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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 09:03

No, I've only ever fanned them so thanks.  I like that.

Slept well last night till woken by a snugglepuss.   Hosta have you tried the melatonin?   Other than that I suggest you get up and go and watch some TV or read a book or plan a new project in teh garden or a holiday instead of getting stressed about not sleeping.

It is grey and cool here so a good job I did a jeans wash.  Plant fair beckons.

LG - so pleased you had a satisfying day in the garden.  May there be many more.

Have a great day everyone whatever you're doing.

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 08:55

If you do buy some, the bulb is large with a hollow area at tha top.  Plant th ebulb on its side so this hollow does not collect water and rot.,  

Gardeners World

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 23:15

Crown fritillaria

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 21:44

Oh no.  No nudity here except in bed.  Just imagine gardening among the nettles and thistles and thorny stuff with no protective layers or an east wind up your nether regions.   Clothes every time.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 21:41

Ooh Fidget.  Haven't been to Criccieth since I was a lass - several (many?) decades ago.   However I do live not that far from beaches now so how much do I need to wash fresh seaweed before putting it on the garden or compost heap.

My favourite wine is also NZ Nobilo/Orca Bay but I can't get it here - so far - so OH brought me a dozen from Belgium.  

Enjoyed GW tonight.   OH liked the segment on lawn care and thought that NIck was a lovely chap.  i'm just hoping he's learned something.   Love Adam - such a nice man too - and guess what.  Found some bindweed in one of my pots form the Belgian garden today.  Humph!  Quarantine for that one.  Carol Klein is good on influential gardeners but so much better on plants and their propagation.

What is this please???

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:40

Try strimming off all the foliage at the base.   You can then water thoroughly to allow you to lift up the roots and put it n your green bin.

Alternatively, you could use a glyphosate weedkiller on the new growth that will come if you leave the roots.  It may take several applications.  Even if you dig up all the roots you can find you may miss bits and it will return but, with persistence, you should win eventually.   

This is the approach I am taking and it's working for me so far.  I like to have a bit of it but I don't want it all over the garden and it is popping up in some surprising places in this new garden.

What's wrong with my Camellia?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 17:42

If flowers are dropping off it's an indication the plant is stressed and taking measures to conserve energy.

Have you tried seeing if it is pot bound?  It looks like a big shrub so may be under-potted.

Have you checked the roots for vine weevil or some other nasty?

Have you tried giving it extra water with some tomato feed?   Rain is never enough for plants in pots except during the dormant season.  Camellias need plenty from mid July to late autumn or they will drop their flower buds.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 17:31

TB - I used to love walnut whips but, after years of proper Belgian chocolate made with cocoa butter the WW just tasted greasy.     Can't do Cadbury's choc any more either.

The sticky chocolate orange hot cross buns (nod to Possum who thinks she hates dried fruit ) are delish.   A keeper.    BBC Good Food recipe.  

I have planted the last of the hostas in the hosta bed along with some geranium macrorhizum, a white vinca minor and a white Japanese anemone and some hemerocallis.  The snowdrops have gone in too.  Just need to sort out some daffs now but too shattered and it's getting late here.   

We've had to put a fence round it to stop the dogs barging up and down and barking at the neighbour's dog.  They've broken off bits of hydrangea and flattened some of the smaller hostas.  Mongrels!

Clari - Fingers crossed for you.

Gaura plants - frost hardy?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 14:15

My pleasure.  I bought some myself a couple of weeks ago and plan to take cutting both to increase and preserve them.

never grew them in teh Belgian garden as I knew they wouldn't cope.  Friends treated them as annuals which seemed a waste to me but I never had space in my wee greenhouse which was full of salvias and hostas and a gunnera every winter.   Here I shall have a bigger polytunnel so plenty fo space - in theory.

First cuckoo?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 14:12

Yes.  A week or two ago.  The earliest ever in Belgium was the 25th of April so this was 3 weeks earlier.   It'll be interesting to see if they stick around longer then the Belgian ones which always lef in mid-July.

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