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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 08:17

Nearly 9 hours of sleep last night - no snoring - so feeling good.   Bit late now but I hope you have a good trip Busy and Chicky - your programme for the day sounds wonderful.  Enjoy.

It is cool here and cloudy but with a bright sun pouring thru gaps.  Set to get very sunny and warm later.    Saw the Ireland programme and thoroughly enjoyed it.   Since the morning is set to be clouudy spells I might just go and do some naughty shopping - HRT, Troc and paint - so I can enjoy the sunshine later in the garden and walking the dogs.

More coffee first.   Enjoy your day folks.

Planting in dug up heavy clay

Posted: Yesterday at 08:04

It's looking a lot better. Well done.

I would definitely widen the borders if you can and would suggest a clematis, rather than ivy, for that back fence or maybe a repeat flowering rambling rose.   This one will provide colour and perfume and is good in shade and gets to about the right size for that fence - http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/the-lady-of-the-lake-rambling-rose 

Train it o some horizontal wires stretched and tensioned between vine eyes.  If the fence isn't yours you'll need permission form the neighbours or else you could erect tall posts on your side and stretch wires on those or trellis panels if you prefer.

There are also plenty of clematis that will grow in shade as well as perfumed honeysuckle - lonicera japonica Halliana - and you can train pyracantha as a wall shrub - spring blossom, autumn berries and evergreen foliage so excellent for wildlife and seasonal interest..

Lots to think about and lots of possibilities.

hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:36


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:35

I had another go at the celandine and stuff and managed to get one big clump of rescued daffs split and planted but was driven indoors cos the easterly wind was just too cold.   I have been driven to cleaning instead as I have no kitchen men or fence men or digging men this weekend to mess it up again.

Just had a chat with OH and Possum in Namur and am now about to have well-earned glass of wine and some chicken something for dinner.    Might have to watch a recording of something before an early night.

Last chappy didn't leave till nearly 6 so dogs have been limited to walkies and lots of play in the garden today but nobody due tomorrow so we can have proper walkies.

Hope you find a good hill FG.   Enjoy yourself with daughter and family Busy.  Your grass chap sounds a real treasure Joyce.   Not sure your roscoea would suit my garden FB but they look interesting.  Hosta - forbearance will be needed at tills on a Saturday.  

Cheers everyone.  Bon appetit.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:20

You need the narrow leaved forms FG cos they're hardier.   I took cuttings of roses and bunged them in clay pots before we left and a surprising number have survived and produced leaves.  Unfortunately the indelible pen I used to mark the variety on each pot has washed off.

I set out to rescue a wheelbarrow load of daffs from a pile dug up by mini-digger while I could still access them and started planting them out, only to find their intended home is suddenly full of celandine, lords and ladies and sticky bud so only got one big clump in before giving in because the wind was so cold.

hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 17:04

I've grown this one in partial shade and it gets very leggy and floppy.  Much better behaved in full sun I found.

I like Kashmir White in shade but also Ann Folkard because her brighter, golden tinged foliage lights up a dark corner and the flowers are a good colour, tho not pale.

Bird disease

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 16:27

GD - when he's not looking I also have been known to put my trowels and Wolf heads through the dishwasher for a good clean and ceramic pots too.    I do, of course, remove all visible muck first but then they can go away clean and dry and oiled - as needed - till I need them again.

I do think a good heating or else some vinegar clears off a lot of nasty bugs and germs that can be harmful to birds.

Best branch garden saw

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 16:22

Good to get feedback.   Enjoy.

Help me fix my lawn

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:51

That piece of kit will replicate the holes you would pierce with a garden fork.   

The rake can be replaced by a scarifier which will certainly make light work of taking off all the dead moss and thatch once you've done the aerating, brushed sharp sand into the resulting holes and then correctly applied a spring weed and feed.   You'll be surprised at how much comes up.

If you want to compost the thatch, remove it before doing the aerating and weed and feed.   You don't want stuff treated with chemicals going on the compost heap.

Beth Chatto Garden Festival

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:43

I hope you and Chicky both go and have a great time and take lots of pics to share.    Tales of HRT would be good too - horticultural retail therapy.

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