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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 22:28

Gorgeous Cloggie.  What is that last one?

Palustris - you have some fabulous blooms.   Is that the troublesome female you adopted a while back?   Looks very contented now.

Rosemoor Visit

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 22:09

Lovely photos Hosta.  Thanks for sharing.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 20:34

As long as he doesn't drop off it!

Spag vongole was good with a glass of wine and a glass of tonic - not mixed - but I now have a yen for dumplings so will have to make a beef stew but Belgian carbonnade with beer for us.   Ooh look.  Mary Berry's doing dumplings too!

Myth on coffee grounds?????

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 20:16

We put all ours on the compost heap.   The caffeine and texture in coffee shop quantities of grounds used as a mulch are supposed to deter slugs from eating your tender, juicy treasures.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 17:24

Thanks.  It's a bit wearing, the lack of sleep.  I decamped last night so OH could sleep undisturbed and Cosmos decided I needed some loving so, as well as cramps, I had loud purring, lots of cuddles, some play, my forehead licked and my hair kneaded.   Lovely.

I am covered in paint and polyfilla again.  I shall have apiece of good quality chocolate, a glass of Tonic and a good hot shower.

How's your day panning out?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 16:59

Even having plaster board fitted makes dust Clari, just from the bits where they fill the screw holes and edges but at least mine is now ready for painting.   Good luck with yours and the big clean up.  I've just done the cutting in on the annex.  Helps me see the little bits of filling I missed and that need fixing before the real stuff goes on tomorrow.   Cosmos kitten has been determined to help and I've had great fun keeping out of the paint pot in the top of the step ladder.

Dust with the vacuum cleaner and then a damp cloth.  Repeat as necessary - ad it will be.   

I drink plenty thru the day and know not to get dehydrated but, thanks to a tip from Horlicks, I shall be drinking sugar free tonic water with dinner instead of water.  OH found some on his way back from golf.  I have a Greek yogurt nearly every day with honey and cinnamon to keep lurgies away and we eat plenty of pulses, greens, fish and avocadoes.  Hope the Tonic works.

Gardening as a career

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 16:35

You can also do qualifications online with the RHS  - no travel except maybe for exams.   If you haven't got a bicycle you will just have to learn to drive.

Just how much do you want to be a trained and skilled gardener?  Sometimes you just have to what''s necessary and not put self-imposed obstacles in your way.  

Weed issue

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:08

It's safe to spray weedkiller as long as you keep it off the foliage of the beech.  If you can, spray a foot width on teh far side too to give you some space then, when it's worked, fork or the soil to remove all the weed remains and cut off any that may be creeping back. 

Water well and then cover with a good thick mulch (2" minimum) of chipped bark, slate chippings or gravel depending on taste and budget.   This will exclude light and stop other seeds germinating but also make it easier to hand weed or hoe any future invasions.   Unless you can put a physical barrier several inches deep between your hedge and the land on the other side you will always be invaded.

Consider making this mulched area wide enough for you to walk on to trim your hedge as it grows and contain it with a barrier on your side between the hedge and any lawn or future bed you put there.  That will help contain creeping buttercup but you need to be vigilant as it puts our runners very quickly in my experience.  Constant battle in my last garden.


Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:02

If the soil is cold and wet I'd put it in pots for now and nurture it.  A friend of mine in Belgium with a dry, sunny bank had this stuff all over the place but every plant she gave me turned up its toes as my soil was richer but more importantly colder and wetter until much later on in summer.

You & todays internet media

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 14:05

It's OK Lyn.  Nora is aware of his name change and his past names and his past posting history.  I expect this thread will be closed if it gets silly.

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