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Wisteria frutescens

Posted: 16/12/2017 at 14:11

It's just dying down for the winter and will eventually drop all its leaves.

I suggest, as it is clearly young, that you dunk the whole pot in a bucket of water till no further air bubbles arise and then you can either plant it out against a sheltered south or south west facing wall - maximum sun for optimal flowering - or, if the ground is frozen, keep it safe in your greenhouse till you can plant it out.  They are hardy once established.

You will need to provide supports for it when you do plant it out and they can also be grown as standards with the upper branches trained out like an umbrella - google for images.  After that, it needs pruning twice a year to encourage flowering.  Have a look at this RHS page for info -  https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 23:49

Cos we want the place to look nice for guests and it' a lot easier to do before any decs go up.   With any luck it'l stay looking good for more than 5 minutes.

OH bought some of those a couple of years ago for walking dogs in snow and slush.  Didn't get on with them at all on back country lanes with underlying mud.   However a friend in urban Stoke has bought some for walking her dog in the local park and is very pleased.

Sourcing Extra Large Plant Pots

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 23:45

Look also at places like Wickes and builders merchants which sell huge buckets for mixing plaster and so on.   You'd need to drill drainage holes tho.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 19:12

Car insurance is OH's domain.  I have managed to get away with another day of no tree or decs!  Yes!

Told OH - who started cleaning the living room in anticipation of tree - that we had to start from the top down and, after much grumping, has manfully wielded the cobweb buster and proper Miele vacuum cleaner upstairs while I did my sewing room and the bathroom.  He's also done the downstairs loo with teh cobweb buster and is now complaining there's a large spider in there starting new ones.   Fine by me, just don't tell Possum.   She'll have abdabs.

Now cooking guinea fowl with tarragon and sherry - Delia - for supper so that'll distract him for a while.

Glad the finger is doing better Liri.  Hope OH is resting properly and will be able to enjoy Xmas.   I loved my own baby to bits but don't find anyone else's interesting till a few months old and starting to show personality.  

Hope everyone has a lovely evening and no nasty weather surprises.

Lemon tree

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 14:31

I tried fishing just the once, in the Thames at Windsor when on a camping holiday as a child in the early 60s.  I hated baiting the hook and gave up after catching one fish, just to show I could so I could be left alone to do stuff I liked.

This fish was from a local fish market.   Lots of varieties on offer here and most caught off the nearby Atlantic coast so fresh as anything.  We eat a lot more fish now than when we lived in Belgium where I could get excellent frozen fish but in a limited range.   The grey mullet is usually line caught.   

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 12:48

8C now and we've had more rain but not enough to have visitors like your Hosta.   Lovely - but they'll make a mess.  Just as well we haven't got any as Rasta doggy found a nice pile of soggy and very stinky coypu poo last night when she went out for bedtime pee.  Rolled in it very thoroughly on both sides and needed a full bath.

No knitting here but I have started on some felt and fabric Xmas napkin holders...   Not sure they'll work but it's fun to try.

Mega shop done this am so curtains and cleaning for me this pm.   With any luck I can keep OH too busy to get the tree in the living room this evening but I reckon it'll be in and decorated by Sunday.  then, maybe, I'll have time to get the bulbs planted.   

Nose care

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 23:54

Too busy making curtains and Xmas decs and patchwork homework.   The tissues are biodegradable anyway.

Please can anyone identify the type of grass

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 22:28

To get back to the original question, different grasses are suited to different purposes - bowling green, putting green, shade, sun, kids playing etc.   Don't worry about what you have.  Think instead of how to get it looking good.

All that grass needs is a bit of TLC.  Leave it alone till spring when it starts growing again and then keep it cut regularly and not too short.  The foliage is there to photosynthesise and send energy to the roots which then take up water and nutrients from the soil and keep the grass healthy.  You can apply lawn feed and it's up to you whether you go purely for fertiliser - organic or otherwise - or a combined weed, feed and moss treatment but do read and follow the instructions for dosage or you'll end up witha right mess. 

By mid to late April it will be worth buying or hiring a scarifier to run over the grass and remove thatch which is just dead material from previous cuttings.  It can form a mat which reduces air an water flow  to the roots so should be removed in spring and again in autumn.   If you have used a weed and feed mix, a scarifier will help lift the dead stuff and moss.

Then it's a case of wait and see how it grows over the next season and whether it needs aerating to reduce moss and improve drainage or whether it's OK and just needs regular cutting.   

Personally, I don't mind weeds in my grass, or wildflowers.  They're more interesting than pure grass and better for wildlife and when I see interesting ones in my new grass (been here 1 year so new to me) I leave them alone to grow and flower and it's been lovely.

Dying plant in a hedge

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 22:07

Do you mean murraya paniculata?   If so I take it you're in Oz as this plant cannot tolerate cold.

This is a UK based forum with one or two posters from mainland Europe, Canada, USA, SA and Oz.   I think your best bet is to wait and see if Pat from near Canberra spots this thread or else try an Oz based forum.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 21:38

For a minute I thought that was your Santa list Wonky.

I get an error and lots of blurb and no boyfriend cardi with that link Dove.  Academic anyway as I won't be knitting one this side of 37.

Good time at dancing tonight but blimey I was hot after finishing with samba.  Aerobic stuff.  Feet up now and watching SCD IT2.  Lots of blah and not a lot of dance so far.   

2nd curtain finished this pm.  Just needs ironing and eyelets now.  I really like this system - so much better than tape and hooks and needs a lot less fabric so no great bunching up of dust collecting stuff.

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