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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 13:42

Keep it for the evenings your unwanted visitor pops in.  Might make her leave earlier.  If you eat more garlic generally it'll be good for your tickers too.

Chili jam with sausages for me and mayo with chips.  Has to be a bacon butty tho, not sausage.

Minstrel kitten is staying close to Mum after her adventures yesterday.   She's still been out on patrol but comes in every 10 mins or so, has a quick cuddle and purr and heads off.   Currently fast asleep on the back of the sofa behind my bed.

Can't understand why it's taken so long to check taxes and football.  There have been so many tales of corruption and dodging in the papers over the last few decades. 

No frost here and, despite very promising looking heavy clouds yesterday evening, no rain.  Clear skies and nightingale song when I let the dogs out for their bedtime pee.   OH is golfing and I have been cleaning windows in the annex so it's all shipshape for the tiler tomorrow.    Off to mark out my new rose beds now.  Couldn't get a stake in the ground yesterday so had to put the sprinkler on.

patience is a virtue

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 13:29

It's a great feeling isn't it?

Whole new garden to fill here and lots of seeds to sow so lots of excitement to come.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 13:27

Couldn't grow lace caps and mopheads in Belgium as they always got frozen to the ground every winter.  Then I discovered the paniculatas and had mixed results so I dug some up and brought them with me.  prim White, Limelight and Candle light and one other whose label has gone.   They have been planted in the hosta bed and ar now coming into leaf very nicely.

We have inherited 2 large hydrangeas at the base of the wall on the north side of the ruin.  

Used to wear 4" inch heels for posh but daytime heels gradually got lower and lower.  Highest heels for dancing were 2" until I got my new feet with metatarsals shortened and re-attached to toes.  Now I can manage 1" dance heels but otherwise wear flats.  I'm happiest in flip flops in summer or wellies.

Minstrel kitten is very cuddly today and keeps coming for re-assurance after her adventures with Aiko, next door's greyhound.   I had to climb a tree using a rickety wooden ladder to fetch her down as she refused to budge.   Not just a dog below but horses too Mum.   I may be a bit long in the tooth for such adventures.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 00:07

It certainly is.  Can you tell us the names of the roses please?

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 23:18

Some April blooms in my new garden.  A lot earlier than in Belgium.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 22:56

I bought a Lady EH on Monday and ave just potted her up to grow  strong set of roots while we get the new rose bed sorted out for planting.  I also have Summer Song from a spring order which included Fighting Temeraire, The Lark Ascending,, William Shakespeare plus The Pilgrim, Malvern Hills and Lady of the Lake.  I brought with me Geoff Hamilton, Munstead Wood, Scarborough Fair and Jacqueline Du Pré which I had in pots.   I also brought a Breathless Charm which has Graham Thomas as a parent.

Just before we left our Belgian garden I took some last minute cuttings and most have taken so today I potted on 2 Teasing Georgias, 3 Queen of Sweden, 1 Graham Thomas and 3 more whose name had washed off their pot. One pot failed completely and its name was washed off too so I shall just have to wait and see what I have. 

I love David Austin roses for their perfume, their flower form, whether singles or complex, and their disease resistance.

Advice please on bare root roses

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 21:17

The roots shouldn't be too squished and bent.

When you buy them in pots from rose nurseries they generally come in square pots at least 10"/25cms deep and 6"/15cms wide.   Try and find something that deep and wider if necessary.   Make sure the garft union - where the rose is grafted to the rootstock - is between one and two inches below soil level.

Mossy lawn and weedy planting beds

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:32

That looks like a mess of ivy and crocosmia/montbretia which some consider a good garden plant and others a pest as it can be invasive.    

Buying trees online

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:28

Grow them on in pots and look after them as they are tiny.   Given good care they should grow away well.  I would also keep them sheltered over winter in a quiet corner away from deep frosts and strong winds and then either pot them on again next spring or plant them out depending on their size..

Advice please on bare root roses

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:25

I always pot new roses in good, loam based compost - John Innes no 2 or 3 - so they can develop a good strong root system before they have to face life in the hurly burly of my borders.  As long as they are watered regularly and fed in spring and early summer, they can very happily live in a decent pot for a whole year or more.

I suggest you do the same and that will give you time to do something about that soil.  It needs a through forking over to loosen it and clear away stones, rubble and any other crud and weeds.  Then you can condition the soil with some bought in multi-purpose compost, well rotted manure and any other soil conditioners you can find to improve the structure and nutrient content.

Yours look like they've had no light at all and need to be introduced gently to the great outdoors or the wind and sun and cold will be too much of a shock.

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