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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:36

We're in deepest French speaking countryside Hosta and the books include lots of fiction but also a whole series on photography and some cook books and guide books and so on - useful to ex-pats nearer Brussels but not here.    We have found a chap who collects unwanted bits and bobs and sells them for charity but not English books.

I too find that Trump chappy offensive and abhorrent and just have to wonder about the state of US society that people feel drawn to him as a some sort of saviour even tho I can understand their distrust of the alternative.

No thunder here but the clouds are building up.   Radar shows it's on your way Dove but not here.  Quite colourful over East Anglia really - http://en.blitzortung.org/live_dynamic_maps.php?mobile=1 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:16

In the absence of a post from Biofreak and given that my usual online calendar has techy trouble, I am posting this link for the bio rhythmic lunar calendar - http://uk.rhythmofnature.net/gardener-calendar

It would seem that OH's picking of 5 kilos of damsons on Wednesday was a good move - 1 kilo now soaking in gin, another in vodka and the rest made a compote to eat as crumbles or with ice cream over the next week or so.  Already have lots of jam and chutney from last year!

I shall be taking my rose cuttings on the 19th and any other divisions I need too - assuming we've had some rain by then.  Dry and rock hard out there at the mo.   

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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:57

DD - sounds like you are keeping busy with plenty of variety.   Enjoy - and do have a lie-in tomorrow.

Yesterday evening's excitable winds came to nothing in the end with just a dribble of rain.   Needless to say a deluge is forecast for tomorrow when we would like to be donating boxes of books to the autumn book sale for charity.  It's held in a car park so gets cancelled if it rains.   What to do with all those books?

Having watered all my pots I shall now be good and sew two last cushion covers for Possum and then paint her chairs.   Packing boxes arriving late afternoon and dance club Open Doors evening tonight so busy times here too......   Self inflicted but daunting nonetheless.

I've been and checked our fig this morning.  Dozens of decent sized fruits that are not likely to ripen enough now despite a month of very warm sunshine to do the trick.  Grump.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:27

Papi Joe - It is this early in the year!  Let's have autumn first, and Halloween and Guy Fawkes and Armistice and, for those of us in Belgium and the Netherlands, St Nicholas!

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Plant ID and do I put in greenhouse?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 23:43

First photo looks like a form of impatiens which is frost tender but can be brought in and treated as a houseplant over the winter.

Agree about antirrhinum, cistus and coreopsis.   Cistus is hardy as long as it doesn't get its feet too wet in winter.  Coreopsis are short lived perennials that don't much like UK winters so are often grown as annuals.  Worth trying to over winter in a frost free greenhouse.

The iris look like iris sibirica.   To keep these flowering they need to be lifted and divided every 3 years and replanted in soil improved with garden compost and they appreciate a handful or two of pelleted chicken manure in spring.   You can also cut out the spent flowering stems when they go over as this stops the plants wasting energy on seeds.

They also need their foliage - as long as it's green - to keep them fed and healthy so cutting it back will weaken the plants.   It can safely be tidied up once it all turns brown and flops.    Maybe trim back the lawn a bit to create a new edge?

Shrubs suitable for exposed border

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 23:16

I think you could try berberis which comes in several forms, some evergreen and some deciduous, and provides flowers in spring and berries in autumn.  Cotoneaster John Waterer gets a bit bigger.   Escallonia is often recommended for exposed coastal sites, especially the rubra form.   Eleagnus pungens Frederici will give you attractively variegated evergreen leaves and scented flowers in autumn and lonicera Lemon Beauty is a shrubby form of honeysuckle that is worth trying.

As RG suggests, you can look them all up on the RHS website's plant finder to check for size and suitability but all the above are hardy in the UK.   It's the combination of cold, salt laden winds coming straight off the North Sea in the depths of winter that may prove hard.


Info on moving a clump of irises

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 22:54

It's a hooligan!  If it is pseudocarus be very severe with it.

Info on moving a clump of irises

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 19:09

Irises are best lifted and divided immediately after flowering.   They like to be in a sunny spot with well drained soil so their rhizome gets baked over the summer and makes flowers for the following year.

If you're desperate to move them now, water well and leave to soak an hour then lift them out.  Cut the rhizomes into thumb sized pieces making sure each has a bit of root and a bit of shoot.  Discard any that is rotten or has no shoots and roots.  Trim the foliage back by half to avoid wind rock when you replant, burying the roots but leaving the rhizome slightly proud of the soil   Water in well.   Don't be surprised if you get no flowers next year.

You could put them in pots to over winter in a sheltered corner so they don't freeze but I wouldn't have thought it would be a good permanent place to grow them. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:21

Kites already packed RB!

Haven't had brisket in donkeys' years.  Not a  cut I see here.

Twisted willow

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:00

Willows of any sort will seek water as far and as deep as they need so may well be a problem depending on distance from the wall concerned.  I gave a dozen away to people needing them for draining boggy lawn and pasture and have kept just one for me to take as a keepsake as the original twig came form a dear friend.   It will be planted well away from any structures.

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