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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 13:36

Our friends at the riding school opposite our Belgian home automatically gave oral arnica as well as gel for any bruises when people fell off.   It was also part of the required equipment when Possum went off on riding events.  We keep some in our medicine cupboard now.  Hope your wrist recovers soon Pat.

Good advice for that wee girl Dove.   Shame about your wee girl Hosta.  Well done Liri - practical mud pies!   

Still windy here but dry for now.  Shopping accomplished.  We snuck down that road anyway and the power cables are literally tied up with string - well, that red and white plastic tape they use to warn of danger.   Interesting.

I suggested to OH that we take down our decs this pm but he insists we wait for 12th night so I've told him to plan a cleaning blitz too and no distractions.   Poor chap is a bit stir crazy as he can't get out and garden or play golf.  Suggested he lurk in the barn and do some chipping but I need to check that wall and roof beam for myself first.   He's checking his dance notes first.........

Good luck to anyone forced to venture out.  Hope you find a quiet spot for walkies RG.

Repotting hostas

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 13:21

I moved excess hostas into beds and did very well using the Valentine's Day massacre principle - small amounts of wildlife friendly slug pellets scattered around susceptible plants once a week starting on Valentine's day cos it's easy to remember.  Keep this up - sparingly - and you'll get the slimesters as they hatch or emerge form hibernation and before they can feed and breed.

I also tended to keep my hostas clustered in two main areas, plus the pots, to make pelleting easier and more effective.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 23:01

Fat chance here.  It's blowing a hooly again and raining so very noisy.   I have only ventured out to feed the birds today but tomorrow we really do need a raid on the SM.  Might be interesting as there are power lines down on our route, just a few hundred metres away, and the road has been blocked.

I have finished OH's thingummy.   It has stupid pockets - pesky to do and turn out to be shallow so impractical for his golf tees.  Needs mods if I do it again but he likes it and it fits.   Cosmos helped.

Hope your river doesn't cause you problems Busy and your dad enjoys his birthday trip, Chicky.


willow tree disease

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 19:25

This could be a fungal infection or scab or canker.  I suggest you have a look around the RHS site or just google RHS+willow+disease and see what it says.

I expect there's not a lot you can do about it given the limited range of chemicals now available to gardeners so you may have to have it removed and then refresh the soil andp lant something completely different.

English garden and -25 temperatures!

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 19:21

I lost nearly all my evergreens - conifers, viburnums, mahonia, eleagnus, choisya, and skimmias - in a snowless -32C night followed by a week of -25C.  I'd keep the insulating snow on them.  Live plants can be re-pruned.  dead ones just have to be dug up.


Posted: 03/01/2018 at 13:43

Go round the local garden centres and look online and then buy the biggest and best you can afford and make sure it has temperature control as different seeds need different temps and you'll want to use it ofr bottom heat for cuttings later on in the year.

I have a long narrow one which would fit on a normal window sill but has 5 individual little trays with lids that fit in it.  Very faffy.  If you have a greenhouse work bench or even just a cold frame you could, as Ian suggests, make your own to size.

Remember too that whatever you buy or make, it is important to have plenty of light available to stop seedling becoming etiolated (leggy and weak).

Small house Frontage Design

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 10:38

I agree.  Don't mess with DPCs or air bricks either.  If you want height for privacy grow taller plants or maybe a short climber up a small trellis.

Last edited: 03 January 2018 10:39:14

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 10:37

Now that is funny Busy!   Not so much the oil tho.  Better go and check our levels, tho it's not been that cold here and we've hardly had the heating on.   Jumpers are enough.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 10:24

Pauline - I was following Bernina's own videos on your tube.  I'll try again later.

Me too RG - some quiet rain would be lovely.

Crab apple suggestions

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 10:22

I had John Donwie in my last garden, planted for the blackbirds but they just left the fruit where it fell.  Made good crab apple jelly.   If you're pushed for space I'd go for red sentinel as it can be found in columnar form.  John Downie is lovely but spreads its branches quite wide when happy.  I have come across malus "Laura" - fastigiate/columnar form, crimson flowers, red fruits and bronze foliage so might be an interesting foil to other plants.

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