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Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:39

We have had 2 inches of rain in the last 24 hours or so.  Lovely.  More please.  OH played golf yesterday and the locals were so peeved that some gave up before the end.  Fair weather golfers not used to rain.   OH played very well apparently and they all reckon it's cos he's English so is used to wet stuff.

We have been to a plant fair today and indulged in some lovely horticultural retail therapy (HRT).   OH has a new white wisteria full of flowers and several stems to train out.  30€ so made my plants look very reasonable.  Azalea Anneke, Sambucus Sutherland Gold, Weigelia Back and White, Viburnum Sargentii Onondaga all for 10 or 12€ then a potentilla Pink Beauty, Astilbe Bunter Zauber, Brunnera Jack Frost, hakonechloa macra aureola, proper bluebells, and irises Tickle the Ivories, Benton Caramel, Coral Care and English Charm all for 4 to 6€ each.

Paella was scoffed at the village bar which has a lovely English sign for the loos indoors:-

                    "Men to the Left because Ladies are always Right!"

Now to pot on or water and hold for planting later this week.   OH did not bat an eyelid when I said we'd need a new pergola for his wisteria.

Came home to find a surprise rose flowering just above our hedge by the gate.  Deep red and perfumed.   Excellent day so far even with rain and wind and grey stuff between bursts of blue and sunny.

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 21:58

Did you read the instructions before you used the product?

You need to water thoroughly to thin it down and rake off all the dead stuff and bin it.   Remove as much of the dead stuff as you can.   If you have more gaps than grass you will just have to rake it all over to loosen the surface and then re-sow.  

Once you have removed all the dead material, spike the whole lawn by pushing your garden fork in at regular intervals and wiggling it to enlarge the holes.  Brush in some sharp sand - not wet builders' sand - to help keep the holes open and improve drainage.   Sprinkle on a layer of fresh compost and then re-sow with fresh grass seed.    Water in after a couple of days if there is no rainfall.

More extensive info and advice available here from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=413

Renovating Forsythia

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 21:33

I don't really see that removing 1 in 3 stems would give it an odd shape but, since forsythia are neither expensive nor difficult to find, why not just hack the blazes out of it and if it does fail, just replace it.

Renovating Forsythia

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:54

My personal inclination would be to hack it and then dig it up but then I don't like them.

However, assuming they want flowers next year they should cut about 1/3 of all the stems back to the main stem now.   They can then shorten the remaining stems to a size and shape that suits them.  If they repeat this every spring after any flowering finishes they will have renovated their shrub over 3 years - as long as they don't cut out the newest shoots next year and the year after.

Thereafter, they just need to cut back all the flowered stems as soon as flowering finishes.  Forsythias flower on wood produced the previous year but an older one that's been neglected might go onto shock if you take out all the stems in one go.   A spring feed wouldn't hurt.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 19:56:06

Trellis or Wire?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:31

I've seen vine eyes in DIY stores but not often in garden centres. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:27

Did he/she help make the lemon tart?  Quite agree about store bought lemon meringue pie.  That kid's got taste!

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:24

Pansy - maybe people will buy your toms once the weather warms up.  Shame to chuck 'em if you can hang on another 10 days or so.

M-U - patchwork quilts are in demand so offer them to a charity shop or sell 'em on E-bay or else maybe Freecycle.   

I think Bert from Grimsby is very handsome.  Hope he's happy with his new playmate.


Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:18

I should think it will be OK.   Mine is just going over after flowering prolifically this spring and I will be cutting back some of the over long or low branches as well as removing those that have snuck under the gutter on our annex.   Then I shall feed them and do the usual July pruning in due course.

Plant identification please

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:16

They need full sun and moist but well-drained soil to thrive.   If you put it in shade you'll get fewer flowers.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 18:26

Hazel - you can work most of them out by replacing rose with itis or osis - 

cirrhosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, neurosis, arteriosclerosis, fibrosis.... 

More rain here just now - OH is walking the dogs while I address a chuck with garlic and herbs and butter for roasting for dinner.    Getting very blustery now.

Allow me to introduce you to Bert from Grimsby - http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/meet-escapee-bert-naughty-raccoon-recaptured/story-29116720-detail/story.html 

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