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Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 12:11

Lovely.  My net connection is often too slow to load lots of individual photos.  Great to see all the pics of Rosemoor as it's unlikely I'll get there in the foreseeable.

Haven't been to Bressingham for 30 years so really good to see it is evolving so well.

Wyken hall looks good too but I hope they don't get box blight.

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 12:05

Yes Joyce - some lovely trees and shrubs too but nearly all needing at least a tweak if not major surgery to remove broken limbs (lots of stormy winds there) or else their crowns lifting and thinning to help out the stuff underneath or just improve their form.

Dove - yes, it is hard feeling cos those palm leaves are very unforgiving and, whilst the sculptures were fun, they ended up being a bit samey.   That said, I'd happily make a space for the dragon on the roof and the giraffe and the elephant.

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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 11:59

Sort of AR.  Woken up at 6:30 - still dark! - by dogs clamouring for their dad cos OH got back at about 11pm and went to bed after the rapturuous welcome.  I went back to bed and dozed and read and cuddled Cosmos, Rasta, both and Minstrel in turn.  All very busy playing with each other on and around my bed.

Since then I've managed to grate my thumb while preparing an overgrown courgette to make fritters for lunch and we've heaved the dead freezer outside to finish draining before hoiking it into Sally to go to the dump.

Pottering with oak cleaning products this pm.  Just some fancy wood soap.  Nothing toxic, and then much oil and nourishment when they're dry.

Dentist for me tomorrow morning.   Hope you visit went well LP.   Love your plumber story Liri and the sound of your neighbours and old photos Busy.


Posted: 21/09/2017 at 11:48

Bird friendly and evergreen means pyracantha which can be trained on wires or trellis panels.  They provide shelter for birds and insects as well as pollen and nectar from the spring blossom and then berries in autumn in either red, orange or yellow depending on variety.  The red berries are eaten faster than the orange and then the yellows.

All sorts of clematis will grow on a north facing wall and be happy but not so much the evergreens.  However, if you can find one, this looks like a good contender - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3008

Try the specialist clematis nurseries such as Hawthorne, Taylor's, Thorncroft and Raymond Evison and make sure you're getting the right one.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 19:55

Pan fry here too.

Lovely hedges Hosta.   I do like yew so will think about how to get some in here.

DL - broke a toe last year.   Took months to stop being painful and still twinges if I walk too far or dance too much.     Good luck with yours.

Been out walking the dogs down the back lanes which are very green and leafy after recent rains.  Gorgeous and full of berries and hips.   Both dogs very giddy for some reason.   Magic mushrooms for canines?

Yew bare root planting, autumn of spring?

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 17:38

No, the roots grow thru winter which means they can get themselves well established before they have to meet the demands of a waking tree in spring when spa starts to rise and all that new growth happens.

simple Questions

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 17:32

Ashley's herb question has been answered on another thread.  He - or she - should read it and then organise the info in a way easily accessible to him or her.

As for hydrangea paniculata - not all have yellow flowers.  Most have white flowers, possibly with a green tinge, and then fade to pink as they age.  The important thing about the paniculata hydrangeas is that they are better for exposed gardens as they flower on new wood so it doesn't matter if they get frosted and stems die back.  If that happens to the mopheads and lace caps you get now flowers.

The important thing to know about bellis perennis is that, if happy, it will self sow with gay abandon and become a thug.

Time for Ashley to start reading all this stuff with greater concentration and to start memorising.

I'm with Philippa.  No more for me.


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Prehistoric Weed

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 17:26

Dove - I had alkaline loam soil and a bit of neutral clay at the fornt and that's where I had all the mares' tail stuff.   My gardening guru friend swore by cardboard for soil conditioning and weed weakening tho I never tried it on this weed as it was in the ornamental beds which were full of plants.   

However, one of the two beds worst affected did have weed membrane on it through which I planted a range of ornamental grasses, hostas, herbaceous clems and a mix or perennials.  They loved it so much I had to remove the membrane to dig them up and divide and re-plant.   Only after I'd done all that and planted roses and clems and hardy geraniums did the mares' tail start appearing.  I think it was in the clay soil which was imported from the next village.

Dividing geraniums

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 13:38

I cut it back.  Less stress on the plants as they try and re-establish their roots.

Prehistoric Weed

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 13:37

The roots of this thing go metres deep and are brittle so break easily and each bit can become a plant.

Digging over once, and thoroughly, will certainly help you remove major weed roots but, if you plan to be chemical free, the best course of action is simply to keep pulling it up or hoeing it off as you see it.   Do not compost it as it will propagate in the heap but you can make a fertiliser from it by soaking in a covered bucket of water for a few weeks and then diluting the resulting pongy liquid to feed plants.

In future, you should be able to do it without digging as it's better for soil structure and the friendly micro-organisms.  In autumn, cover bare spoil with sheets of cardboard or even thick layers of newspaper and hold this down with layers of well rotted manure and compost.   Where you have permanent plants such as fruiting shrubs, mulch generously.   The worms will work all this into the soil over winter and you will end up with a good texture for working, weeding and planting and happy plants feeding on fertile soil and able to get their roots down for moisture.

Raspberries come in two group - early and late fruiting.  The former fruits on new stems produced the previous year and it sounds like you have those.  Remove all the old, fruited stems at the base and then tie in the new ones to supports.  Remove any excess or unruly plants.   The late fruiting varieties can be cut back hard to about 9" in spring and will then grow new stems which fruit later in summer and early autumn.

The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/raspberries 

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