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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 13:15

Sissinghurst white is good too.   I have an unknown variety with very silvery leaves and deep blue flowers.   Any ideas?   Not that it really matters as I like it anyway.

Recommend Dutch Hoe

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 09:17

I don't get on with a Dutch hoe but I do like my double balded push-me-pull-you hoe head in the Wolf range.    We have two of the 6" wide and one of the 4" so both of us can play and they attach to a range of available handle lengths so can be used kneeling for close work or standing for clearing a larger area or veg bed.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 09:13

Saw some of the bulls - impressive.  Can be dodgy garden neighbours though.  We had one enormous Belgian Blue next door one year who did not approve of us gardening and would stand and huff and puff and blow and give us the evil eye, paw the ground, squirt poo at us and all sorts.   The others have all been OK and one even liked to have his head rubbed.

Didn't take to the Crème de la Crème.  Some interesting flavour combos in round one but all too fiddled with for me and what chef in his right mind and with taste buds uses Golden Delicious?  So many tasty British apples and they go for French pap.

Glad you're better Wonky.   Happy gardening everyone.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 19:50

I am, of course, perfectly sane.  It's everyone else around me that isn't normal and thinks I'm mad.

OH's are never divine SGL.   Certainly not a good idea to give them more than faint praise in their hearing either as it goes to their head!


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 17:52

I thought Katie was supposed to have moved on but we've been having hearty gusts again today.    Despite that I did get about 4 hurs oy there this pm.  Pruned (savagely hacked) a cornus Midwinter Fire; tied in Constance Spry to her new trellis panels, pruned (gently hacked) a wild rose and a toothache tree that were attacking OH by the shed, turfed roses in pots and a choisya out of the greenhouse and into a sheltered spot to get acclimatised, moved tubs and troughs of bulbs out from the shed to the front of house, top dressed and watered 40 or so other pots already there and do on and so forth.   

Now to go and move a bit of furniture back to the newly painted bedroom and have a long hot shower before dinner.

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:37

Rowans are often recommended for small gardens so keep at least one but both if possible.  Ash trees get huge and are likely to get ash die-back disease so I would get rid now before it becomes a major logistical problem.

I would also consider lifting slab at the feet of the trees to allow more light, air and water onto the soil.  You can improve the soil with some bought in compost and plant some spring daffs and maybe allium Purple Sensation for later on and ground cover such as geranium macrrohizum which has a long season of interest - flowers in late spring/early summer and good foliage which turns red in winter.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 10:25

Linda - constant weeding (Forth bridge syndrome here) can feel like outside housework but more rewarding when the proper stuff gets to thrive and shine.  I'm retired too but have many other interests.

last coat of paint on the bedroom walls this morning then gardening all afternoon.   Bit blowy still but nothing like yesterday.   Should be fun.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 10:22

Morning all.   Since we're thinking of selling up and downsizing while we have the energy to sort out a new house and garden I think I might sow annuals like cosmos as OH loves them and they'll fill gaps in the borders very nicely.

Have to wait another 2 weeks tho as going on hols next week and Possum is house and cat sitting but doesn't do plants.

Well done Clari.  Not a scouty person myself as I got thrown out of Brownies for not wanting to dance in circles pretending to be a fairy and Possum didn't take to the pluralist mixed scouts here.

Spring bulbs - what to do with ones I have found?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:09

They need to be planted in pots or in the ground or they'll wither and die.   I potted some up 4 weeks ago after finding them hiding in my garage.   Most are shooting and the hyacinths have flower buds.   Even if they don't flower this year they'll grow foliage and roots and feed the bulb for flowers next year.

What are your most diisease free roses?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:02

Nearly all my roses are David Austin.   I don't get much black spot except on Constance Spry and Zephirine Drouhin and the birds deal with aphids.   What worries mine more is winter which can be long and wet and very cold.

Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Generous Gardener, Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden and Crocus Rose all do very well.   Falstaff looks to be OK.   William Shakespeare is a wuss and Malvern Hills doesn't like cold east winds.  Who does?

Tess of the D'Urbevilles is happy since I moved her to a spot less prone to east winds.  Hot Chocolate and Jaqueline Dupré are only a couple of years old so not yet tested.  I've had to rescue Geoff Hamilton, Munstead Wood and Graham Thomas and keep them in pots in the greenhouse over winter to protect their roots and get them going again.   Might just keep them in pots.

I like repeaters and perfume so don't do old roses.

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