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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:21

Butty!  What's taken them so long to realise you need a CT scan?   Progress indeed.  Have fun with Lyn.   No new hostas here till I see how the ones I brought with me do in the new bed which is now a foliage bed with lots of hostas.

OH is ironing.  Dogs and kittens all flopalot.  I'm off to sew.

New to gardening - caring for plug plants

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:18

Pot them all on now into small pots - too big may lead to roots rotting so it's best to pot on in stages as they grow.

Pinch out all flowers and flower buds so they concentrate on root and leaf growth for a while as this will make stronger plants that flower better.  They'll soon catch up and produce more flowers.  An occasional liquid feed of tomato food will help.

Keep them watered, but not drowning, and keep them sheltered from winds and late frosts and cold nights.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:12

Liri - I have never lost a bird that came down the chimney or in thru the window.  OH clearly needs a talk on tactics.

Good luck with the mane taming.  I now just grow mine long enough to tie back and give my fringe an occasional trim so I can see out.  Any other "style" means I can't see when I'm bending over in the borders.

It's a long weekend again here in France as Monday is the VE day holiday.   Big day on Sunday too.

Plant hunting tomorrow at an organic veggie garden and nursery that has an Open Day.

Passion fruit leaves yellowing and falling off - what to do?

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:22

Not an expert but it looks hungry to me and I think that pot is too small.  Planting composts are usually formulated with a max of 90 days' worth of nutrients so I suggest you feed it some liquid tomato fertiliser which will help with flowers and fruits and give it a top dressing of slow release granules for the longer term.   

This is what the RHS has to say about growing this plant but bear in mind they are not reliable hardy outdoors in the UK so adjust as necessary - www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=295

Wisteria overload?

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:15

You could plant one of the spares in a bed and wind it round a strong central post and train it as a standard.   Could be a feature in your front garden?

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:07

Good morning.   Too cold in the wind for gardening at the mo so more sewing this morning.  No voiles!

I have begun the cull of Spanish bluebells with a spray on those on their own or in grass.   Others will have to be dug out so we can rescue the real daffs and cyclamens we want to keep.   There's a whole bunch of them in a narrow bed round the old well and there's a campsis now pushing through with a vengeance since we hacked it last autumn.   It had done a triffid all over the drive but we'd like to keep it and train it over the well if poss.

Found some proper bluebells in the plant fair at the weekend and am keeping them well away for now but hope to establish a good colony.

No hanging baskets here so far.  Not a single hook or bracket for them!   Pots for now then.

Have a good day everyone with lots of dollop.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 08:56

Morning all.  Cloudy bits here but dry and very blowy with significant wind chill.   Definitely an indoors morning to begin with.  Sewing again.

Silly sparrow in the chimney this morning.  OH opened the fire door and out it flew, only to panic and bash itself on a window.   Rasta got to it first and is now looking for more.

Clari - your house progress sounds good.  How's the garden, and job prospects?

Well done Pat.  Job well done.

Have a good day all.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 22:24

You have to apply Liri and in time for all the admin to go through - https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting 

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 22:22

Had planned to sew this morning and sow this afternoon but, as ever, got distracted by other stuff so no sowing.   Modifying voile curtains for our landing window took far longer than I though cos it just doesn't sit still and OH kept interrupting too.   Cold and very drying north wind all day so spent ages watering my treasures.

Dance class this evening so an early dinner meant no time to get really mucky before heading for a shower.   Tomorrow we're on a mission to buy water butts.  We need 7 but all the GCs and DIY shops have the 300 litre ones at 250€ so we've dithered.  Super U has them on at 60€ for the next week.

After that I will get the sweetcorn sown.

When we first moved to Belgium our power would cut out at the first hint of lightning but they upgraded the junction boxes in the villages and that was sorted.   Then it would go because trees had grown up high and their branches waving around in strong winds would slap the wires and short the supply.   Much hacking would follow and we also got new cabling but still overground and trees re-grow......   We always had candles and matches on hand in every room and a gas hobs so I could cook.   

Finger crossed, touch wood etc but it's been fine here so far but we haven't had any extreme weather either.  Nevertheless we still have a gas hob, leccy ovens and candles in every room, just in case.

Cats and kittens have brought in a myriad of strange things over the years - frogs with no legs, curly, slightly chewed grass snakes - still alive, dead moles, dead rats, live voles and mice - great fun to catch and release, baby rabbits - more fun, injured weasel - very cross.  I came home once to find a rescued cat with no claws (American reject) and serious personality problems had herded 7 female pheasant into a circle and had them all bouncing on the spot forgetting they could fly.  Today Minstrel brought in a dead lizard, a dead vole and spent hours chasing butterflies and missing.   Cosmos waits for them to come to him, lazy boy.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 21:47

No sowing after all but I did get the sewing done.  Note to self - no more voile!  It moves.

Had to water all my treasures too as the northerly wind was so strong and very drying.   Tomorrow we're on a mission to buy water butts.

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