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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 09:25

All that dashing will no doubt push up the BP too Dove!   Paintings on the crafts thread maybe?   Best to get the boob squeezing done and dusted.

DL - haven't used margarine for 30 years.   Butter or rapeseed oil or olive oil and, more recently, coconut oil and duck fat if we've had duck breast to render.

Hope you are well today Pdoc and able to study or whatever takes your fancy.

Joyce - I have ordered some turmeric supplements.   Should arrive in the next day or so.

Good morning everyone.   Hope you're having a good start to the day.  Anyone had news from Fairy?

We have more rain but only light.   46cm since mid December which is half a years' ration.   Excellent.  I expect you're wet too Busy.

Adventures in my garden 2018

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 22:14

Yes - Monty Don on Islamic gardens from Turkey to Morocco apparently.  There's a book to accompany the series.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 22:12

Tee Gee posts on the A4A forum but knows I share his almanac on here when appropriate.  Lovely chap.

Plants for new front garden flower bed/border + how to get rid of bubls in lawn

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 22:10

Reading back again it seems you have little experience or knowledge about plants and how they grow.

It is fine to plant woody plants like shrubs and trees in winter but not when the ground is partially or completely frozen and better still in autumn when the top of the plant is dormant but the soil is still warm and roots can grow and settle the plant ready for the big spring push.

Herbaceous plants, for the most part, die back above ground so asking any young plant that has been raised in a sheltered, covered nursery to cope with having its feet stuck in almost frozen ground and its head exposed to frosts, wind, snow and sleet for another month or two is just foolhardy.   They need to be watered in and that will make them more susceptible to frozen feet or waterlogged feet if it can't drain adequately.   No amount of fleece will solve that problem for you, even if the chosen plants are ideal for that aspect and soil.

Bulbs - it depends on what they are and when they are to flower.  If they're spring bulbs then it's jolly late and you may well just get foliage this year and no flowers.  If they're summer flowering bulbs they won't thank you for bunging them in freezing, or near freezing soil.

As said earlier, patience is a great virtue for a gardener.   

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 21:49

You could do worse than check out this almanac - http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/index.htm 

It's produced by a chap, now in his early 80s who's been running a couple of plots on a site near Huddersfield for decades.  It includes advice on what to do and when - soil prep, sowing, pricking out etc.  Just tweak the timings according to where you are in the country.   

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 21:36

Camellias from their flowers in summer and thru autumn.  As long as you keep them well watered during this period and you feed them every spring and refresh some of their compost they will produce healthy flowers.

Pyracantha make excellent wild life hosts - blossom, berries and evergreen foliage for added shelter - and can be trained to cover walls and fences if you put the supporting wires in before planting.   Prepare the soil well, water the plants thoroughly and then tease out the roots before back filling and watering in.  They will grow quickly enough.   As indicated, care is needed when pruning it to shape later on.   Berries can be red, orange or yellow.   The flowers are white.   Flowers on that berberis are yellow - in case that's a consideration.

New Year's Day Flower Count 2018

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 21:21

Me too Busy - no snowdrops that I can see and no daffs either except the ones in pots and troughs form last year.  Two yellow roses with one bedraggled bloom each and one pink rose.   Mahonia winter sun has been flowering for weeks.  My camellia has more flowers  than last year.   Winter honeysuckle is finishing.    Several dwarf cyclamen flowering in pots and troughs and one or two in the ground.   Daisies in the grass!!    The winter pansies in a tub were blown away by Carmen and crashed. 

Probably buds coming on the mimosa but I didn't go that far.  Forgot to check the hamamelis.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 20:25

Me too Liri.   Lots of variations out there and it looks good but far too calorific for my January clean out.   Lots of baby Savoy cabbages perking up in the veggie plot at the mo and ready to pick from about the weekend  so I'll have to find some leaner recipes.   There are some flower sprouts and kale in another bed but they won't be ready for weeks yet assuming they decide to grow after surviving drought and then storms.

What are you painting next then Dove?

OH has just told me he'd like another gilet thingy for golf but with more sensible pockets.  Between him, Possum, patchwork homework and new curtains for 5 more rooms, I may be tied to my machine forever.

pet companions

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 17:25

As long as he's not likely to dig up and eat the tubers he'll be fine.  Mine have been and we've had Rasta since March 2008.   

The main worry for me is our cats as getting the pollen on their coat and then ingesting it when they wash themselves can be fatal.   I grow mine in pots and usually choose the taller varieties which means I can keep flowers and pollen away from my kitties.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 17:16

Forgot to mention that Cosmos helped me choose the buttons!   Helpful chap.

That cabbage pie with eggs sounds like it's missing some salmon!

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