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Repotting hostas

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:43

The best time to divide hostas and re-pot or re-plan this as they push their new shoots up in spring.   If, like Verdun, you garden in the south west and barely know what frost is, then autumn is OK if you know what you're doing and can look after them.  Otherwise they can sulk and even die.

I suggest you do yours now using the best John Innes compost you can find, mixed with some leaf mould if you have it, and make sure you keep them regularly watered through the rest of spring and summer.   If not, best to do it next spring unless you live in balmy Devon or Cornwall.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:31

Pleased for you FITR.

Punkdoc - I think men should be MADE to wear pink chiffon meringues and pink high heels for at least a whole day as part of their training for life.

Dove and WW - hop eit's been a good day on the whole.

Just got in from our last salsa class of the season so a bit of a party with rum and mixers on tap and I made nibbles - Parmesan biscuits with a hint of chilli, cheese and ham muffins, spiced rhubarb cake and chocolate, rum, ginger and pecan brownies.    The last was an experiment and very luscious.

No gardening today other than moving a few big hosta pots form south side to north side.  None tomorrow as it's patchwork day - my first since March cos of splintered thumb and then limpy dog.  Better go and sort out some fabrics.

Sweet dreams all.

ID Please

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 12:42



Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:13

Australians have lounge rooms.   Ours is a living room although with both dogs flaked out asleep on a sofa each it feels more like a lounging room.

My English conversation scientists have great trouble understanding Americans but did use Americanisms so I always pointed out the difference between those and proper English.   Thinks like boot and trunk, tramp and bum and other words that could lead to confusion or embarrassment.

Fil-um is a legitimate regional pronunciation of a word. It's the same in Dutch and Flemish and the north east of England has long ties and common antecedents with them and the Danish and Norwegians.

One of my big dislikes at the moment is "concerning" when the speaker really means worrying, or of concern.   Concerning means about or relative to or with reference to.........

And someone should smack the gob of the person or persons who perpetrate the use of gobsmacked when they mean amazed or astonished or overwhelmed which are all perfectly good words.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:36

Dull and grey and feeling cold today.   I have shopping and baking to do for our rum night - last salsa class of the dance season with rum and snacks and fun.

Otherwise, a bit of cleaning, a bit of gardening and a bit of technical HRT.  I've been told where I can get a flame thrower to do the weeds in the old cobbled road that is part of our front garden.   Watch this space!

I hope all goes well for Dove and Wonky and everyone else having a difficult time.

Last edited: 18 May 2016 08:37:11

What is this for?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:14

Give it a good scrub and use it as a candle holder on your garden or kitchen table.

Rose in pot

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 23:04

You should always leave a good inch or two between the rim of the pot and the level of compost to allow for watering generously as it's better to give one good, long drink every few days than a  wee dribble every day.    Wee dribbles encourage shallow, surface rooting which then gets baked to death in hot weather or frozen to death in winter so I would settle for just a mulch now and pot it deeper next time.    

Last edited: 16 May 2016 23:04:51

Rose in pot

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 22:39

I think the rose looks healthy but planting advice is generally that the graft union where your rose is joined to the root stock should be buried 1 or 2 inches below soil level as this increases vigour and reduces suckering from the root stock.

You may want to bear this in mind when the time comes to pot it on.

In the meantime, keep it well watered but not drowning.   Feed it generously up until late June - no later as this encourages sappy growth that won't have time to harden off before winter frosts damage it.   Consider a mulch of expanded clay pellets, slate chippings, chipped bark or some such to help retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 20:21

Hello Nora - Unwanted email notifications now gone, thanks, but Followed Threads not working any more.   I now get taken back to early April instead of the more recent threads.

Can you fix it?  Or know a  man who can?

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 17:03

Not so much gardening as maintenance.  Yesterday I got out the new Karcher and blasted the terrace to clean up all the slabs and granite pavers then left it to dry out.   OH swept away all the crud this morning and we brought out our teak table which I have also now spent ages Blasting with the Karcher. 

I've sprayed the table, terrace and front access path and old cobbled road with anti algae - an experiment - and now need to oil the table while dinner's cooking.  Bank holiday here so a roast chuck with baked beetroot and other goodies.  Possum is threatening to make chocolate fondants.

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