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What to do now

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 11:43

I suspect it's the wet feet as much as the cold air that does for salvias in UK winters.  I certainly took all mine in under shelter for Belgian winters.

I brought 3 with me - Amsitad, pineapple and Hot Lips (cos that was a gift from friends and the other two were cuttings from a friend).  They all survived a dry winter here in pots, outside and sheltered from northerly winds and westerly rains and -6C for a day or so.   The little babies of un-named but colourful varieties I bought at a plant fair and optimistically planted out did not survive.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 22:34

NB - they get a trim and a new feed stick and then a good rinse and a bit of  soak an then drained.  They then get a shower every couple of days to rinse off any remaining dust and make sure their roots are hydrated but not soggy.   I do this a couple of times a year and it seems to work a they then produce new flower stems.   I don't like orchids much but people will insist on giving them so I try to look after them.

Feeling weary here too now.   Went to La Roche-sur-Yon this pm to buy wading and lining fabric for the new chair seats and a Karcher window cleaner thingy and some wood filler stuff and a few groceries.  Managed to hit the school run and the TGIF run and all the people doing weekend shops.

DL - I've been wearing a bracelet thingy you put a drop of anti-bite stuff one each day and it isn't working against these beasties.

Growing veg from supermarket

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 22:20

Seed potatoes are produced as a crop by specific growers for seed companies.  They go o sale in garden centres and so on in early spring or you can order from seed suppliers.

Supermarkets do pots of herbs which can be pricked out and potted on and grown but I would check the prices of plugs in garden centres and nurseries before buying pots of SM herb which are less likely to have had proper feeding, watering and light levels and usually have too much soft, sappy, etiolated growth.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 20:06

Thanks Busy.  I've looked them up on Google and it says I need to have a hot bath with Marseille soap.  All very well but I only ever use liquid soaps and the bath is full of orchids on holiday.  Planning then.

Well done with all those plugs.

Insects of the day

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 18:06

We have those tiger moths in the Vendée but I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting any stick insects.  I'm hoping they'll come when we start having a proper garden and for that I need rain.   Lots of rain.  And a couple of lorry loads of well rotted horse manure.

At lunch the other day OH and I made it beyond the potager to discuss other plans for the garden - ornamental beds and trees and stuff but I do have to creep up quietly or he gets frightened.   You'd think he'd have learned after all these years.

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 17:42

It's in the title Cloggie!

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 13:49

Dunno.  It's a mystery.  I haven't been in the garden except to water pots, trim a silk tree and wander about between shed and garage and I never see or feel the blighters.

When to move perennials and shrubs?

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 13:47

When the plants are dormant so after leaf fall but whilst the soil is still warm enough for the roots to recover and grow out into their new home, ready to support the spring burst of growth.

Water the plants well to reduce root disturbance and dig them up with as much root ball as you can carry after they've had a chance to soak it up.  Re-plant immediately in prepared planting holes with added well-rotted garden compost or manure and a sprinkling of bonemeal which promotes roots.   Microrhyzal fungae scattered on the root ball will also help.

Vanille Fraise is a paniculata form of hydrangea and will be happiest in the ground.   Too easy to stress it in a pot with lack of moisture, lack of space, lack of nutrients.   They can be pruned back hard in spring so you can control size and shape that way.

Perennials such as osteospermums and cannas can't take frosts so need to be sheltered over winter.  Again, dig up and re-plant or pot up in autumn.  

Autumn is also the best time to move other perennials such as achillea and penstemons but not the late flowering rudbeckias, asters etc.   They're best done in spring.    Penstemons are hardy but to varying degrees.  Usually, the broader leaved forms are more tender than the finer leaved.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 13:18

No W the P in my life till my late 20s which, frankly, is too late to "get it".  

I have itchy bites all over - thighs, body, ankles, backs of knees, arms, shoulder.  Never feel anything but develop more each day.  OH not touched.   Any ideas?

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:36

Thought about a spade or better still a fork but would go no-dig.   Then I could swap the sneeboer for a clam shell and have secateurs and keep OH!

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