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Gardeners forum.

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 15:05

DK - I refer you to your post suggesting a new forum be started for the disgruntled and Daniel's understandable response.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 14:07

How very odd BL.  I knew that UK and Belgian dates were different but assumed it was a continent wide thing.


Maybe they were all at church doing their Ascension thing.    They do have Open Gardens in France don't they?    They  understand the basic principle?


I am still feeling very weary after this weekend's show.  Been messing with post show thank yous and admin this morning then took drama queen Rasta to the vet to have her stitches out.   Running round the garden with no bother this morning.  Limping heavily for the vet who was very sceptical of my explanation till Rasta, after it was all over, tried to leap off the examination bench from a great height and then ran away down the corridor - no limp in sight!   Gotcha!


Clouding over a bit now and cooling down so I'm off to commune with the baby veg and salads.

Gardeners forum.

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 13:53

DK - I don't see a problem posting links to sites.  I have done it before when citing A4A or the RHS as good places to find particular advice.   However, it is another thing entirely to entice people away to another gardening forum because you want to desert this one.


If we are to maintain the sense of community here and keep the light handed moderation we really do need to be patient and give the techy team time to fix things.

Where can I buy loam based compost

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 13:49

Compost comes in many formulations.   Anything marked as being John Innes should be based on loam.  There are 3 grades with differing levels of nutrients.   No 1 is for seedlings and cuttings.   2 is for potting on seedlings and young plants and then no 3 for mature plants.


You should be able to find it in any good garden centre or DIY store.

Struggling to grow Lavender from seed

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 10:54

I think you may be trying too hard.   We have a lavender hedge of alternate Hidcote and Edelwiess along the top of a retaining wall.  The ground below is beaten earth topped with brick chippings and is a parking area.  It is well covered with lavender seedlings that I am now planning to lift and replant elsewhere.


The seeds fall in late summer and then cope with everything the winter throws at them which can be temps down to -20C in a normal year plus rain, snow, wind, frost and thaw.  They germinate and grow in spring.   They are all a uniform blue which is paler than Hidcote and are all bone hardy.


Try mixing your seed compost with some perlite or vermiculite or fine grit to improve drainage and leave them outside in a sheltered spot, but uncovered, for winter.   However, if you want guaranteed colour and form, it's best to buy small plants of a named variety and grow them on.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 23:13

What a shocking start to your day Busy.  I'm so sorry.   Virtual hugs all round.


Pleased for your Open Garden day success.   Pity about the locals but it is Mothers' Day and I expect they were busy with that.   Today has been very quiet - no walkers, no cyclists, no car or motor bike rallies or speedsters whizzing by.  All having lunch with ma.


I hope you can have a bit of a rest tomorrow before you have to prepare your presentation.


Been warm and sunny here but set to get cooler and wet and windy again by tomorrow evening.  I have done nothing much all day except snoozle and cuddle dogs and cook a roast lamb dinner.  


Both dogs have been rolling in duck poo on our lawn - courtesy of the pair nesting in our pond - and needed a bath and then we cleaned Rasta's ears with solution so she's all pristine for the vet to remove her stitches tomorrow.   Clearly felt got at as she started limping again!   Utter fraud.  She'd been galloping along the upstairs landing 10 minutes before.   Clown.

Plants for bed - wet/clay on one side only

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:50

Sounds like you need some plants for boggy situations unless you can dig the soil and incorporate masses of grit and houmous to open up the soil structure.


Have a look at plants like rodgersia, filipendula, astilbe, hemerocallis, lysimachia ephemerum, lobelia cardinalis, ligularia, primula to start you off.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:41

Hello everyone.   Lovely sunny day here and I had planned to be out in the garden enjoying it but have just woken up after a long snoozle on the sofa, still cream crackered after last night's end of year show at the dance club which I organise, publicise, direct and then DJ the after show dancing.  


My new feet are feeling very old and creaky and crunchy today.    My veggie babies will just have to wait another day.


Glad you had a good time at Busy's DD.  I hope she's enjoying the day too.


Don't fancy a Pimms just yet Dove but here in Belgium the sun is not far off the yardarm point where a glass of chilled white NZ wine will be most welcome while I cook dinner.    It's Mothers' Day here and we were supposed to go out for lunch but I was too tired so we're having proper roast lamb and Italian style garlicky roast new potatoes and rhubarb something for pud.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:26

That's why I don't use smilies.   Too limited and limiting.   It's not as if the English language is short of words.

Failed twisted willows

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:38

Might also be something very simple like frost, in which case it should recover.

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