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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 16:22

We've had  alovely day - only marred at the end by not grasping the need for screw on males and push on females to fix our newly leaky hose-reel connectors.  What he doesn't know about watering would fill an encyclopedia!

Anyway, we found somewhere to park - afirst at La Tranche! - and then strolled along the sea front to the marine brocante where there were all sorts of fishing rods, boat bits, marine clothing and, oddly enough given we were right on teh waters edge, burgers or andouillets with frites.  We passed.    Strolled back again the other way and found a lovely fishy restaurant with a covered terrace right on teh beach edge.   Good views of La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré and good food.  

Then we found the centre and did a bit of shopping.  We finally have a Beware the Labrador for the gate and a Beware the Labradoodle sign which was the nearest we could get to a Rasta who we think is a Wheaten terrier but is often mistaken for a Labradoodle.  No Beware Pussies!   A floaty cotton top and pants for me and some new sandals then home via the garden shop.   

Just having a slimline tonic for the cramps and then off to water after applying more fly repellent spray.  They don't go anywhere near OH for some reason.   We have clouds, at last, but they're keeping their H2O to themselves for now.

Good luck to anyone planning or attending gala days and village fêtes and outdoor concerts.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 10:26

Finland sounds lovely Liri.  Have you posted photos anywhere?

Just on second large mug of coffee here and then shower and out to play.  Gardening later, or furniture....

Sick camellia

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 10:24

These plants need plenty of water from mid July onwards in order to make and keep their flower buds.  They also need plenty of water after they've been moved.

Sounds to me as though yours is thirsty and possibly also anaemic form lack of iron and/or magnesium.  There may also be pests in its roots but don't dig it up again now.  Treat these with something like Provado which will leave the roots in peace as they try to recover and grow.

Try feeding it with some sequestered or chelated iron using rain water, not tap, unless you know you have soft water.  These feeds are available in garden centres and good DIYs.  Just follow the instructions for dilution.  You can also pour it over the foliage as a quick feed.

For magnesium, you need 15ml of Epsom salts (not Andrews!) dissolved in 5l of water as above.  Pour over the foliage and around the roots and be generous.

Rose plant/bush

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:54

Unfortunately, pictures aren't working this weekend so we'll have to wait till the techies fix it on Monday.

Pruning Philadelphus Belle Etoile

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:52

Those are the stems that will flower next year so leave as many as you can and just shorten them a bit if too long.   As a general rule, you prune back the stems that have flowered as soon as flwoering finishes then give it a feed to encourage the new stems that will flower next year.

You can also remove a third of the oldest stems right back to the ground to keep the plant in bounds and airy and this way you renew it every 3 years without having a poor flowering year.

GW 22nd June 2017

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:49

Met too.  Watched it late last night and he never mentioned surprise at being able to grow anything, just how clever the design was and the planting and the use of colour and landscape borrowing  and how it was a great way to manage a long thin garden which many terraced houses have, whether grand or small.

I thought he explained the design principles very well and was enthusiastic about it all.

Loved the West Dean bit.  I shall make OH watch that part so he can see what can be done in 5 years and then we can calm down and do one project well at a time.  He gets bored and heads off to do a bit here and a bit there and he's the one that has to do the heavy lifting before I can plant anything.

Did not understand Monty planting a tree fern given that in a normal winter his garden is cold and gets flooded.   Don't see the attraction myself as it seems to me the foliage is practically identical to native ferns that can cope without coddling.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 09:31

BIt of a Hosta night here but for external reasons.  Didn't get to bed till 2am cos I got distracted doing some stuff for my old dance club.  When I did get to bed I read a while then nodded off, only to be woken by some critter screeching outside our window.  Couldn't tell what - maybe an apprentice barn owl but very static so maybe another critter.

5am cuddles from Cosmos and then later on, after I'd dozed off again he had hysterics and attacked my feet and got a claw stuck!  Ouch.  Got up and fed them both then full on hysterics and a cuddly Rasta too.  I shall be zombie-like later on.

Off to La Tranche-sur-Mer today as they have a bit of a marine fest going on with a flea market and demos and so on.  We shall explore and see if we can get to teh sea this time and have a nce lunch somewhere before coming back to mess about with furniture and watering.   Cool and cloudy spells today so a bit more comfy than last weekend for strolling.

Busy - arthritic bits don't sound too good but you can help it with diet and exercise.   Works for me - so far.

DD - hope you get everything done to your satisfaction and that Charlie can help and feel included.

Dove - good job you ike tennis.  Good time of year to be sofa bound.

Greetings all.  Hope you have a good day.

Holiday distress

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 00:12

When I first started in my last garden - a blank canvas of former cow pasture - I would leave pots in a kiddies paddling pool with water in shade at the back of the house.   As my collection of pots grew and included permanent pots as well as cuttings, divisions, babies etc, I took to gathering them all at the shady back of the house along with hanging baskets and window boxes so they could be watered by a sprinkler on a timer.   I led a second hose pipe to a sprinkler in my greenhouse.

You can set this up with an outside tap, a simple, battery powered Hozelock timer and a Y connector to allow two feeds or just buy a ready made system that suits your needs.

I did, just once, ask a neighbour's 18yr old to water my pots but she didn't grasp that she had to count to 30 with the hose pipe gun for the big pots and 20 for the medium etc.  I came home to a lot of crispy plants and learned my lesson tho many did eventually recover with lots of TLC.   

Any ideas on this plant ?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:50

Photos seem not to be working at the mo.  have to wait for the tech team to fix it.

School sent home a plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:31

I see the photo glitch is back.  Hope the techies fix it before they disappear for the weekend..

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