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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 16:45

Likewise Clari - I should be doing paperwork.... 

Afternoon peeps - busy morning in the office - now trying to catch up on jobs (again..)

Sorry to hear about your daughter RB but glad she's safe and well - events like those make you remember life is not a rehearsal don't they?

Must get on with something productive now - or perhaps after another cuppa 

Clematis armandii

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 16:39

Hi Redwing

Bit late to this discussion but I wondered what form of support you are planning to use for the clematis or other climbers?

Personally, I would be very wary of attaching any plants directly to the weatherboarding. Attaching plants of any real weight (and I include roses and clematis which are not cut hard back every year in that category) could cause damage to the boards. Similarly, anything which clings and twines (such as ivy) can creep under the bottom edge of the boards and grow behind them. The boards will be lifted as the branches swell with age.

I would strongly advocate that whatever climbers you decide upon - that you grow them up trellis mounted just in front of the weatherboarding. The trellis can be stained the same colour as the boarding if you don't want to see it and can be lifted away or folded down when you need to maintain the wall. You will probably need to restain the wall (I assume it's rough sawn wood) about every 5 to 7 years - and you will need free and easy access for that horrible job.

I had a similar expanse at my previous property (but 3 times the height).  I did, however,  have soil in front of it and was able to grow roses up a line of rose posts. Plenty of space between the posts to access the wall - but somehow it looked as though the bottom half of the wall was covered in roses. 

You could get a similar effect with FG's idea of a line of pots. I would go for an odd number of really big ones (pennies might come into the equation here though).

Lavender would certainly look good in your container as would some of the salvias and even some nice grasses.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:57

Morning all.

Special hello to Chicky & LillyP and families - hope all turns out ok for both of you.

Hello and welcome to Jacqui - always nice to see new faces 

Can't believe BL has cowslips already - my garden is still very much in hibernation mode - snowdrops, crocus, hellebores and some winter flowering shrubs - but nothing else. I'm sure it's all just around the corner though  Ordered a load of seeds yesterday for sowing when we come back from hols.

Bit of a lay in this morning - but it's Saturday, it's been sleeting and raining and there is only hwrk and bookwork to look forward to - so I think it's allowed.

Going to have a big cookup and make tagine and spagi bol for the freezer this morning and try to finish cleaning the house. Will probably watch GW in front of the fire with tea and cake this afternoon 

Have a good one folks!

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 10:33

Thanks for this code Tootles - I don't think the plant you've chosen will 'fit' in my garden at the moment but there will probably be some other things to tempt me.... 

Off for a little look-see now 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 18:01

Perki - I think I get my emails on a Thurs - oooh that's tomorrow 

Personal Profiles.

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 13:13

Biofreak - I have to agree with David K on this one.

'Hortico' has used this forum under a few different names and has often asked contributors to provide additional personal information. He has, in the past, suggested that members post photos of themselves, use their proper names and give more information generally about themselves. He has asked at least one member for their home address in a PM.

He has been reminded on a number of occasions that the majority of contributors are uncomfortable posting personal information on a website that can be viewed by anybody - anywhere in the world and yet he is asking for information again. Nothing sinister in this particular request - but why make it at all? 

Most people's postings give an indication of their experience - often by the details they either supply or (more often) omit when requesting help - or by a straight - "I'm a complete novice.."

It is certainly helpful to have a rough idea of geography / soil conditions etc when trying to help solve a member's problems but - to be honest I would find it more useful if it was contained in the posting - I don't usually bother to go back and look at the Personal Profile.

There is absolutely no need for any unpleasantness towards Hortico here - and I, for one, am more than happy to see him posting again - but he has to remember some lessons from his previous outings on the forum.

Personal Profiles.

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:49

You are quite right Frank - life is for enjoying - it's not a rehearsal. Good to hear you are still making the most of it! 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 11:15

Sorry Hosta - that should have read "side effect" - not "affect" 

Morning BL 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 11:01
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

oops, Have I shoved the cat among the pigeons? 

No - it's ok - he's fast asleep on the bed at the moment. 

Oh! - I see! - the metaphorical cat amongst the met.....

I'll get me coat..... 


Personal Profiles.

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 10:56
Palaisglide wrote (see)

..... plants back to life and give a long slow kiss of life to the next door gardening Lady when she faints from too much sun, not too often lately........


Frank - gardening sounds like a bit more fun round your way than it does round here -

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