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The next generation

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:27

It can backfire.  I included Possum in my gardening from when she could totter and before then sat in her pushchair or on the grass - sowing, planting, watering (best bit for her) and harvesting.  She'd happily wander out by herself and eat every strawberry and blueberry and raspberry in sight.

Then she discovered insects and spiders and dirt and now has absolutely no interest except as a place to go and sunbathe, well away from the new found problem of local western whip snakes and their compost heaps.

I did ask her to dead head all the hostas for me and the pelargoniums a couple of years ago.  She managed to toss my secateurs on the compost heap and we didn't find them for another 6 months.  You should have heard what the Felco people at Chelsea had to say about them.  Worst case they'd ever seen.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 11:55

Grey here but dry and not too dull.  I have spent my morning being scragged - playful cuddly kitten before dawn followed by Ratsa arriving with coffee to snuggle me and play with kitten and it all got very lively but I managed to persist and finish my book.  Heroic.   Up now and about to sand down a coffee table top so I can use a softening wax with white in it.  I don't do bright orange oak but I do like solid oak furniture.

Hosta - hope you got back to sleep and that the long shifts lead up to a good, relaxing holiday with hubby.

Clari - protective mats?

Chicky - all time seems to go fast these days.

LP and Joyce - hope it wasn't too wild and that all plants and pots are OK.

Off to check mine now.   

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 22:19

They were both embarrassingly bad and neither her dress nor his suit helped.

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Posted: 01/10/2017 at 22:16

Well Dacha, we know we're perfect but cubic?

I knew a chap who, in his 20s, said if he wasn't married by 30 he'd jump off Westminster bridge.  He wasn't, and didn't.   Not mature enough till his mid 30s.

Liri - bedtime here too now.   Hope you enjoyed the singing and your son and DIL.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 20:53

Not allowed?  Good reason?

Help with what to plant :)

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 19:10

First of all, well done.  The roses look good but now you need to start training them horizontally or diagonally to increase their blooming potential.

The border below is very narrow so I think you need to stick to clump forming hardy perennials that will cope with the shade and also the dryness the wall will create and maybe one or two spiky things.  

Evergreen, glossy leaves with flowers in late winter or early spring -  https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/27849/Bergenia-Bach/Details

This will give good leaf contrast and flower in summer - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/94611/Geranium-Kashmir-Pink/Details 

For spikier foliage contrast and later flowers try one of the crocosmias.  This one would pick up the colours of Teasing Georgia - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/56402/Crocosmia-x-crocosmiiflora-(Lemoine)-N-E-Br-George-Davison-Davison/Details 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 18:51

Dacha - many of us have reached a certain age at which point we stay 27 forever.

I shall be home alone - with dogs and cats - from Tuesday as OH is off to see old friends from his Belgian club for 3 days of golf near Bordeaux.    Tonight we're having Barnsley chops with garlicky roast sweet potatoes, or maybe mash, and Savoy cabbage from the garden.  The sweet potatoes are French grown so I must find out how t grow my own.

Joyce - it has flown by.   Frightening sometimes.   No idea where the time goes.

Acer....why has it been long and lanky with out many leaves on it all year

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 18:43

Hope it works well for you.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:05

We have rain!  Ding dong!  Up early to go to a garden 90 minutes away for 10 am start and both dogs got soaked when OH took them out in the dark.  Can't remember the last time they needed a rub down after walkies but it was almost daily in Belgium and often preceded by a hose down.

Huge garden today and yet more plant collecting rather than plant care I feel.  The owner is now widowed and her father had the house and land and retreated there for the war to escape the horrors of occupied Paris.  He started planting trees in a sort of park near the house.  Her OH retired at 55 and they spent 25 years together planting 600+ trees and converting a walled garden to a series of 6 different areas - 4 all with the same layout but different plants and colour schemes.   She's been on her own for 3 years but has help with hedges and big jobs and spends  4 hours a day on her mower in spring.

Decided not to do the arboretum visit in the pm so came home and had our picnic lunch here with a glass of fizz to celebrate our arrival here a year ago.   Dry when we got home but soft, light rain falling again now.  Fingers crossed it lasts a few hours please.

The only thing I've done with fallen leaves is decorate tables for an autumn dinner dance and fill bags in the hope of making leaf mold.   The donkey stall in the ruin is full of bags from last year.

Acer....why has it been long and lanky with out many leaves on it all year

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 16:50

Starvation?   Thirst?  Maybe exposure too.   The compost sold for use in pots only has fertiliser for 90 days, 100 at best, and yours is also host to weeds and/or moss which will be leaching out any remaining nutrients and taking water too.

I would start now by scraping off all that layer of weed, loosen up the compost and add a handful of bonemeal before top dressing with some fresh compost and giving it a good drink.  Even dormant plants have root activity going on over winter.    Keep it safely sheltered from strong or cold winds.  It looks a bit exposed there.

In early spring, water the pot well and let it soak while you prune off any pbvious dead wood which will look dry and grey.   Then tip out the whole tree and its root ball and tease out the roots which will most likely bound in a tight ball going round and round the pot.   Re-plant in a bigger pot if you can and use best quality John Innes no 3 compost.   This will provide good drainage and nutrients but you will still need to water regularly every week till leaf fall plus give it occasional liquid feeds - seaweed is good - until mid July.    Once planted, water well and then top dress the pot with some gravel or stone or slate chippings to help it retain moisture and prevent weeds.

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