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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 12:10

Would love to visit Anglesey Abbey Busy.  Pics please.

We have been to see the village mayor this morning - introduce ourselves and offer the old cooker and sink units form the "before" kitchen.  perfectly good but not for the new kitchen.   Nice chap and very pleased that we're happy to get involved in village life.

Lunch next and then walkies cos , at the mo, by the time OH has finished his garden projects and wants to take them out I need to be cooking dinner so a change of timetable has been suggested.

Re our plans for the garden - in my head it's all done but actually getting things off the ground takes a lot longer.  I shall do a thread when I have something to shout about.   Hoping that this pm we can get membrane down and edging so I can spread MPC on the new rose borders for OH to work in with his to while I do a windbreak.   With any luck I'll get some planting done by the weekend.

OH did suggest lunch out after seeing the mayor but I'd rather get on.

Sambuccus Sutherland gold

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 11:58

It is a form of elder so, if the leaves are losing their dissection and golden colour I would remove them and then feed it to help it recover and produce the foliage you want.

I treated myself to a small one of these at a recent plant fair and now find it has been "pruned" by strong winds leaving just one stem intact.  Fingers crossed it recovers with a bit of TLC.

Cuttings in water

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 10:18

Mint, fuchsia, honeysuckle - I did this last one in autumn after taking out a badly overgrown plant in the wrong place.   They took their time but I now have two baby honeysuckles.

Purple plant id please

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 20:08

No warning - sell the lot so you don't feel sorry for them and plant them at home.  

I wa sgiven some of these once and loathed the harsh yellow against the purple tho I did like the foliage. Luckily, it was wiped out by one of the more serious Belgian winters.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:56

BM - perfumed, repeat flowering rambling and shrub roses plus perfumed and clematis plus a winter honeyscukle and 2 hamamelis to extend the season.     There'll be ground cover too but probably not perfumed or it will be a battle of pongs.  It's on the east side of the house in an area 10m long on the eastern hedged side and 7.5m wide on the north and south ends.  The idea is to have a bed about 1.5 wide on 3 sides with a table and chairs for morning coffee in the sun..

Given the northerly hooly that's been blowing thru there today I shall need windbreak fabric on the northern fence for a year or two while it all gets established.

Mystery plant in garden

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:46

Not an asset in a garden I fear - https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/weeds/charlock

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 15:40

Thanks for sharing.  Lovely photos.

Hazel - if I lived near Harlow Carr I'd be teher every couple of weeks saoking up plants and ideas and probably raiding the plant shop for some little something.  As it is, I was there just the once in 2007 after the RHS Tatton show and was enchanted.   

Same with Wisley.  Years since I've had time for a proper visit to the gardens but if I have a couple of hours to spare on the way to or from the Channel I pop in for a quickie.    Entry to all the RHS gardens is free to RHS members and one guest.

Purple plant id please

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 15:23

Lysimachia Firecracker - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/60229/Lysimachia-ciliata-Firecracker/Details for more info.

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.

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