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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:26

I suggest you go to a builders' merchants and look at the steel rods they use for reinforcing concrete.  It comes in various thicknesses and usually 5metre lengths.  The 5 or 6mm is flexible so can be bent to make plant supports for perennials - like Monty on GW - or over paths to make arches.   The thicker grades are sturdy enough for structures.   You can cut the thinner ones with bolt cutters or use a hacksaw on the thicker ones.

I've used the thin ones a lot as plant supports.  The rust makes them practically invisible most of the year.  I've also used the mesh grid for trellis to support soft fruits like blackberries as well as pumpkins and climbing roses and clematis.   Versatile stuff and discreet and will last a lifetime.

Haven't tried Eton Mess with raspberries but we will.  One of our favourite fruits.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:58

Some software does need you to restart your PC before it kicks in Busy.  Every now and again a rogue ad gets thru but if you click on ad block (icon on top right of my screen) it will let you delete them form your screen.  I do get the Sarah Raven ones but they don't interfere with performance.

I'm just back from dropping Possum off for her golf thingy and am about to water my pots and then cut out a denim skirt for her.  The car said it was 17c outside but it feels a lot cooler in the breeze and we're due to get down to 2C just before dawn so all softies will be brought in.

My adventures in my garden 2017 part 2.

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:54

Love your epimedium Marion.  I couldn't grow them in Belgium as it was just too cold and I expect the soil was wrong but I bought a new one with deep pinky red flowers at a plant fair on Saturday and hope it will like it here.

Here's a link to your old thread in case you need to refer to it at all - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/2017-in-my-bristol-garden/990956.html

Plant identification

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:25

Can't see the pic.  Use the camera icon to upload an image.  If it doesn't work you need to reduce the size of the pic until it will load.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:21

Busy - change your Word font to Verdana and install an ad blocker such as this one - https://adblockplus.org/ It's free and quite straight forward to do.  If you and OH can't manage it, ask a son or daughter or more techy friend to help.    It works fine on PCs but have no idea if it's good on iphones and iPads as I don't use them.   Internet is often slow here but I get on OK cos of ad blocking.

Liri - the meringue dissolves so the cream goes very sweet and the strawberries go a bit soft.  I now put a suitable portion of strawberries in each person's dish then let them crush their own mini meringues and then I spoon on dollops of lightly whipped cream.  Never any leftovers or soggy meringues.

I don't think I'll ever need to buy another bamboo cane.  OH has taken down and stripped half the canes of what turns out - probably - to be giant miscanthus and has stacked it all in the barn.   Masses of it.

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Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:37

They may be too young yet or in too much shade or have been pruned wrongly so the flowering shoots have gone or they are in need of nutrients or water if they are in pots.

They are not gross feeders but you could try giving them a drink of suitably diluted tomato food to see if that prompts them into making flower buds.

Cuttings of Herb

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:25

You need to do some serious background reading for your herb propagating ambitions.  Start with this from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=639

"Sown fresh" means sowing seeds in suitable compost - not multi purpose.

If you are going to have long term success with herbs you need to invest in some appropriate John Innes formula compost as discussed on your other threads.  Forget multi-purpose.  It is not good for herbs except, maybe, for mint if you add some JI or fine grit.

Do please get hold of books by Jekka McVicar and have a read about each each herb you are trying to grow.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:16

No iPhone, no iPad, no Aldi and I use an ad blocker on my PC.  The upgrades to the GW site are not, unfortunately, focused on better forum access but on better magazine and other access for increased revenues.

Bright and sunny out there but breezy and chilly so I've already brought tender stuff back in.   Need to water all my pots and then take Possum to a golf initiation and then I can potter.  Don't really want her to play golf but want her outside in fresh air and open to new experiences and people.

Have a good BH, whatever you're doing.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 23:05

LB - no worries.  She was small once - it only seems like yesterday so where did the time go? - and I did have her very late.

White equivalent of Geum

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 23:03

Astrantias also like moist soil and some shade.  Gorgeous plants tho.   

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