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Planting at front of Victorian terrace

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 23:36

I'd go for sarcococca which is also evergreen and has fragrant flowers in winter/early spring or lonicera nitida which has a golden green form and a variegated form to lighten up the space a bit.

Box is increasingly prone to a blight which is sweeping the country and for which there is no cure available to amateur gardeners.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 15:38

Damper is a scone or soda bread thingy beloved of Ozzies in the outback as it can be cooked in the fire embers.   I just made cheesy scone mix and decided not to cut it into individual rounds.

Chips adventure sounds good.   Not enough passing trade here to give away spare veggies and it looks like we have a bumper crop of monster broccoli to get thru or give away.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 13:38

Doubt it DL - school from 66 to 71 then away to study in Salford before heading to London.   Glad you're enjoying some good grub tho.  

With OH's blessing, I have ordered an apricot and 2 dwarf nectarines to my order.  Now I must go and sew and sow and look as tho I'm saving some money...........

Last edited: 14 October 2017 13:38:46

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 12:49

She sounds lovely.   We like leeks too.

We've received prescriptions for flu jabs - automatic now we're 27.   Never bothered in Belgium but might here as they had a bad outbreak last year and I don't want to miss anything by being laid up in bed.

Forgot to mention.......I was a bit naughty yesterday and ordered 5 clematis online and a yuzu plant - but I had been good taking lots of cuttings and sowing collected seeds.  Honest.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 11:52

Greetings all.  Sounds like a busy day for most of us.    I'm just waiting for a large, cheesy damper to bake to have with beetroot soup and then sewing and sowing.

DL - I went to school in Lymm and lived in Grappenhall for a my teen years.  Lovely area for adults and kids!

Busy - hope you're stiff and achy bits aren't stopping you enjoying yourself.  I shall be passing thru there in a couple of weeks to meet up with Possum in Bilbao to explore and relax.   We'll definitely get to Gernika and maybe San Seb.   

DD - hope your campaign is a success this weekend.  Cakes look good.

Chicky - that is the one thing we don't have here - curry houses.  Getting good at making my own tho now I've found the spice shop.

WW - hope your hands behave for a few years as you are enjoying it so much. 

Oven's beeping.  Catch you later. 

Pruning Information

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 11:45

It's worth feeding anything that isn't performing and that you'd like to keep.   You should wait for rain so the soil is moist and also clear any weeds or grass from the base as these compete for nutrients and moisture.  Then you can add a generous layer of well-rotted garden compost and/or manure.  You could also pour on ericaceous compost to help them - if they are indeed magnolias.   Do not use mushroom compost as this is alkaline and will harm them.

That will help them over the winter.  Next spring, give them a generous handful each of pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and some more mulch.   This way you feed the soil and its organisms rather than giving a quick chemical fix and you'll end up with healthier plants.   To encourage flowering, water with liquid rose or tomato food in spring but make sure you use rain water if the tap water is hard.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 11:29

Indian summer here.  24C yesterday pm and sunshine all day with hardly any breeze.   Just enough cloud around to make a rosy sunset.   Looks like the same again today but a bit warmer.  

Love it but would also love some rain.  My gardening "to do" list is on hold because it's so dry.

Home grown potted oaks

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 21:29

Mildew happens when growing conditions are poorly ventilated and, usually, too moist.  If they get it in the wild they either grow strong enough to recover or die.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 15:02

Yes of course.  Better to give it room to grow than to starve it or risk freezing its roots in a teeny pot. 

More identification needed please

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 14:57

You could well be right about skimmia.

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