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Winter Walk at East Ruston Old Vicarage

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:36

Thanks all.  It's the winter walk that interests me at the mo but plenty to admire and inspire for later in the season too.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:32

Love the monkey's birthday!  New one on me.

More rain here but sunny now so OH will do walkies while I carry on painting.   The paint turns out to be "chalky" and is hard work compared to normal acrylics but the effect should be good.  Cutting in is always so slow anyway.

Both kittens got caught out in a shower and had to have a rub down once rescued form their shelter.  Turns out they like that but all 4 critters and OH are a bit stir crazy stuck indoors so I hope the dry spell holds for a while.

Did you enjoy the book to the end Busy?  I read it several years ago and remember mixed feelings but not why.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 11:24

We have had another 17mm of rain and now have strong breezes with occasional gusts and sunny spells.  I'm indoors prepping walls for painting but hope to get out once a first coat is on.  If not, I can always assemble cold frames and start of some stuff in the garage.

No nuthatches, tree creepers or goldfinches here but maybe we'll see more variety once we have a more varied offering of plants and shelter.    Just sparrows, blue and great tits, chaffinches, robins and an occasional blackbird here with visiting groups of starlings from time to time.

Best crack on.  Have a good day whatever you're up to.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 11:18

I find the deep red of Falstaff was almost matched by Tess of the D'Urbevilles and Will S.    I also had a Munstead Wood in the borders but she struggled with all the competition and ended up in a pot which I have brought with me.  I hope by now she's grown some strong roots and will enjoy her new home.

These days, when I buy new roses, I tend to go for simpler flowers which allow access to nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators.    As with any shrub or clem they can take a season or two to get their feet down and then they grow well if they've been given the right conditions.  I tend to feed the soil, not the plant so there's plenty of beneficial microbes to help.

Well positioned bird feeders attract sparrows and tits to hoover up any excess aphids to feed their young and lady birds do the rest.

Last edited: 05 March 2017 11:19:09

Winter Walk at East Ruston Old Vicarage

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:54

Any pics?  Plants and borders - not scones!

Last edited: 05 March 2017 10:54:51

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:46

I agree with Verdun about the horrors of roses in bare bMy rose bed in my Belgian garden was a combination of Gertude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle and William Shakespeare shrubs with the afore-mentioned perennials and bulbs underneath and nothing to compete with the wonderful rose flowers.  They all flowered before or n late summer and autumn but I did enjoy the colours and forms of their foliage hiding the bare legs of the roses.

I also had a Kiftsgate growing up a trellis panel and then up and along the house wall and another pair of trellis panels on the western side with a Constance Spry.  She flowered once and was then followed by clematis Betty Corning.   I had clems Princess Diana and Sunset on obelisks at the climber end of the bed and a Japanese acer Sangu-Kaku.   It all worked brilliantly but I found Will S could be a bit nesh in harder winters and needed lots of TLC.  The others were tough as old boots and gave lots of flower and perfume.

My other roses were grown in mixed beds with all sorts of different flowers and even some ornamental grasses - astrantias, geums, potentilla, achilleas, persicarias,penstemons, hemerocallis, phlomis, helenium, aconitum, hardy geranium and many many more.   Roses definitely need ground covering plants between them and contrasts of form, texture and colour.  

Borders should be a tapestry and that's what I'll be aiming for when I plant up this new garden.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 22:11

I like to grow alliums with roses.   Their perfume is suppose dt confuse and deter aphids from settling on the roses.    I also grow hardy geraniums such as macrorhizum as its foliage stays below rose flowering height and the flowers come before the roses.   

For early spring, lots of daffs and hyacinths, followed by aquilegias and oriental poppies, penstemons and all sorts of other herbaceous perennials that will spread the season of interest.   Cyclamen for the end of the year and snowdrops for the beginning.

Greenhouses - how big is too big?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 20:11

I agree.  8 x 10 sounds reasonable to me - experience of an 8 x 6 and feeling cramped - so stake it out and see.   You will still have plenty of space left for seating, eating, watching the birds and bees visiting all the luscious plants you will still have room for in what's left.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 20:08

My OH would have your cake with ice cream.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 19:55

Sounds lovely Dove.    We haven't even got a rhubarb plant yet......

Medieval style salmon in pastry for dinner, adapting a Joyce Molyneux recipe.   Bit of a treat as food will be very simple over the next few weeks.    Plain old ice cream for pud tho.   

It's raining!    Good.

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