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Non fruiting fig

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:22

The new garden has a large fig in full sun which is full of luscious leaves but not a single fig.   Any ideas as to how to provoke it into fruiting for next year?   Feeding, pruning, stern talking to?

We have one here in the greenhouse which I had to hack back quite hard in spring and it has tried to take over its world again and produced dozens of fruits but too late to ripen.  

Can't win.

Which foxglove?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:15

I woud suggest you add loads of well rotted garden compost and manure to that bed and fork it gently in before planting anything else and then add more as a mulch after planting and a thorough watering.

I like Pam's Choice - http://www.kernock.co.uk/acatalog/Digitalis-purpurea-Pams-Choice-U1595.html for info.  You can grow it from seed or buy it on a good garden centre or nursery.   The plain white alba form is also lovely, especially for lighting up a shady spot.

Have a look at persicaria Painter's palette for the shadier part of the bed.  It won't like sun but persicaria affinis does and will provide good ground cover.

Use the RHS website's plant finder to fin other plants that will suit your soil and aspect and light levels to choose more that will carry you through the seasons.

Help attracting wildlife

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:56

Frogs and toads will find their way if you make a pond but be sure it has a sloping edge or a plank or stone they can use to climb out again.  Both like to come out onto dry or boggy land and toads especially don't spend their life in there but need it for breeding.   Both will eat pests such as slugs.   Don't put fish in the pond as they will eat the spawn.

Hedgehogs need access so a solid fence or wall will keep them out.  You can cut holes in wire mesh or wooden fences to allow them to get to and fro but your neighbours will have to do the same and also provide safe cover for them to feed and breed and raise their young and hibernate.

Birds will come if you provide food all year round - peanuts in feeders, fat balls, loose seed for ground feeders and in hanging feeders for the "swingers" such as tits and sparrows.

Planting flowers that attract insects will also attract birds which will eat aphids and caterpillars for you.

Have a look at this advice form the RHS on attracting wildlife - https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/encourage-wildlife-to-your-garden

Identify a plant

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 16:16

Blimey.  When did it become hesperantha?!

Identify a plant

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 15:02

They used to be called Kaffir lilies but that's not PC now so they are now more usually called by their botanical name Schizostylis.

Name this plant please?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:36

Winter flowering jasmine is evergreen and unscented Aym.

Forsythia is deciduous and flowers in spring.

Agapanthus from seed

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:15

I sowed some a few years ago and gave several babies to a friend and kept the rest in my own greenhouse.  Mine all perished as that winter was very cold but my friend's survived and he gave me one back last year so I now have a flowering baby.

Patience and frost free and you'll get some free plants.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:05

I've tried fig jam and found it far too sweet but maybe mixing it with orange would sharpen it up a bit.  Love the idea of fig chutney.  What's it good with?  

I've a cupboard full of jars or jams and chutneys from this year and last year and the year before which is why I did alcoholic damsons and blackcurrants this year.   

Still no rain which is good as OH is walking the dogs.  Need to put on some scruffy clothes for the next phase of packing.  There be cobwebs - amazing how they proliferate at this time of year. 

WW - we've offloaded stuff to furnish Possum's apartment and stuff to Oxfam and Trocs (2nd hand) but still have loads so it'll be one lorry for the house and another for the garden furniture, tools and plants which are multiplying.......    

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:45

Still no really wet stuff here or storms which is just as well as it meant we could offload all the books to the charity sale people.  A relief.  Now to carry on packing what we're keeping.

DD - you need to arrange a schedule of collections and keep Charlie informed about when and where since you can't count on OH to be reliable or fair about delivering on time.

WW and Hosta and Pat - hope all aches and pains and dodgy bits are better today.

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:29

Dove - my soil is alkaline too but is also a deep, fertile loam.  I planted my molinia first in the damp bed near the back of the house but their stems were repeatedly flattened by strong winds so I moved them over by the pond where they were more protected and I now get the tall stems I was after.

Stipas of any sort curl up their toes here.   Much too cold in winter even in the well drained parts.

I like hakonechloa and it did well in the damp bed but has been smothered this year by exuberant large leaved hostas which really enjoyed the long wet start to spring and summer.

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