinos before I decided to get a polytunnel instead - 4 times the size for the same price including a green mesh removable cover.   Just waiting for the weeds to die before putting down the central path and planting goodies.

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:57

I can well understand your excitement.  Enjoy.

Lichen Infested Trees

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:55

Lichen is simply a sign of clean air and not a threat to trees.  It looks to me as tho your apple trees are old, hungry and badly neglected.  I suggest you have a look at this information on the RHS website and then decide whether yo can renovate them yourself or need a tree surgeon -


As a first step, I would remove the grass from around the base of the trunks to a diameter of at least a metre and fork in some blood, fish and bone and give them a good drink.  Mulch the cleared area with well rotted garden compost or manure and cover with chipped bark or gravel to keep down the weeds so there is less competition for water and nutrients.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:35

I expect the hesperis will cope tho may adopt an unusual attitude.

We have two shrubs on the slope between the gravel and the grass and one has suffered in the stormy winds and is now lying almost horizontal.  They are covered in white flowers so I shall leave them be till that's done and then the flopped one can be moved to form part of the mixed hedge along the roadside as we have gaps where stuff has died.

Busy - how lovely to be able to spend time with your little ones and know you plants are being cared for.   We are due a bit more rain this afternoon and then none till Friday.

Chicky - that iris is gorgeous.   I have planted about 2 doz in my new island bed and some will be surprises but I love the form.  Whilst weeding the other bed I managed to decapitate an allium which is now in a glass and has opened up fully.   Maybe one for the cuttings garden when I get it.

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