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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:00

Humph!  I wish my daughter would discover the Zen of gardening.   She' having late teenage grumps.  Not attractive at 21.

As a toddler and small child she liked nothing better than pottering with a watering can and helping mum and eating all the strawberries and blueberries fresh from the plant but now she barely even goes out there except, rarely, when pushed to play with the dogs.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 09:04

No gardening yesterday unless you count taking 8 twisted willows to new homes with ballroom teacher and colleagues.  Been cunning too.  OH cut our grass far too early and far too short last week - not listening to his boss - so I arranged for maintenance man to collect the mower for servicing.   It'll be away for 2 weeks during which time the grass can recover and OH can weed and feed and scarify if he must, but not scalp!

Today I'm on ceiling painting duty first and then we'll be turfing over-wintered pots of hosta, lilies, roses, clematis and so on out into the daylight against a sheltered south facing wall.    They'll get top-dressed and fed while the paint dries.

Weather not looking good for tomorrow and worse on Monday so,in a way, it's a good job I have painting to do.

Hosta - looks like satisfying work.   Well done.

Busy - so many babies!   English or French?

british epiphyte

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 14:45

Beautiful.  I love native primroses.    Much better than the fancy coloured polyanthus.   Wildflowers like this primrose don't need much feed and, indeed, don't do well in cultivated, improved soil.  Round here we have elderflower bushes and brambles growing in dust gathered by the shortened stems of pollarded willows.

Depending on their origins, garden plants and veggies need a lot more TLC to grow well which is why we invest so much time on improving drainage, moisture retention, alkalinity or acidity, nutrient levels, mulches, composting..........


Posted: 25/03/2016 at 11:29

No sprays here either.  I have bird feeders hanging all over the garden and I find that the adult sparrows and tits come and hoover up the aphids to feed their chicks and the ladybirds and larvae deal with the rest.  If I find some they've missed I squish with my fingers and give them a blast from the hose pipe with it's spray nozzle.

Plant recommendations for shaded pots.

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:04

Astilbes will need lots of watering if grown in pots.   Fuchsias, both trailing and upright do very well in baskets and pots next to my north facing wall and, of course, loads of hostas and lilies.   Hakonechloa also needs regular watering as it likes damp soil but it will provide a lovely foil to hostas and lilies and moves gracefully in the breeze.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 08:44

Cold and grey and a bit murky after a very clear night with a big bright moon as we came home from Soul class last night.   Roads almost empty last night and most of our class stayed at home to be safe and no doubt check on family and friends.   Mobile phone networks were jammed yesterday so it was hard to check personal contacts.

Today I have patchwork class homework to do then ceiling painting and then a raid on the supermarket as it's rum night at Salsa this evening and I make the cakes and savoury nibbles.  Patchwork class tomorrow.

Gardening on Friday as we have trellis fence posts to set in concrete and then trellis to fix and climbing roses and clems to prune and tie in as well as all the usual spring weeding and feeding and dividing and scarifying and shed painting and bringing pots out of winter shelter and into the daylight and............

Flower Sprouts

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 08:34

These taste more like curly kale but are sweeter and more tender.   I ordered seeds form Suttons after buying some at my local supermarket at Xmas.  Canna thole a sprout but these are delicious.

Needless to say they cost a packet as I had to order other seeds to spread the cost of p&p and I'd also been on the T&M site which had goodies I discovered I needed.

I shall be sowing mine in the second week of April as we will be away for the first week and Possum is happy to stay home and study and look after the house and cat but doesn't do seedlings and gardens.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:08

Hello all.   We're safe thanks and, as far as I know, no friends lost or hurt but several disrupted by events and it will take some time before I know they're all safe.

Thankfully OH retired at the end of December as he used to work near the EU.   He's had to go and fetch Possum from uni in Namur this evening as public transport is still affected and it's on the main Brussels/Luxembourg line.  

So distressing for the people involved and their families.   I suspect we all need to be vigilant now in major transport hubs and civic centres. 

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 17:56

A friend of mine had similar problems years ago when she lived in Overijse and her garden backed onto farmland and woods.   Turned out to be a combination of wild roe deer and the farmer's peacocks looking for tasty bits in spring when food in the woods and pastures was at a low ebb.

It must be so frustrating for you.   Can't offer practical ideas to help but you have my sympathy.

Trees or bushes that grow to 6-10m mature height

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:01

Look at the RHS website under plants.  It will let you select shrubs by height and soil type and feature of interest.   You can then check each one for spread, cultivation needs and so on.

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