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Plant id

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 12:24

I've grown them and they were definitely purple/mauve.


Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 12:20

Terrible news from Manchester.  Despicable attack on innocents. Barbaric.

There was a dry, Provence garden last year or the year before that people like MD raved over.  I loathed it.  The quarry garden is the same for me - too much hard stuff and not enough plants, let alone flowers.

Congrats to Liri and son and DIL.  Lovely news for all concerned.

Happy birthday Clari.

I need a post lunch snoozle after being shouted at by a pair of hoopoes from very early on.

Mahonia in container

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:43

You could start it in a pot but they get quite large and have strong roots they like to send deep so it won't be happy for more than a few years.

Greenhouse Shading

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:16

We have just erected a new polytunnel which comes with a green filament net that gets slung over and tied down for the summer to filter light.

On Beechgrove Garden, they show roller blind type kits held along the ridge of the greenhouse that just get let down over the roof when shading is needed.  Handy for early summer when hot days can be followed by cool spells.  No painting, no cleaning it all off, no messing.

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.

Last edited: 22 May 2017 18:31:19

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