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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 08:58

I've done that too when connections have been poor Busy and also when email was having hissy fits.  Glad it works for you.  Internet very slow here today too.

We have a small magnolia which looked quite dead in August and very dead in October.  It is covered in lichen which adds to the stressed tree theory so I watered and weeded and fed and this week one branch has produced a show of flowers but there are leaves bursting over the rest.  Worth persevering as the flowers are gorgeous.

Little to no lower growth!

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 18:49

Cut back some of the highest stems to fence height or below.  Then give the plants a handful or three of blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure and a good drink - at least 10 litres/2 gallons each.  This should stimulate growth lower down.

You could also fork over the bare soil and add the same feed to it and then plant some sturdy perennial plants  to hide the fence.

Last edited: 04 April 2017 18:49:32

Would you chop this cornus?

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 18:46

You need to chop to get the gorgeous red stems as they fade to dull brown as they age.

Try taking out just half the stems while it's still a young plant and then you get the best of both worlds and the new stems that grow will probably flower later giving you a double show and then you'll have the bright stems for winter.   Next spring, remove the stems you left this year and so on thru years to come.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 18:40

I have just spent 4 hours out there messing with the hosta bed and watering treasures.  It's jolly slow work dogging holes with ribs but I'm getting there.  The sun came out which helps but I was distracted a lot by helpful kittens and the dogs running around too - unable to decide between making sure next door's dog kept her distance or to play with pussies.    Not good for hostas!

Cosmos is growing up - first litter duty outside in fresh MP compost I've been using a s a soil conditioner.   Typical boy, ended up covered in black specks.

Time to clock off, have ahot shower and make a simple dinner.

Well done everyone who's managed to get some gardening done and roll on the weekend or some sun or a cure (delete as applicable) for those who couldn't.

Clematis texensis

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 16:02

Princess Diana is a fabulous clematis.  I had her in full sun in my Belgian garden but she should do fine in a northerly aspect as long as there is light and not full shade.

Duchess of Albany is another possibility of you want pink - paler but with a deeper bar and the same tulip shaped flowers.   There's also Betty Corning which is pale lilac with deeper mauve bars and her flowers are perfumed.

When to move a Magnolia

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 15:01

When it's dormant so autumn once its leaves have fallen.  That way its roots can grow out while the soil is still warm and it will be ready to supply the energy needed for flowers and foliage in spring and need less watering.

Is my Lavender dead?

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 14:58

You managed to leave a few leaves on so maybe all is not lost but, frankly, I think it will take ages for a plant in that condition to fill out and become attractive again so I would pull them up and get rid or you could try planting them in pots and nurturing them somewhere sunny but out of the way..

For your new plants, trim them regularly each year after flowering is over, taking out all the flower stems and not more than an inch of foliage stems.  That way they should stay compact.

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 13:47

I have been trying to get out an ddo some planting most of the morning but had a few inside jobs first.   I did manage to pot up some raspberry canes I bought on offer and then it started raining!

Was just changing jacket and putting my boots back on when kitchen salesman came to check we were happy with the installation nnd give us the invoice.  He's gone off happy with a fat cheque.

Back to planting for me, accompanied by a bird whose song starts off sounding like a saw and ends with a trill?  No idea as I can't see it.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 13:05

It is raining here.  Very welcome but i was in the middle pf planting stuff and now my supposedly waterproof gardening jacket is soaked thru.

Plant identification

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 12:48

They look like my rocket plants when they've gone to flower.  Good in salads but the leaves are tough by this phase so pick carefully.

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