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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 13:11

Seriously - had 2 new feet and the boot is essential to good healing.

Any ideas?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 12:08

To post a photo, use the camera icon on teh top right of the message box.  If the photo doe snot load successfully, re-size it as there is an upper limit.  You can post several photos or else use something like photobucket to make an album and post a link to that if it's easier.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 12:02

Been cleaning all morning including making a  space in the garage for friends' car when they arrive - it's a soft top so will get sunburn - so the last of the painting bits are now in the annex for their last touches.  Al showered and clean myself now and a leek and goat's cheese quiche in the oven for lunch.  

No gardening for a few days apart form watering pots every day.   Scorchio here but not humid.  Love it.   Might even do a bit of sunbathing or just a siesta later on;

DD hope your meeting has gone well.   Sounds like it's all coming together well.

Joyce - how is OH?  Home soon?

Dove - keep that boot on at all times except for bed and shower!

Hi to everyone else and hugs where needed.

Which plants would you relegate to the compost heap... for good?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 11:51

Any and every euphorbia including poinsettias.

Plasticky looking begonias and impatiens.

Petunias cos they're sticky and felty when you dead head.

Forsythia - especially when grown next to flowering currant which can also go in the heap.

And, it goes without saying surely, any of the bl**dy weeds growing where I haven't left them in a wild corner for insects.........


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 22:10

You either need barriers round your plants, or plants that rabbits don't like or a dog or a hunter/gamekeeper.  Rabbits never come in groups of 1.

Plant supports

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 21:57

I buy mine in 5m lengths and cut them in two then bend the middle round a railway sleeper before bending it with a plank to get my legs.   I find this leaves me enough length to to get a decent footing in the soil but still support plants such as echinops and purple phlomis.   I do overlap them and am happy to use 3 or 4 to support a clump.   Better, in my experience, than one hoop.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 20:01

Wasn't there a dreadful fire in east London not so long ago where building regs were found not to have been followed and fire inspections not done and so on and so forth?   I can't believe it's normal for a block of flats to go up in a fireball in just one hour so something somewhere was badly wrong be it design, materials or regs not being followed.  

You have to be able to get people out safely even if they lose their belongings.  Nor should you have to throw children out of windows.  It's appalling.

Last edited: 14 June 2017 20:06:45

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 11:16

Had to turn off the news and go and potter.  Can't bear the thought of fire destroying homes and lives even when accidental and nothing to do with builders/architects/planners getting it so badly wrong thru incompetence or greed or stupidity.  

It's warm here after a thundery night with some rain.  Feels pleasant so OK for pottering about between cleaning and tidying and painting and pottering.  OH has disappeared off to golf leaving me to field the chipped bark delivery when it arrives.

Good to see FG and LGL popping in.  Greetings to all.

What happens if I don't uze support for a climbing rose?

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 10:58

Good advice from RG.   Climbers have quite rigid stems compared to ramblers.  If you don't support them somehow they're likely to wave around in the wind and snap at the graft union and you'll lose your lovely roses and just have basic rootstock dog roses.

Don't plant near a tree or too close to a wall as the tree will suck all the nutrients and water and a wall will suck water.  Roses need fertile soil and a good water supply to do well.  When you plant them, prepare the hole a bit deeper than they were in their pot and twice as wide so the roots can spread in search of nutrients and anchorage.  Bury the knobbly graft union a couple of inches below the finished soil level, firm in gently with your foot and then rake smooth and water well.  Mulch, if you can, with some good quality compost, well-rotted manure and keep them watered during dry spells until autumn.

Dead head each flower when it fades and that will keep them flowering till the frosts.  

Plant supports

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 10:50

Yes.  A builders' merchant will stock them.  They are called re-bar and come in several thicknesses.  You want the 5 or 6mm size.

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