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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 13:18

So was Possum.  No tantrums at any stage until just recently.   Bit of a shock to the aging parents and hard to deal with especially as we know that hiding in there somewhere is a delight.

Ceiling done, masking tape done on skirting boards and doors ready for walls.   Window embrasure painted too.

Spot of lunch and then off to the GC for a pot for a Chrystal Fountain clematis I need to rescue and nurture as it doesn't seem to thrive in its current position.  Just a few metres along from an exuberant Arabella in the same bed and soil.  

Garden design fails

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 13:13


Garden design fails

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:38

I have just planted 3 weeping willow branches along the stream in our paddock across the road.  They have their place and are intended to suck up excess flood water as well as hide the view of a white "cottage" which used to be hidden by a high conifer hedge.

The new owners have cut the conifers to 2m high and stripped all the branches on the outside to make a parking space.  It looks hideous from here.  They are now intending to add a storey to their "cottage" and make it a house.  That will take 9 months and needs to be hidden from view from my kitchen window.

Belgians tend to like their front gardens to be neat and ordered which all too often means geometric rows of red salvias or geraniums with bare soil and red and yellow tulips in spring.   The Walloons aren't as tidy as the Flemish who go in for tight evergreen balls or cones of box and privet and clipped grass.  They also like rows of standard roses or standard pink and cream Japanese willow.   Has to be tidy.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:26

Wonky - she's a student at Namur, just 20kms away.  She lived out for her second year and it was a disaster so she's back home again and actually working hard and passing her exams now.  She has her driving licence and a car so is independent in that sense.  I would just like some good manners, an occasional smile and a willing hand to set the table and empty the dishwasher.  

5 minutes a day is too much to ask?

I do know not to expect her to do any gardening or plant related things.

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............

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