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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.

Birch trees

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:57

I don't think birch would suit that site as they do look odd (or downright ugly) when cut back.    They are also relatively shallow rooted so prone to falling over in high winds and you don't want bovver with your neighbours and insurance claims.

I suggest you consider a snake bark maple (acer pensylvanicum - several forms) which has interesting bark and maybe prunus serrula for its bark and flowers and foliage, crab apples such as malus John Downie, sorbus commixta, koelreuteria paniculata and gleditsia.   The RHS website has descriptions of all of these and none will outgrow your height requirement.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:48

Try a backup plan Busy.  It's also on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning so one of those should fit with OH's viewing.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:34

No she can't.  She's in France.   Can you not set it up weekly Busy?   

Too late to cut back cornus Alba aurea?

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 21:10

I haven't pruned any of my cornus yet as we've been having a long run of frosts until this morning and I don't like to do major pruning when the wounds can get frozen.    They should get done by Easter Monday with any luck and I shall use som eof the stems to try and strike cuttings.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 21:05

I find that clematis need a couple of years to get their feet settled before they take off.  Sometimes they fail and disappear but most pop up again after a year or two - after I've binned the labels and forgotten what they were!  

I've always planted deep but I'm finding that some clems are just more sensitive to winter cold than others so now I buy them from a pair of brothers who have a nursery about an hour away from here and they advise me on suitable varieties and also label most of their selection with degrees of frost they can take.  I no longer buy any that can't cope with -25C.

As long as they get a good, deep root run I find clematis don't care about being planted in full sun or full shade but they do need to be planted with the aspect that suits them best.  Some like full sun.  Some like shade.   Lots of plants are like that - roses, hardy geraniums, Japanese maples......

You just need to get the right plant for the right place and that's easy with google and forums like this. 


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