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Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:56

Thanks Nora.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:49

I looked Nora but it won't let me change things.  Gives me a 503 service error.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:43

I am now getting email notifications I haven't asked for and don't want.  Too disruptive.   

Can I switch them off centrally in my profile or do I have to click a box every time I post something.  If it's the latter I'm going to find it all too tedious..............

Bare earth or ground cover?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 15:53

While I agree about forget-me-nots - they are after all biennial so done once they've flowered - I just cut back the pulmonaria once it has finished flowering so it grows fresh foliage.  Same with hardy geraniums and geums and potentillas and so on.   I also use carex buchananii as ground cover and primulas which then get smothered by hostas as they emerge and get big.  It's all about following on.

Bare earth or ground cover?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 14:13

To me bare earth is just asking for weed invasions and I spend enough time weedinga s it is without having more to hoe.   Well planned plantings with understorey ground cover and then taller plants coming through are far better and you can play with colours, forms and textures of foliage and flower.

Staking bearded iris

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 13:45

My aerial bird feeders are all on hooks on a bar which is built over a huge stone slab so the ground feeders and crumb scavengers can peck away with no damage to plants and I can periodically sweep up old stuff and clean the area.

If your bearded iris have decent roots they shouldn't be falling over.   The rhizomes are supposed to be on the surface so they can get baked - in cooler UK gardens anyway.   When I split mine I pot the new plants up and keep them in a quiet nursery area so they can grow new roots before I plant them out.

If that's not possible for you, try using some U shaped metal thingies over the rhizomes.   They sell them for pegging down weed membrane and I use it for jobs like holding stems down when I'm propagating by layering.   Should work for iris till they get their roots down.     

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 11:25

Afternoon all.  It is here in Belgium anyway.

Cool and grey but dry.   Yesterday was similar but with a colder north wind and we had to go to Jambes on the right bank of the Meuse from Namur as it has a Sunday morning flea market with a backdrop of the river and Namur citadel and Possum needs photos of local Patrimoine for a college project.

We decided to go and have lunch at the Panorama brasserie on the citadel with fabulous views of the Meuse valley towards the Ardennes then home where I climbed into OH's waders and Karcher'd the terrace.  It's made from reclaimed bluestone slabs and granite pavers from the old cowsheds so messy to pressure spray.

This pm we'll bring out the garden table and I'll clean that and then carry on potting on and weeding.   Quiet day today as it's Belgian Whit Monday.

Hope all gardeners and their pets are doing well.  

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 17:52

Party pooper alert.  Definitely not watching Euroderision.  I do have a blue and silver Abba type outfit in the attic which I kept for Possum dressing up purposes but as I was a size 10 when I made it in the 70s and Possum is 4 inches taller than me it doesn't fit either of us now.

Haven't been watching Poldark either.  Had enough of that story in the first version.

By popular request here, I'm making Thai green curry with chicken and noodles and we'll be watching a film and maybe even the last episode of the Night Watchman which we haven't had time to see together yet.

Enjoy your evening whatever you do or watch.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 08:14

NO frost here but a cold northerly wind blasting my nether regions when I went to feed the birds and move some hosta pots from sunny front to shady rear of house.

Off to a meeting of dance club presidents this morning then gardening this pm.

Rasta doggy still limping for morning cuddles and sympathy but runs round the garden like a puppy when she thinks I'm not looking.   Horrible dog!

Someone asked earlier on about Chelsea - I'm going on the Wednesday and dragging OH along on the grounds that he has to do it at least once in his life.  After all I went with him to rugby internationals and golf club dinners.......Yawn.  (dinners not rugby.  Lots of lovely thighs to admire back then and some decent rugby too.)

After Chelsea we're off to see Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto and no doubt indulge in a bit of HRT (horticultural retail therapy).

Happy Saturday everyone.  Hope all illnesses and injuries are getting better and you have a fine day for gardening.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 17:11

Italian ice cream will be so much better than their cake.   Enjoy.

I have lifted my hosta - left one lump in the ground to grow on with plenty of space and split the rest to pot up in 2 10 inch pots and 1 20 inch.  Gave them a pep talk so hope they'll be OK.  It was in my damp shade bed which has now had a whole bag of soil conditioner spread over it and I've planted out some lovely white Thalia daffs I had planted in a window box after finding them lurking in the garage too late to plant in the ground.

Now I'm lovely and mucky and need a shower before going dancing.

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