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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 09:12

I thought Bushman popped in a couple of days ago.

OH won't let me take decs down till 12th night!  Soppy git.

Here is the head banging beam.  The previous owners were shorter than us but, even so, it's a daft pace to put the basin.  I'm 168 cms tall while OH and Possum are 179.  Not exactly giants.


No sign of the plumber yet...............   Been booked since late October so I hope he's just dealing with an emergency and hasn't lost the plot.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 08:54

Lovely roses and lavender Pat.   Never been keen on glads or pokers but yours look good in the sunshine.

Very much looking forward now to introducing some glorious colour to this garden which will be so much sunnier than my last.

Please help

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 08:20

In my experience, acers (Japanese maples) don't like to be lashed by strong wnds and suffer if their fine branches get frozen.  Lots of dieback.

If you can plant one in a sheltered spot protected from wind and deep frosts it will be happy in a pot and give you a lovely display of fresh spring foliage and autumn colour and, if you pick the right one, winter stem colour.

I found in my last garden that evergreens such as viburnum and skimmia don't take well to being frozen hard and all died one bad winter so if you regularly get below -15C I wouldn't choose a broad leaved evergreen.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 07:59

Good morning.  Grey start so far but at least it's not foggy or absolutely freezing.

Plumber due this morning to move our bathroom basin.  It's sited opposite an angled, vertical roof beam and I keep banging my head when I dry my hair.   Will ask about a towel radiator for later.

Other than that, planning new kitchen - can't live with this one much longer - and planting my bargain iris reticulata that I found lurking in a hypermarket on Friday.   Been too cold and foggy to do it.

Fidget - that garden sounds great.

LG - good luck today and also for the return to work.

Fairy - no painting at the mo.  Waiting for better light levels to make sure I get a decent finish and edges.  I have sewing projects in mind and garden planning.

Clari - when the house is done you'll have a spare bedroom won't you?  And there's always the man shed for OH.

I'm off to look at Pat's photos with my second coffee..


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 22:27

Great.  Thanks.

Please help

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 22:24

It's a nice idea but does it have to be a pot?   Most plants prefer to be in the ground, especially if they are to grow to any size as they can then spread their roots to get all the water and nutrients they need.  Plants in containers are entirely dependent on you for food and water.   Also, plants in containers are more likely to have their roots damaged by freezing temps unless you can take them under cover for winter.

First of all I advise you to start watching Beechgrove Garden when it starts broadcasting again in March or April on BBC 2 Scotland, repeated Sunday mornings on national BBC2.  It is based at a garden near Aberdeen so has plants that should survive in your garden.   You will learn all sorts about what, when, how and where with plants, planting, pruning etc.

The programme publishes fact sheets online for each programme and the website has info on the various gardens and their plants within the plot so you can check what will survive your winters and see if you'd like to give them a try - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/ornamental-gardens 

If you do choose a shrub or tree, you should know that the smaller specimens usually grow away faster and stronger than the larger ones which can take a while to get their roots established well.   Roots drive upper growth and health so getting the planting conditions right.   


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 21:02

I hope iris reticulata are forgiving too.  Found 4 packs of 15 blue ones on sale for just under 2€ the other day.  Been far too cold and foggy to go outside and plant them but should be fine tomorrow.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 19:05

Crikey Wonky - short notice but good news.  Just enough time to get the muck out of your nails ready for office work!

Clari - well done.   Keep up the momentum and, when he falters, concentrate on getting your space sorted and not cleaning up shared space to make it more bearable.

Well done FG too.  Hope you get a good walk in soon.   Our fog finally lifted this pm after 5 days or murk.  Might get a bit of sun tomorrow.

Not a lot done here today apart from dry shampooing and cleaning the big rug in the dining room so we can roll it up and put it and the dining table away for a while and have a mini dance floor to practise our steps.   Bit more cleaning and floor washing and sorting out before taking the kittens for their jabs.

They were very wriggly and not at all keen on being prodded and poked and weighed.   Both have put on just over a kilo in the 5 weeks we've had them, despite cat flu.   Back in 3 weeks for the top up jabs and rabies jabs and to sterilise Minstrel.  They can go outside 2 weeks after that.  Daren't let them out before it's all effective as the farm next door has unvaccinated cats.  

Vegetarian dinner tonight.   Need to think thin and healthy after all the indulgences of the last 10 days. 

Hope everyone gets a good sleep tonight, especially those going on hols or back to work.


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:46

It's Berghill's birthday today.  Hope it was a good one.

Help for busy garden

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 12:50

Good.  Concentrate on getting your circles outlined and cut and then edged before you start to think about plants.   You need to live with the new shapes a bit before making other decisions.  The chooks will love chipped bark.  Be prepared for them to toss it about and scatter some on your lawn.

The RHS website has a feature that allows you to look up suitable plants using aspect, sun, shade, exposure, soil type, hardiness and then plant type and colour.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-Form  You can also use it to search for info about a named plant to see if it's suitable for you and your garden.

The other way to get good plants is to visit a good garden centre or nursery once a month and buy what is in flower and that you like.  Then you will fill your garden gradually with something of interest at every time of the year.

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