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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 11:53

Thanks Busy and Flowers.  She is very happy.

I've only been to Malvern show once Busy but enjoyed it and you definitely need a car boot for the treasures.  Too much going on this year but I've told OH we should go and visit family next year and I can take SIL to the show while he has the dogs for the day.  She lives about 10 mins away and has never been!

We've done the Portsmouth ferry too after a wedding on the IOW and then poodled around places like Honfleur for a few days before heading home to Belgium.   Gorgeous.  haven't been to Monet's garden but friends have and loved it.  Th trick is to stay very nearby and get in early before the coaches arrive.

Flowers, you sound like you've really been in the wars.  Hope the shoulder comes good.  I had cortisone injections in my lumbar spine to sort out 3 slipped discs about 15 years ago and they've been very effective.  I can function more or less normally as long as I listen to any twinges and stop and rest.

Kittens are finally asleep after a morning's romping so I'm off to sort out the annex in peace.

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 11:12

You off on an expedition then Busy?    White frost here too but not that cold.

Forgot to mention that Possum phoned last night in floods of tears - she's passed all her January exams and her course work for last term.   Funny girl.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 11:07

Ivy will not kill or harm a healthy hedge but it does provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife as it matures.   The little aerial roots it uses to cling are for support, not feeding.

If you want to control it, just cut it back now and then but otherwise leave well alone.  You do need to make sure the hedge is well watered in dry spells and gets an annual feed from slow release fertiliser so that every shrub in it can thrive as well as the ivy.

There's some info in this article by Helen Yemm - a well respected gardener - if you scroll down to the relevant paragraphs - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/3338304/Thorny-Problems-a-gift-from-the-birds.html 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 10:27

Freezing here early on and only 4C now with a distinct wind chill.    There's something about long lasting lurgies this winter.  Both kittens still sneeze so I'll be giving them a steam bath later on.  They are otherwise fine and full of energy and purrs.  Cosmos really enjoyed Loch lomond last night, trying to catch dippers and falling leaves under the beady eye of Bonzo who was, in turn,under th ebeady eye of Rasta who has become kitten guard dog.   Minstrel contented herself with digging in my asparagus fern whilst unsupervised.

I have all my bishops in tubs to soak before I set them in trays of compost - Auckland, Canterbury, Leicester, Oxford and York plus After Eight.  Now to make a space in teh annex where I can grow them on frost free while I wait for outside space and shelter.

OH is out playing golf in the sun.  Rather him than me with that wind, not that you'd catch me wasting time on a golf course in any weather.   No pruning anything here till this frosty spell is past but, wonder of wonders, there are buds on my rescued clematis that I found lurking in a weedy bed.   Looking forward to seeing what it is.

Stay safe and warm everyone except Pat and Glenys who need to stay cool.  

How to get rid of moles?

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 21:54

if you read back you'll see that the best solution is a professional mole-catcher.  Try Yellow Pages or Google.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 21:50

Just back from dance class.  Paso and rumba OK but decided not to risk the dodgy toe doing samba which means OH gets to dance with the teacher.......

Liri - I don't read UK papers for news anymore but I like the commentary pages and specialist columns and letters in the Times.   It's a holiday treat for me anyway but clearly someone round here buys the Telegraph and Mail as that's all they stock and they're gone by the end of the day.

LG - No photos cos no progress really apart from clearing one bed under a tree and another small one at the front and cutting half the long grass.  These photos are from July but the dwarf conifers have since died of drought and we've pulled those out - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1607%20Main-Roger?sort=9&page=1 

Catching up with Loch Lomond now.   Gorgeous scenery but summer up there is far too cool and short for me.

Stuck on a hedge!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:54

Not Russian vine.  It's a thug and ugly except for a couple of weeks of the year before the flowers go brown.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:53

For some reason I have yet to fathom the only British newspapers on sale round here are the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.   Not my type at all except for gardening in the Telegraph.

I have trays!  and lids!  Whoopee.   We've also been to a big DIY store to look at assorted beams and sleepers for making raised beds and I think I might just reconfigure the beds or it'll be too very frightening and OH will faint.

Pat - we don't have carpet anywhere, just rugs here and there.   Hope you manage a good sleep despite the heat.

Stuck on a hedge!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:56

If you grow climbers through a hedge they will suffer when you trim the hedge so I would drop that idea.  

Portuguese laurel is very vigorous and, IMHO, desperately dull to look at.  have you thought about pyrcantha?  It's evergreen and can be grown as a hedge and will offer shelter for wildlife as well as nectar in spring and berries in autumn.

Does it have to be a hedge?  A fence of trellis panels would screen you and allow you to grow any number of climbers very happily.   As they would need a bed of well prepared soil to grow in you could extend it deep enough to plant other ornamental shrubs in front.

If trellis panels seem too expensive, just erect 2m high fence posts at 2m intervals and stretch wires between them at 12"/30cm intervals to support climbers such as roses, honeysuckle, clematis, winter flowering jasmine..........  Make sure the posts are buried in decent concrete boots to support them when the winds blow and as the plant weight increases.

How To Take Early Dahlia Cuttings.

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 11:47

I have just bought a whole bunch of dahlia tubers too with plans to increase the stock from basal cuttings.  I'm a novice at this too so can't advise except to say that I would use John Innes no 2 or 3 to start off the tubers as they need to be moist but well-drained and multi-purpose has a tendency to clag.

The RHS offers this info on dahlias and propagation - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=592 

The GW site offers this advice - http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-take-basal-cuttings-from-dahlias/ with pics and Carol Klein offers this advice in her page in the Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3300004/Back-to-basals-its-easier-than-you-think.html 

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