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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:55

It does seem that we are very busy at the mo.  So much for a quiet retirement!  But once the basic work is done on the house and in teh garden we can potter along at our own pace.

Gertrude Jekyll is a lovely rose.  I took cuttings of mine before we moved, along with Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden and another whose label has disappeared and I can't rememeber if it was Generous Gardener or Crocus Rose.   Looks like at least one of each is growing so fingers crossed.   I have others that were already growing in pots and more on order so lots of lovely roses to come.   There isn't a single one in the garden.  I do hope your deer fencing works.

Wonky - heroic.   My windows need a good clean but they can wait till after the earth moving and kitchen projects.

Yvie - sounds like a good lesson learned.   Love the look of your Lady of Shalott.   Let us know how she gets on.

Starting off dahlias

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:39

That's good to know Busy.  I was intending to grow them all in raised beds as cutting flowers so it's good to know I can leave them out all winter and not faff. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:37

Thanks Floralies.  There are a couple within striking distance.  have to say they're the worst in terms of pots, compost and plants but I'll happily check out their bird feed range.  I found the shelled sunflower seeds in small packs in France Agricole.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:41

Giddy - do both but place them apart as the two don't mix.

Liri - yes, I have been looking online.   Fat balls with insects but no peanuts so far.   Will keep looking.


Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:39

We only arrived in October GD.    Most of the plot is grass and has been pasture for centuries.   There aren't many herbaceous  plants here and a lot of shrubs and trees suffered from the drought and died or struggled.   We have cleared dead stuff and weeds from 3 beds now and they have all had several inches of cheap multi-purpose compost poured on to improve the soil.

I have a lot of pruning of dead stems and overgrown neglected shrubs as well as a few more corpses to shift.   We are planning to install water butts on at least 4 down pipes from the house roof and lay a pipe to the planned potager for watering babies but we expect good soil management to allow for decent crops and plants.

As we make new ornamental beds to accommodate the plants we brought form Belgium and the babies I plan to sow, we will make sure the soil is well prepared and beefed up to help it retain moisture and nutrients.

I will not be planting bamboo and I am currently off ornamental grasses too.

How to Pronounce 'Gean' as in Wild Cherry?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:29

It's going to be your house.  Pronounce it in the way that suits you best.

Or change the name if you like.   Mazzard or massard is an old alternative to gean but you can call it what you like.

Last edited: 24 February 2017 20:30:46

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:27

OH ahs just left to pick up Possum at Angers.   Wanted to get there in time to have a coffee and relax before driving home.   I have a some lemon curd on the go now as she loves it.   Making a large quantity so I have some for her to take back to Namur and some to give to our lovely neighbours either side.   Might be stirring for a while.............

My mango chutney will need extra mangoes.   Turns out this Antilles chilli is volcanic!   I like a kick, not anesthesia of the taste buds.

Starting off dahlias

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 17:06

In my Belgian garden I would fish them out of winter storage in mid to late March, soak them in a bucket of water for a day and then plant in trays of compost in the garage till shoots appeared.   Once the shoots were visible i'd give them light by day and when they were 3 or 4 inches high I'd pot up into their final pots but keep them sheltered at night till the last frosts in mid May.

Here I'm expecting the garden to get warm a lot sooner so I started off my new tubers as soon as they arrived last week.   So far,  one Bishop of Auckland has a couple of decent shoots but all the others are lying doggo and are clearly not ready to burst into life just yet.

You need to think about how long you'll need to keep yours sheltered between shooting and planting out.  If space is restricted, leave it a few weeks yet.

Last edited: 24 February 2017 17:07:19

Pruning Roses

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 16:51

Have a read of this advice form the RHS.  It covers all the rose types, how to identify and how to prune - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=186

Late Bulb Planting

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 16:49

They need to be planted as soon as you can.  As it's late, they may not flower very well this year but at least in the ground they can get their foliage working on building up energy for next year's flower.

Left unplanted, they will die.

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