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Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:52

Interesting.  I love hakonechloa but it really struggled this year in a damp, shady bed with full sun only at the height of summer and I have never had a stipa survive a winter but then my old garden is much more exposed to deep cold than most of the UK.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:49

Yes Joyce.  It was gorgeous this August and will look all the better next year, I hope, when its setting has been improved.

Yvie - Mabel is clearly a treasure.

FG - how's the wrist?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:41

Thanks Hosta.   

Liri - good to see you popping in but do dodge that cloud.   How's the painting coming along?

Have just watched the Hairy Bikers doing duck - dreadful jokes - and have a yen to go and buy some Aylesbury ducks to save the breed.   Bit impractical with our two hounds tho but I hope someone keeps them going.   James Martin has featured that chap too.

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:36

Most ornamental grasses like full sun and well drained soil but the RHS recommends this grass for gardens such as yours.  

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau’ (syn. 'Golden Dew'): Compact and graceful, this grass has spikes of airy, reddish-brown flowers. Tolerant of shade and damp conditions, it is can be grown in gardens unsuited to many other ornamental grasses. Height: 75cm (30in)

Steer clear of stipas and pennisetums but maybe try Miscanthus Zebrinus which did well for me in a pond side situation with moisture at the roots.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:28

Sounds like a good plan Hosta.  Well done for rock moving progress so far.  This is the bed OH was clearing yesterday - similar mess to your before photos but without the slate to sieve..

Once he's finished clearing crud he'll fork it over to level it a bit and then we'll pour on loads of bought compost as we have none yet and then I can plant my bulbs and some of the treasures.   The tree is an albizzia julibrissin whose canopy I have already lifted to allow light, air and rain in below.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 10:03

Cool, grey and wet here.    Rain much needed for some projects such as clearing overgrown and mostly dead plants form beds round trees and shrubs so we can improve the soil and plant some bulbs and other treasures we brought from Belgium.

See you in spring Frank.  Have a good rest.

When to prune a fig tree

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 09:19

I have a large, over grown, unproductive fig in this new garden and it is sorely in need of sorting out. Dove kindly gave me that ling a week or tow ago and it's very helpful.   I'm waiting for all the leaves to drop so I can see what I have and will then prune it quite severely to improve its shape and incite it to produce fruits.   Just need a dry day with no frost forecast so wounds can heal with no damage.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 09:14

Good morning.   Grey, wet and blowy here but we need the rain so I won't complain.   Just checked the local forecast and it's rain all day but sunny spells tomorrow.   Looks like an indoors day.  Suits me as I still have to apint.

Pdoc - your NDN will be resentful rather than grateful that his son came to you for help and that he had to go to A&E and get SS involved.   You did the right thing for the boy but he won't see that.   Nature of the beast.

WW - have a good day with Dove.

RaisinG - that is one huge beach.  Where is it?  

Pat E -  Forget bread, stick with the diet.  As with many things worth doing it won't be instant but will be good in the long run.

You too Clari.  Bloating not good.

Stay snug everyone.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 20:25

I remember him in the mid to late 70s when I lived just off Baker Street and worked at Foyle's and then in Soho Square and Oxford street was my local shopping street.   Didn't buy dresses so no probs.

I fail to see how rioting is going to change a vote or its outcome.   Waste of time and energy and property.   There are more constructive ways to register a protest and change things so it's better next time.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 16:10

My dad joined the RE in 1939, aged 17 when war broke out.  Cos he volunteered rather than being called up, he didn't get demobbed till 47 after ending up in Palestine.   Never ever talked about his war.  His dad was gassed in the trenches in WW1 and he never talked about it either.

Even if I could afford it I wouldn't buy modern art cos I just don't get it.  I used to think that if I ever won the lottery I'd build a decent sized dance hall with classroom facilities, teachers and dance styles to suit all tastes and ages and be a ball free sports and community centre for all.  The local politicians think it isn't sport or beneficial if there isn't a big round ball involved so every village has a football club.......  Boys only.

I have found my stick blender machine but too late for painting today.   Had great fun sorting out the annex but now I need to dust and vac before the dogs get back from walkies.  Rasta has been rolling in her secret stash of fox poo again and is filthy and stinky.  OH has finished messing with the hedge and started clearing the big oval bed under the silk tree so we need to go and buy cheap multi purpose compost to improve its texture.  Bit compacted under all that weed membrane but it will be great for my bulbs..

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