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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:59

Hi Joyce.  I find it odd that there are no nests in the open ended barn.  Haven't seen any in the ruin either but then we can't explore upstairs as the floor is now unsafe.   Great wildlife haven I'd have thought.

Beech in a narrow strip?

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:57

There is a fruit farm near where I lived until last year that has a beech hedge along its boundary with the road.  It is one plant deep and they keep it trimmed to just 9 to 12 inches deep so yes, it's possible but you'll have to work in loads of nutrients and moisture retentive compost as the base of a wall will make it very dry.

Hornbeam is better suited to damper soils.

Pyracantha can probably also be kept pruned this narrow but the thorns may not be so good to deal with if it's a narrow thoroughfare.

Pruning Magnolia?

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:49

Excellent advice above.

We found a very poorly specimen when we moved here in October.  No foliage left and looking very old and gnarled   I gave it's roots a good soaking and lots more water in the following weeks as we were having a drought.  After some proper rain arrived in December I tipped a bag of ericaceous compost round its base and more water and then a generous dollop of pelleted chicken manure early in late January.

This spring it started slowly on just one branch but has now been flowering all over for 2 months and has healthy leaves.  Definitely worth persevering and some TLC but no pruning unless you have dead wood.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:41

Good morning all.  Scorchio here already. 27.5C at 9am.  I'm on my second coffee and then out and at the weeds in the silk tree bed.   Bit of a lie in cos I was out late hunting Minstrel and Rasta who were busy at 1am in the potager.   Found them by torchlight which meant I didn't see the nettles as I did the tour of the ruin in flip flops.  Good for my arthritis!

The RHS says cleome seeds need stratification for 2 weeks and then 18 to 24C to germinate.  I expect they've had that Dove.

No bats spotted here yet tho we do have swallows/house martins swooping about and what I would have thought were ideal roosting sites in teh ruin and barn so I must look harder.   

Happy gardening.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 22:43

Glad you're home safely.   When do you get to meet Jean?    Have your new plants survived the journey OK?

Group 3 Clematis flowering too early

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 21:27

Try feeding it.  You can get specialist slow release clematis food or you can use pelleted chicken manure or rose fertiliser.  Give a generous dollop every spring.

For an instant tonic, try liquid tomato food which will encourage flowers.  As LG says, you'll need to deadhead to keep it flowering but if you like the fluffy seed heads, leave some to mature form aboot mid August.

Windy parking bay

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:27

Oops.  18"!   Roses and clems don't mind rain but don't want to drown either.  They are both gross feeders so good soil and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost and/or manure will see them right after planting and then every spring and autumn.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:25

The eco ones should be used sparingly and they don't cause the slug or snail to burst.  They burrow deep and stop eating so no sign it's worked other than no more damage..

Richard has a clematis nursery so I expect he has given the correct diagnosis, especially if your garden was subject to the recent strong, cold northerly blast from the Arctic.

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:17

Pennisetum does not like cold winters or wet winters so be prepared to treat it as an annual that you replace each year - could get expensive.

Windy parking bay

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:13

If that is also your garden then think about some repeat flowering rambling roses to climb up and over it.  David Austin have a selection in white, yellow and pink.  I expect Malvern Hills and Lady of the Lake would do it nicely or a Rambling Rector or a Kiftsgate if you want something really big and don't mind single flowering followed by berries.   You could put one of the bigger clematis viticellas up thru it for later flower colour.

Just need to make very good planting holes at least 183/45cms away from the base of the wall so they are not in a rain shadow.

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