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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:28

Clari - your OH definitely needs some training!   What is he thinking?  Birthday with ratty in-laws?  I suggest you take him to yours for his next birthday and prime them to be on best bad behaviour.  Alternatively, organise something you really want to do for his birthday that he may not necessarily enjoy and then explain why afterwards.   Repeat till he learns.

My OH dragged me off to hs golf club yesterday for prize giving after a competition.  He didn't win anything.  Just wanted to be there and maybe meet a few people.  All very well but he was waylaid, upon entering, by a very interesting Scot who has a French wife who doesn't speak English and an Irish couple who think the local French are racist because they won't talk to them.   Not surprising as they don't speak French....   Doh!   

Scottish chap told Lester about a "private" competition group in the club that was worth getting into and the way to do that was to go for lunch as it's all organised by chappy who runs the restaurant.  I can cope with lunch but not the rest.

Starting early today.  Painting a wall and window sill, painting furniture, cleaning house and then, finally, some planting in time for the rain they're promising.   Only 1 or 2 mm but it's the thought that counts.

How is everyone today?  Well I hope - or recovering if ill or injured.

Plant identification

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:14

BUt, in th right place, it's great ground cover against weeds and the foliage is interesting though I prefer the leaf markings on Red Dragon and Virginiana forms. 

Bird sh*t on my sweetcorn

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 23:04

Mankind has cultivated veg for millennia and lived with birds, insects and all sorts of other critters excreting all over the place.   That's why we wash veg and fruit and salad before eating it.

Your sweetcorn foliage will be fine and the cobs will be protected by their covering which you peel off before cooking and eating.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:57

So pleased your daughter is OK Hosta.

Spent my early 20s living just off Baker Street and working in Soho (selling books and then computing) and very much enjoyed myself but it was cheaper and easier and freer then and nothing like as crowded and dirty or stressy to work and commute.    Moved out to Blackheath which was great and then Harrow because the office moved there and that was great too but now I like open spaces and clean air and hate the filth and overcrowding in the Tube and in the streets.   These days I only go for Chelsea and that's not every year.  

Public holiday tomorrow - Whitsun - so h****work and gardening.   I have baby cosmos and cavolo nero and flower spouts to nurture and still more stuff to plant.   We're supposed to have rain tomorrow pm.

Have a great trip Liri and well done for the fund raising.   Good cause.

Rhubarb problem

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 14:11

If you have ants, the soil is too dry for rhubarb and they may also be nesting in among its roots which means they're hanging in air instead of in contact with the soil and taking up moisture.   Give the whole plant and its roots a very thorough soaking - gallons, not litres.   Then loosely fork over the around the base of the plants to help fill up any holes they've left and water it again before mulching with plenty of organic matter to provide nutrients and keep in moisture.

Lawnmower recommendations?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:27

Our Flymo has a grass collector so if you're happy with the cut and weight of a Flymo, look at upgrading to one with a collector.

Before you decide, have a look at this report -


Wisteria leaves

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:45

Thirst?  Late frost?   Wisteria are vigorous growers so I would put it in the ground or, if you can't, in a much bigger pot and make sure it gets a generous annual feed in spring and regular watering from early spring to leaf fall.

That will ensure it has the water and nutrients needed to promote healthy foliage and plentiful flowers.

Cymbidium - what now?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:30

I just cut off spent flower stems and then feed my orchids with these pink sticks you can buy in good garden centres and even some supermarkets.  Once every 7 to 10 days I dunk their pots in cool water and leave them for a few minutes and then I let them drain.  If the leaves are dusty I rinse them with the shower head.  Then they go back to life on a north facing window sill where they get plenty of light but no direct sun - and no radiator below to dry them out.

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Siberian Iris

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:26

Leaves are the food factory of nearly all plants except the ones that eat insects to boost nutrition so leave them on.  They photosynthesise energy from the sun and pass it down to the roots.  Can't do that if you cut them off.

You can lift and divide your clumps in late summer or early autumn while the soil is still warm so they settle quickly.  You can, at this point, cut the leaves back to about 9" but make sure you water them well beforehand and again afterwards and until the regular autumn rains come.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:20

I put my house plants under the shower or dunk them in the big scullery sink which has a shower option on its tap.   They love it, even the orchids.

I've been looking back at old pics of the garden to try and work out what's going on under the ghastly weed fabric we found yesterday and it was an old climbing frame and swing which accounts for the strange metal pipes set at an angle in concrete and some still with the stumps of wood in them.  The thing on the right which she took with her, along with the tree house and wee Wendy house.  The sand pit has become my herb patch.

It's going to be such fun to clear!

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