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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 11:32

No further progress on potager sleeper front so am concentrating on the perfumed garden project.  This requires chipped bark by the tonne.   Trawling thru websites as the prices range form 20€for 1 cubic metre delivered in bulk to 6€+ for a 50 litre bag.  Waiting for bulk suppliers to send estimates but we will go and buy the timber and weed proof membrane we need.

I may just go and buy every old bedframe I can find for the potager!

Cold and draughty here but the sun has finally appeared so maybe it'll get warmer.   Wanted to put my toms out to harden off but can't.

Hosta - get it all checked out to find the "leak".  You may be in for a sizable refund.

Dove - hope you get that loo fixed.

Busy - have a safe journey across and a great time at Malvern.  Lovely setting and great plants to buy plus local produce.  Do you have a car fridge?  Halfords do them.   Some very good restaurants and pub food around Malvern too.

Liri - your Russians sound entertaining.

Wisteria overload?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 21:23

Watched kettles and all that.  leave it a few days and then wee, or even longer.

Garden ideas?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:43

Yes LB, but if there's no back garden it may have to serve several purposes.

Another question - does the OP want privacy?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:59

Frustrating Dove.  Same here but for different reasons.

Several moons ago I planned out our potager on paper to calculate the number of roof beams or railway sleepers needed to make raised beds then costed it.  Ouch!  Suggested to OH we just make a bed at a time as we needed them and not all in one capital funding go.  Nah, we'll be OK.

No decisions since cos of winter and other projects.

This pm he got all excited about some websites he'd found with bulk delivery prices so I've redrawn the whole thing on their different dimensions - taken ages - and costed it.  "Ouch", he said.  "We'll build them as and when."    Fit to spit!

Could have been marking out the rose beds which will, by hook or by crook, have decent sleeper edging between them and the seating area.

Dying Hydrangea

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:51

Looks to as tho it may be frost damage.   If it has been dry lately, try giving them a good drink as thirst can also affect leaves.   A good handful of pelleted chicken manure or blood fish and bone per plant wouldn't hurt either.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:21

Lovely Hogweed.

Can anyone tell me what you have to do to stop sprays of viburnum flowers going all droopy?  Mine did on the second day.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:18

Help yourself Dove.  It's a recipe form someone on A4A from years ago.   Good with curry if you run out of mango chutney and great with sausages and cheese.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:06

Here you go Clari - very simple and very tasty.  Old recipe so pounds and ounces.  Let it mature a month or so before eating.

Rhubarb Chutney

2 lbs         rhubarb in 1" chunks
8 oz          onion, chopped
1.5 lbs      brown sugar
8 oz          raisins
1/2 oz       mustard seeds
1 tsp         pepper
1 tsp         mixed spice
1 tsp         ginger
1 tsp         salt
20 fl oz     cider vinegar

Combine the lot in a large pan and cook till thick, with no excess liquid.  Transfer to warm jars and cover.

Last edited: 08 May 2017 11:06:37

Rose cuttings

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 10:02

Not a daft question.  I took cuttings of some of my roses before we left our garden behind last October and put them in terracotta pots with a mix of compost and perlite.   Most have taken and have been potted on into individual pots to grow decent sized root system.  

Teasing Georgia was a short climber which I grew up a trellis so it will be interesting to see what that does on its own roots.  Queen of Sweden grew very tall and straight and narrow in my old garden so, again, I await with interest to see what it does.   Two pots failed completely but I've no idea which as the name rubbed off, as did one remaining pot of survivors so I have a surprise to come.

If you do buy any more roses, current advice is to bury the graft union a couple of inches below the soil to make it stronger and also reduce suckers from the root stock.  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 09:51

I had the most wonderful moist stem ginger cake at Betty's while I was there years ago.  been looking for a recipe since.

Clari - rhubarb makes great chutney - I ahve a good recipe if you like - and you can also make rhubarb gin or vodka or cordial and, now you have leccy, freeze it in portions for later in the year.  Lots of recipes here - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=rhubarb 

It's sunny here with the odd cloud around.  Need another coffee and then play time.  I decided to tidy up one of the wisterias yesterday pm and ended up giving it a short back and sides and then "tidied up" the nearby crab apple so we need to clear all that away and then move a lot of my treasures in pots out of the way so I can get up a ladder and tackle the other wisteria which has snuck behind the gutter.  Don't want it heading under the roof tiles.

Hope everyone has some decent weather for their projects today and that loo gets foxed Dove..   

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