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hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:36


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:35

I had another go at the celandine and stuff and managed to get one big clump of rescued daffs split and planted but was driven indoors cos the easterly wind was just too cold.   I have been driven to cleaning instead as I have no kitchen men or fence men or digging men this weekend to mess it up again.

Just had a chat with OH and Possum in Namur and am now about to have well-earned glass of wine and some chicken something for dinner.    Might have to watch a recording of something before an early night.

Last chappy didn't leave till nearly 6 so dogs have been limited to walkies and lots of play in the garden today but nobody due tomorrow so we can have proper walkies.

Hope you find a good hill FG.   Enjoy yourself with daughter and family Busy.  Your grass chap sounds a real treasure Joyce.   Not sure your roscoea would suit my garden FB but they look interesting.  Hosta - forbearance will be needed at tills on a Saturday.  

Cheers everyone.  Bon appetit.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:20

You need the narrow leaved forms FG cos they're hardier.   I took cuttings of roses and bunged them in clay pots before we left and a surprising number have survived and produced leaves.  Unfortunately the indelible pen I used to mark the variety on each pot has washed off.

I set out to rescue a wheelbarrow load of daffs from a pile dug up by mini-digger while I could still access them and started planting them out, only to find their intended home is suddenly full of celandine, lords and ladies and sticky bud so only got one big clump in before giving in because the wind was so cold.

hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 17:04

I've grown this one in partial shade and it gets very leggy and floppy.  Much better behaved in full sun I found.

I like Kashmir White in shade but also Ann Folkard because her brighter, golden tinged foliage lights up a dark corner and the flowers are a good colour, tho not pale.

Bird disease

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 16:27

GD - when he's not looking I also have been known to put my trowels and Wolf heads through the dishwasher for a good clean and ceramic pots too.    I do, of course, remove all visible muck first but then they can go away clean and dry and oiled - as needed - till I need them again.

I do think a good heating or else some vinegar clears off a lot of nasty bugs and germs that can be harmful to birds.

Best branch garden saw

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 16:22

Good to get feedback.   Enjoy.

Help me fix my lawn

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:51

That piece of kit will replicate the holes you would pierce with a garden fork.   

The rake can be replaced by a scarifier which will certainly make light work of taking off all the dead moss and thatch once you've done the aerating, brushed sharp sand into the resulting holes and then correctly applied a spring weed and feed.   You'll be surprised at how much comes up.

If you want to compost the thatch, remove it before doing the aerating and weed and feed.   You don't want stuff treated with chemicals going on the compost heap.

Beth Chatto Garden Festival

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:43

I hope you and Chicky both go and have a great time and take lots of pics to share.    Tales of HRT would be good too - horticultural retail therapy.

ID please?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:42

There is a floppy, creeping form of spurge common in teh UK but yes, those purple flower buds make it cerinthe.    Much loved by flower arrangers for some reason.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:11

I seem to remember Geoff H making some from roofing lathes which are already pressure treated and just need staining.   If you drill small holes and then use screws it shouldn't split the wood and you'll end up with something quite sturdy.   Worth a go on a trial size tho.

I have brought some rusty metal obelisks with me - left a lot behind too - but I'm not sure they're big enough for most of my current clems so will have to build trellis or pergola or obelisk supports to suit.   My new ones include the Pilgrim, Fighting Temeraire, Summer Song and Lark Ascending plus Malvern Hills and William Shakespeare which I had in Belgium.  I've brought several more with me, already in pots or as cuttings so should have a good selection t get me going.

It is so cold in the wind that I have come back in and am making lists of plants on the PC whilst watching recordings of Carol Klein's year in the garden.    I went to let the kittens back in and Cosmos, who normally goes thru a whole greetings ritual rushed headlong straight upstairs and into the litter tray.  Desperate.   Blonde!  Going to have to teach him about the outdoor loo we've made.   Minstrel, meanwhile, has had that sussed for a couple of weeks and decided to do a thorough explore of kitchen man's van while I shivered. 

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