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Thin conifers suitable for a north facing garden.

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:17

NOt at all weedy.  I wouldn't put a one trick pony conifer in a small space either, especially north facing where there is less light.   I'd want something to brighten up the space, not dull it down.

However, it's not our garden or our decision and we can only offer advice based on our knowledge and experience.  .

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:10

Good morning - just.  I was woekn early by rain followed by sound effects.  Not as shwoy as the night before but it rained steadily for the next 3 hours and gave us 16mm of rain.  Brilliant because I finished planting my treasures in teh island bed yesterday and just need to slot in some anemone de Caen corms I've soaked and sow some annual seeds in the gaps.

It's much cooler today - so far - at only 20C so a good day for sanding.  Not a BH here today but we've just had Ascension weekend where many take Friiday off to make a 4 day weekend.

Internet can be slow here too but I just give Photobucket a whole folder of photos to upload and leave it to it.  Re-sizing to post individual photos on here can be painfully slow and I've noticed nopattern to when speeds are better or worser.  Pity as I love seeing photos too and am saving the Chelsea thread photos for a good long sit with a coffee after I've done my jobs.

I had 3 different boots for my my feet.  The first was a toe to ankle Fort Knox jobby when they thought I had a cracked metatarsal.  The second was completely flat with just enough webbing to hold it on when the stone-age idiot at Namur told me my detached toes and metatarsals were inoperable.  The last was an ankle jobby with a shape that put all the weight on teh heel and let the foot rool for wearing after he'd shortened and re-attached the offending metatarsals to my toes and sorted out my bunions while he was on.  Brilliant and not too hot and sweaty.

I'm sure you look very glam Dove.   Well done.

Have a good holiday everyone - even if you have to work.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 23:27

Photos - If I have several to share I load them onto an album with Photobucket and just post a link.   No need to reduce size and the loading can run in the background while I do other stuff, like researching plants and their needs or doing something elsewhere like planting or sanding or painting.

Busy - .Sounds hectic but lovely for you to see so many of your favourite people.   Elise is a lovely name.

Bedtime for me.   Feeling weary and we're expecting more thundery storms o probably another wakeful night.

Sweet dreams all.

Propagating Fuchsias

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:28

I have just taken some from mine.  I trimmed the stems below a leaf node, removed all the other leaves except the top pair and put them in a glass of water.   They root easily in water.  When they have roots tehy'll be potted up individually and kept in a shady spot and then over wintered in a frost free place ready for pplanting up next spring in troughs, pots or baskets as I need them.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:25

The RHS has changed a great deal since I joined in 1989.    Being a member gets you free access to all of the RHS gardens, free access to many partner gardens and a monthly magazine as well as free advice from the experts on given groups pf plants and the scientists for id of plants and pests and diseases.   Members do include landed gentry but in a small minority.  There are also what some call the braying class.  Easy enough to avoid.  Most members are folk like me who just enjoy gardening and plants or else professional nurserymen and women and gardeners.

There is no excuse for rudeness in any walk of life or in in any event but i don't see why anyone should expect free entry to an event just because they(re old or a celebrity.   Members' privileges are for paid up members.   This could have been explained kindly.

I too get irritated by people who block entrances an exits to anywhere be it OH who has a gift for standing between me and the fridge or cooker when I'm making dinner to people who gather at the top  pr bottom of escalators regardless of people trying to get on or off or blocking entrances, paths, dance floors or anything else.  In a crowded world a little spatial awareness and courtesy is surely not too much to ask.   

I am riddled with guilt

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:14

50cms and some very good John Innes no 3 compost will be better than its original plastic pot but not for long.   best to plant it in teh ground where it can get its feet down as they are quite vigorous.   It will need something to climb on - trellis, metal grid, tensioned wires or a tree.

While it's in a pot, keep it fed and regularly watered so it can thrive.  There's only 80 days worth of food in most potting composts and 100 at best.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:10

No magic wands here, just plugging away at it a bit at a time.   That's why it's so good to come ger for affirmation and encouragement and commiserations as the case may be.

I have had to retreat form planting as they thought it was too hot so I pottered off and tidied up the garage so all my pots and trays are stashed but handy if needed.  All that's left to clear out now is the furniture that needs sanding again and then a feed of special oils and a final rub down before itgets moved indoors to a clean room for painting or lime washing or lime waxing.

Found a lovely long narrow table base in the ruin with a top cobbled together form an old door.  Used as a workbench.  If I can get the top off and clean up the legs and find a new top we've got ourselves a refectory table for the party/meetings barn.   We have swallows nesting in the ruin so I've shooed Minstrel out and closed up the doors.   They're flying in through empty window panes.   

No swifts or house martins tho.   I wonder where the hoopoes nest.

OH has taken the dogs out so I can do some more planting and then start dinner before having a well earned shower.  

Joyce - a bit worrying about OH going for a wander.  Hope it was a one off.


Just bought a house with a long tiered garden.

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 17:57

Beautiful.  Shame about that green roof.  What is it and can it go?  If it's a shed, have you room under a decked level to stash stuff out of sight?

Last edited: 28 May 2017 17:57:46

Thin conifers suitable for a north facing garden.

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 15:31

Have a look at this then - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=729 info on yew and their cultivation.

There is a columnar form - not golden - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/95998/Taxus-baccata-Fastigiata-(f)/Details

The great thing about yew is that they can be pruned and shaped whereas most conifers do not regenerate if you cut into brown wood so inevitably get fatter over the years.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 15:25

That was a good surprise to have - apart from the filming!.   I've had to reterat for a couple of hours.  We've gone form 74% humidity and 24C at 10am to 32C and 47% humidity.  Lovely to sit in as there's a breeze but too hot for planting.

OH is ironing sheets and duvet covers whilst watching golf - so much for his self declared day of rest.

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