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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:08

Saw a bit of Chelsea but have it recorded to see it properly.   Really don't like the quarry garden with all those stumpy stones.  Need to see more of the rest.

Found a couple of alliums being clever with a dianthus in my garden.  Well, I thought so anyway.  Sheer happenstance as I had no idea of the colour of the dianthus when I planted it last autumn.

Last edited: 22 May 2017 22:10:10

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:08

In Harrow we had the standard 30s size garden and up to 7 cats at any one time as strays found us a soft touch.  Next door there were 3.  Next door but 1 two more and so on.  The other way was one dog who howled all day cos they left him home alone and then more cats.  

Nobody got aerated.  We all just wore rubber gloves when planting and hand weeding.   It honestly wasn't that messy.

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 19:04

We have an indoor litter tray for our two kittens.   They are starting to pee outside now but still do the other indoors.   We also clean up after our two dogs when out on walkies or around the garden.

Given that we have nearly 4 acres of land and the neighbours on one side are beef cattle farmers and the family the other way have a dog and 3 horses, I don't think our cats are going to poo anywhere indiscreet.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 18:43

Sunscreen, sun hat if you feel the need.  Gardening before noon and after 4pm.  Lots of fluids.

Enjoy while it lasts.  It might be your summer!

Last edited: 22 May 2017 18:43:38

Plant id

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 18:31

Probably not phlomis russelliana which has more sage green leaves and yellow flowers, although in shade I've seen it greener.  There are also purple flowered phlomis with greener leaves so maybe one of those.  You'll know when it flowers.

Leave the flower stalks and seed heads on thru autumn and over winter as they look great frosted and provide food for birds and shelter for teeny insects.

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Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:20

Yours has probably been grown under shelter in a greenhouse or polytunnel;   Mine aren't that big either.

When you do dead head, look for side shoots and cut back to just above them.  The second flowers won't be as big but there should be two per stem.

flag Irises

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:14

Maybe trunks and a snorkel?  Dive and cut the iris off at the roots if you can't pull it up?


Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:12

They are spindly and airy, judging by the ones I've bought here.  They should be safe from frosts now so plant them out and take cuttings later on to ensure you have some stock to keep sheltered over winter.

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:09

Fox poo definitely dark messy and stinks.  Cat poo is not messy unless they're ill.  I thought fox poos was the worst - our terrier likes to roll in it - till she discovered coypu poo.  Yuk!

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