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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:05


Great night's sleep - what a difference it makes

Haven't watched Beechgrove for a while - find it hard to warm to the presenters somehow (Chris B excepted of course). Perhaps I'll give it another go this morning.

Not feeling too sore after yesterday's exertions but I think it may be wise to hold back on too much physical work today - I'm reasonably on schedule with the garden and with no rain forecast over the next week  I can pick and choose when to do the heavy jobs.

Might browse some clematis this morning ...

Time for toast and coffee now Enjoy your day everyone.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 09:03


Forgot to post on here yesterday - thought it was strange that I wasn't getting any Forkers notifications.

The flooding looks dreadful Pat - glad you and yours are not affected.

Fairy - has anyone claimed the bra the stag was wearing? It's quite pink isn't it - mine are all boring white, black and nude. We had a very enjoyable holiday in a cottage in Applecross some years ago. It was during the rutting season. The stags still come down to the village - and having a pair of them bellowing outside your bedroom window is a shock to the system.

Lovely day here but I'm a bit sore after another full days digging. Will find few indoor tasks this morning & perhaps some lighter outdoor ones this afternoon.

Enjoy Sunday

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 19:03

Plants don't really have a gender in my garden. They're either bu$$ers or beauties depending on whether or not they're giving me grief at the time

Another digging day today - back, arm and hand all aching now - might have to give it a rest tomorrow. At least all the old beds are now mulched and the new bed has been dug over once and lots of flints, bricks and great clods of yellow clay removed. Half the new bed has had compost dug in - but I've run out so need to get hold of some more - quite a lot more judging by the lack of worms

M-U - thanks for asking about Harry. He's a bit up and down, but seems happy enough most of the time - enjoying lots of fuss and gourmet cat food

Chicken satay for tea - yummmmeee - but not very good for us. Got to die of something... Which reminds me - it's G&T time

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Posted: 01/04/2017 at 08:55

Morning - white rabbits and all that

What were you all doing at 1am? Enjoying sweet dreams? or reading a good book? maybe a late movie? I was clearing up cat vomit - good old Dr beckmanns to the rescue. Needless to say I was in the wide awake club for a bit after that.

Nice day at the moment. Still trying to think of a little 'jest' for OH for when he gets home.

Planting multiple viburnums to look like one big shrub?

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 16:37

This particular shrub is sold by some companies as a hedging plant so I guess you could plant them closely together.

However, I agree with Obx that it would probably be a mistake to put 3 or 4 Vib Tinus in that spot.

I've not grown Eve Price so I don't know how large or how fast it grows - but it sounds as though you know the plant well.

If you know that a single Eve Price would eventually fill the space I would plant one and nurture it.

If you know that 2 Eve Price would probably fill the space better and more completely you should go for that option. The Vib Tinuses (variety unknown) inherited in both my last 2 gardens responded really well to being cut hard back. If you do plant 2 and they become a bit big for the space they probably won't mind a hard prune each spring to keep them a bit smaller.

In the meantime - if you need some additional screening now - you could consider putting in a couple of garden obelisks with clematis growing through them. This would give an instant sense of height and separation. The clematis won't be evergreen but you would have the structure of the obelisks year round. You may need to dig the clematis out in a few years time. The obelisks can be moved elsewhere in the garden when you no longer need them.

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Privacy & border

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 11:37

Bamboo will be fine in containers Tracey - there is only a risk of it becoming invasive if you plant it directly into the ground. As WilDB says it does want a big container.

Don't forget that if there is a particular part of your garden you want to screen you can use other tricks such as tall shrubs / free standing trellis / arbours etc around the bits you want to screen - the screening doesn't necessarily have to be just along the boundary. 

Depends how big your garden is and how you use it

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Resurrected Ten

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 11:30

Apparently the the film "The Madness of King George III" had to be renamed "The Madness of King George" because it was thought that American audiences would wonder why they couldn't find films or parts I and II.....

Morning chatty people

Privacy & border

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 11:12

I would never recommend planting bamboo in the ground in case it became invasive - but if you can put some in nice big pots that might be one plant to consider - quite a few different types if you want some variety.

Perhaps an apple tree on a dwarfing rootstock? 

Viburnum bodnantense "Dawn" can also make a nice tall shrub with a good vertical growth and very limited spread. It needs to be in the ground though. It's a bit of a dull plant in the summer but is covered in lovely sweet scented flowers in winter and early spring.

Others will come up with some more suggestions

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 19:36

Quick pop in before I get on with dinner

Best wishes to Lily P and her family - awful not being able to just be there. Hope baby makes a full & speedy recovery. Sorry also to hear Yvie's news - haven't heard of anyone having scarlet fever for yonks - best wishes to you and them as well.

Poor Wonky - very disappointing on the greenhouse front and a PITA with the car. At least the person responsible had the decency to stop - hope it's not too inconvenient for her. Has she looked at Freecycle and other free 'recycling' sites to see if anybody else wants rid of a greenhouse or perhaps a cold frame?

Mary Berry recipe calling now - SYL.

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 19:11

Evening all - been in the garden all afternoon and a fair amount of the evening - gorgeous out there - lots of spring blossom and very warm.

However, I'm going to be so boring and say we really could do with a couple of days of heavy rain. Had to waste best part of 2 hours just watering new plantings / pots etc. Hate watering

You've all been very busy since I left you at lunch time - new thread started and 4 pages filled already

Welcome to the mad house Amberspy - you'll get nothing done if you spend all day gabbing with this lot

Raking nails down soap before gardening works a treat - but I usually forget. Wear gloves these days so less important but I always have holes in the thumbs so I usually end up with mucky thumb nails.

Lopsided pits Dove. I know your pain - had the same problem many years ago when I had a frozen shoulder. Couldn't bear the thought of OH doing it for me. At least it was winter!

Time for dinner - variation of Mary Berry's Penang Chicken I think.

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