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Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:21

I can probably manage the skirt but all my trugs are those new fangled plastic things - practical but not romantic.   Wellies and old jeans, t-shirts or trousers for me too and flip flops in summer.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:19

Have a good time Busy - touristy or shoppy or just lunch?  Or all 3?

No worries SS.   I have been reading the Garden mag this morning - full of interesting stuff and info and, as part of the RHS subscription, is free along with entry to all RHS gardens and many partner gardens.   Pity I've found nothing like it here in France or Belgium when we were there but I can enjoy Loire valley chateau gardens when we get our tourist act together.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:14

Thanks BF.  Have fun in your new garden.  What are you using to make your raised beds?  Our plans will cost a fortune in timber so a rethink is needed.

Will we get photos of the new plot as it develops?

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:08

Hello.   Sunny spells today with some big grey things wandering about in the breeze.  Garden pottering today and one or two errands to run.

Joyce - I like brunneras for shade - lovely silvery leaves and blue forget-me-not flowers.  If the soil is not too dry, try hakonechloa macra which comes in several forms but all have golden leaves, sometimes with a green stripe and a purple stem that leaches colour into the leaves at the end of teh season.  Waves around beautifully in the breeze.   If it's dry, try millium effusum aureum which will have a similar effect.   Hosta Gold Edger is smallish, spreads well if allowed, has golden foliage that copes well in sun and flowers in mid summer.   I love pulmonaria Siinghurst with white leaf spots and flowers but it needs shade.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:00

Good morning.   Big fat grey things here but also some blue bits.  Breezy but not too cold.

I have been out and checked my treasures for being water logged or windswept and all is well and picked some Munstead Wood roses for a posy - why are the flowers so floppy and droopy?  Me or the plant?   There's a broken stem of clematis Jan Fopma I shall try and propagate.  It's suppsoed to have chocolate scented flowers so I'm hoping its new home will let me enjoy that and it can't hurt to have lots of it.

FG - the bird is a green woodpecker and they eat ants so I suspect our weedy gravel was the driest place around yesterday for hunting them out.   I hope it comes back.   Haven't seen or heard any spotted woodies here yet.

If the breeze drops I shall be naughty with the glyphosate and kill off the forest of weeds so I can mark out the new dry beds.  Left everything growing to see if there were any treasures but there's just a few coronaria, one or two daffs and, under the fig, some rather lovely pink and white aquilegias.

If not, pottering and sowing.   Have a good one all, whether at the coalface, out to play or in your garden.

Food grade pest killer ideas

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 22:18

Feed the birds.   The adults will then visit your garden looking for juice aphids and caterpillars to feed to their young.   Hoverfly and ladybirds also eat lots of aphids so be patient and wait for them to arrive. Meanwhile, as suggested, avoid all chemicals but gently squish large numbers with your fingers or blast them off with your hosepipe.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 22:12

Apparently the poor Swiss vine growers were out with frost busting lanterns just before dawn this week to try and stave off frost damage to their buds.   Have to admire their tenacity.  There's certainly a lot of them round the top end of Lake Geneva.   Seen them on our way to hols in Italy.   Don't think they were prize winning vineyards like the English ones tho.   Must be heart breaking.

Joyce your garden is lovely.

Love white Japanese anemones.   Struggled with them in Belgium till the last 2 years when one survived winter, twice.   No bother with pink ones tho.   Trying both again here.   White foxgloves are dreamy.

Bulbs for next spring.

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:17

You need to heel them in in a spare piece of ground or, better still in troughs or in pots so the foliage can finish feeding the bulbs for next year.   Water them in and feed them and water as necessary until the leaves have all faded. 

Once that happens you can tip them out and store the bulbs, minus dead leaves, till next autumn.  Daffs like to be planted from late August and tulips are best planted in November.

If you try and store them in their current state you'll get nothing.

Best lonicera we ever had....

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:10

Looks lovely but is she better than Graham Thomas?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:55

Great photos Chicky.  Glad you enjoyed it.  I love the way they do rivers of grape hyacinths.  Only thing to do with them!

Try loading your photos onto an album with photobucket (free) and then posting a link.  It'll be quicker and you can keep the album as long as you like.

Look who came to visit our gravel mess this evening.

Discussions started by Obelixx

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