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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:57

DD - sounds like you are keeping busy with plenty of variety.   Enjoy - and do have a lie-in tomorrow.

Yesterday evening's excitable winds came to nothing in the end with just a dribble of rain.   Needless to say a deluge is forecast for tomorrow when we would like to be donating boxes of books to the autumn book sale for charity.  It's held in a car park so gets cancelled if it rains.   What to do with all those books?

Having watered all my pots I shall now be good and sew two last cushion covers for Possum and then paint her chairs.   Packing boxes arriving late afternoon and dance club Open Doors evening tonight so busy times here too......   Self inflicted but daunting nonetheless.

I've been and checked our fig this morning.  Dozens of decent sized fruits that are not likely to ripen enough now despite a month of very warm sunshine to do the trick.  Grump.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:27

Papi Joe - It is this early in the year!  Let's have autumn first, and Halloween and Guy Fawkes and Armistice and, for those of us in Belgium and the Netherlands, St Nicholas!

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Plant ID and do I put in greenhouse?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 23:43

First photo looks like a form of impatiens which is frost tender but can be brought in and treated as a houseplant over the winter.

Agree about antirrhinum, cistus and coreopsis.   Cistus is hardy as long as it doesn't get its feet too wet in winter.  Coreopsis are short lived perennials that don't much like UK winters so are often grown as annuals.  Worth trying to over winter in a frost free greenhouse.

The iris look like iris sibirica.   To keep these flowering they need to be lifted and divided every 3 years and replanted in soil improved with garden compost and they appreciate a handful or two of pelleted chicken manure in spring.   You can also cut out the spent flowering stems when they go over as this stops the plants wasting energy on seeds.

They also need their foliage - as long as it's green - to keep them fed and healthy so cutting it back will weaken the plants.   It can safely be tidied up once it all turns brown and flops.    Maybe trim back the lawn a bit to create a new edge?

Shrubs suitable for exposed border

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 23:16

I think you could try berberis which comes in several forms, some evergreen and some deciduous, and provides flowers in spring and berries in autumn.  Cotoneaster John Waterer gets a bit bigger.   Escallonia is often recommended for exposed coastal sites, especially the rubra form.   Eleagnus pungens Frederici will give you attractively variegated evergreen leaves and scented flowers in autumn and lonicera Lemon Beauty is a shrubby form of honeysuckle that is worth trying.

As RG suggests, you can look them all up on the RHS website's plant finder to check for size and suitability but all the above are hardy in the UK.   It's the combination of cold, salt laden winds coming straight off the North Sea in the depths of winter that may prove hard.


Info on moving a clump of irises

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 22:54

It's a hooligan!  If it is pseudocarus be very severe with it.

Info on moving a clump of irises

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 19:09

Irises are best lifted and divided immediately after flowering.   They like to be in a sunny spot with well drained soil so their rhizome gets baked over the summer and makes flowers for the following year.

If you're desperate to move them now, water well and leave to soak an hour then lift them out.  Cut the rhizomes into thumb sized pieces making sure each has a bit of root and a bit of shoot.  Discard any that is rotten or has no shoots and roots.  Trim the foliage back by half to avoid wind rock when you replant, burying the roots but leaving the rhizome slightly proud of the soil   Water in well.   Don't be surprised if you get no flowers next year.

You could put them in pots to over winter in a sheltered corner so they don't freeze but I wouldn't have thought it would be a good permanent place to grow them. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:21

Kites already packed RB!

Haven't had brisket in donkeys' years.  Not a  cut I see here.

Twisted willow

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:00

Willows of any sort will seek water as far and as deep as they need so may well be a problem depending on distance from the wall concerned.  I gave a dozen away to people needing them for draining boggy lawn and pasture and have kept just one for me to take as a keepsake as the original twig came form a dear friend.   It will be planted well away from any structures.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:55

Well, the wind is getting a bit swirly but not too strong yet and there is still no rain nor thunder and lightning.  The ground is rock hard where I haven't been watering to allow me to work so really needs a good soaking and I need all the roses to get a good drink so I can take cuttings.

Dove - does your recipe work?  The one I tried was a complete failure.  Tasted OK but stayed liquid.

Yvie - be good!   Imagine those buttons instead as bits of flab coming off and think how good that will feel.

Sausages tonight - 100% pork and herbs baked in teh oven with red onion wedges, red pepper chunks, cherry toms and a dab of honey and balsamic and olive oil and thyme.   Pointy cabbage on the side.   Yum - and it means I can potter while it cooks.

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Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:41

No.  They're after your juicy worms all year and then have a burst of mate hunting and spring and another burst when the young leave home to set up their own territory.  No-one has ever been able to tell me that they are in any way useful. 

I get them running through the roots of treasures in the veggie plot and fruit beds as well as undermining the ornamental shrubs and perennials and making the lawn look like trench warfare with its system of collapsed tunnels making it uncomfortable to walk on and mow.  

Here I can buy and use a "détaupeur" which is effective but you can't in the UK.  I tried human traps but they just tossed them out of their runs or went round.

Call in a professional mole catcher.

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