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Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:38

I have recently planted some new ones in pots and there's nothing showing in one and short shoots from the other kind - neither is the big blousy Dame Edna kind.   

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:33

That's amazing Yvie.   Well done.  I hope you're feeling very pleased with yourself.

I echo Hosta's moans about yellow flag iris and bullrush.  The pond here is full of bullrush and our old one was terraformed by flag iris.   Nightmares the pair of them.

I love sagittaria sagittifolia, water hawthorn, pontaderia cordata and marginal irises - in case you want ideas..

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:23

Wonky -- it was a moules restaurant that also did steak and burgers for the non mollusc brigade.  12 different ways with moules.  Lovely.

Glad you've had a good day too.  Liri, your project looks amazing.  I hope you do manage to source some good plants.   LP enjoy your family snuggles.

Hosta, haven't started on LoD yet but we'll get there.   My OH is helpful in the garden too but definitely needs a comprehensive list of what needs doing or close supervision and I have to be subtle about the latter or he gets the hump.  Hope you get the bungy sorted.

Fairy - think of low stuff as a warm up, keeping you loose enough for the high stuff on days off.

Dove - shoulder OK for tennis now?

Please tell me the name of this tree

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:45

Ask your hubby to get a close-up of the flowers and any foliage opening out and also a bit of stem.  That'll help identify it.

Sticky buds

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:43

I grew up calling it sticky bud because the seeds stick to one's clothing - inspiration for Velcro don't you know!   Most people on here seem to call it goose grass.

It's dreadful stuff because it just won't go away and, whenever I weed it, I get a nasty rash on any bare skin. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:41

Exactly!  I already have some irises in there and loads of alliums.

Bulb virus

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:35

Easy mistake.   I have a new garden this year having moved from a colder, wetter but very fertile garden to a much sunnier, warmer, drier one here which is practically a blank canvas so fertility unknown as yet.  I have noticed that the daffs that have popped up in the ground go over a lot faster than I'm used to.   On the other hand, the autumn daffs we discovered in October when we arrived, still have green leaves just starting to go brown.   Odd.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:29

Evening all.  Been out all day to Noirmoutier which is an island off the Vendée coast.   We've explored villages and a market and had a lovely lunch of moules frites (steak for Possum) and then explored some more and strolled on a couple of beaches.   Came home via the causeway as it was low tide.  Loads of people hand foraging for oysters and clams and some professionals out with tractors tending their oyster and mussel beds.

Rapturous welcome home from two dogs and Minstrel.   Cosmos eventually strolled downstairs and flopped in a sunny spot on the step.  

Lots of sunshine and fresh sea breezes all day so feeling very sleepy now.  1C this morning when OH got up to walk the dogs.   No sign of frost tho.  Same again tonight apparently.

Yesterday afternoon I went to weed a small bed to plant some irises but found it riddled with couch grass.   We missed this buried in the solid clay under the weed fabric when we cleaned up the bed and dumped a very thick layer of MPC all over it last autumn.  Fortunately this made it easy to remove but I now need to leave it clear to see what I've missed.  That means I need to go and buy more compost tomorrow so I can pot on the irises which really need some root space now.

I hope you're all enjoying these longer evenings, despite the cold.


Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:01

I like Adam Frost too and have been enjoying his projects and explanations from his new garden.   He's got excellent design credentials, as Dove says, plus he knows his plants and can DIY with proper wood and tools and not endless string and hazel sticks which are not easily accessible for most, especially urban, gardeners.

I like his veg plot layout which makes excellent sense for perennial and rotational crops.

As for Monty - he's calming (except when he gets it wrong) and eloquent but I still can't get past the problem with the "nation's favourite gardener" presenting GW when he hasn't even got a proper lawn.  How many times do we get asked about lawn care on here and yet he can't ever cover it on GW.   OH thought the guest slot on lawns last week was really good and liked the chap too which helps.

Bulb virus

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 18:51

Don't feel silly.  We all make daft mistakes on our learning curve and there's plenty of scope in gardening as there's so much to know.   Well done for asking, do your best to fix it and come back with more questions as needed.

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