Latest posts by Topbird

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 12:59

I'd prune as Bob says - but I might only reduce it by half. I've killed rosemary with bad or over enthusiastic pruning

Rosemary grows on poor thin soils but I think they need a bit of sustenance if they're in a pot. You could  repot it to replace the compost (make sure you incorporate plenty of grit or such like for drainage) or top dress it with new compost and slow release fertilizer pellets.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 12:47


Lovely day here - although that easterly wind has an edge to it. Will get outside for another couple of hours after lunch.

Kitty - I rarely have a bonfire but, when I do it's very late in the afternoon when everyone is packing up for the evening. Very thoughtless to do it in the middle of the first decent day for ages. Feel a bit the same about other people's BBQ's Pansy.

Not much to report here other than OH came home last night - so today he is unpacking and cleaning the camper van. Always good to see a bloke with a duster in his hand

This weekend I need to make a final decision on which clematis to go for - I need at least 3 - maybe 4 -but there are sooo many to choose from

SGL - I've 'spoken' to DD this morning - she's ok and sends her best wishes to everyone.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 12:51:30

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:09

G&T, chilli con carne, Gardeners World, Only Connect and last night's Pottery Throw Down - enjoying Friday night

More tidying and mulching done - back is aching a bit now but I'm showered and clean and the fire is lit so time to relax.

I could right fancy chicken and leek pie though....

Last edited: 24 March 2017 19:10:01

hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:48

I like Geraneum Phaeum 'Margaret Wilson'.

It has smallish leaved grey / green / cream foliage and pale lilac flowers (late May).

The foliage helps to light up darker areas. so adds interest even when not in flower.

I also use a lot of G. Cantabrigiensis 'Biokovo' (see Nut's post)  as ground cover. A really tough little plant which seems to grow in most spots. Very pretty, delicate palest pink flower.

Last edited: 24 March 2017 14:50:24

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:54

You're right Obx - I could have a go at making some but I'm not sure how good they would be

Maybe I could have a furtle around in the garage and see if we've got some old wood which I could use to make a small one as a trial first. If that looks ok I might invest in some wood and have a go. Geoff Hamilton always made it look easy didn't he?

Thanks for the link

The roses I bought included a new DA - Roald Dahl. Ticked a lot of boxes off my checklist but the thing that swung it was the description of 'Almost thornless'.

Try telling my poor thumb that... 

Snazzing up the front of a house

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:22

If the driveway is only just wide enough for a car to drive along it I don't see how you would be able to put in any beds, large tubs or troughs next to the house for planting into!

If you could persuade the owners to widen the drive into the grassed area by 1 to 1.5m that would give more room next to the house for the tubs suggested by LB. If you're getting a mini digger in to remove turf and top soil to make more driveway, you could also dig out a few planting holes next to the house to plant climbers etc

The other solution might be to make beds in the grass and plant some large shrubs so it breaks up the view of the house from a distance. But, without knowing the layout of the garden, I don't know whether that would be feasible or worth doing.

Last edited: 24 March 2017 13:25:43

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 11:45

Morning all

Hope everybody is sorting out their various problems - health, money and glass wise.

Delivery of 9 shrubs & roses for the new border yesterday. A couple more to get plus a few clematis - and then I can start to think about underplanting / perennials. Credit card is groaning. Fortunately I have quite a few perennial divisions / grown from seed in the nursery bed so I may have to make do with those for this season.

Was also going to treat myself to some nice obelisks for structure and plant support - but I may have to make do with hazel poles for the moment. Special birthday and wedding anniversary coming up later in the year - maybe I could ask for them then.

OH has just said he's going to make his way home tonight - hurrah - but that means I need to have a whizz round with the duster and vac - boo. I can be a bit of a slob when he's away. 

Should still be able to get outside for 2 or 3 hours this afternoon - and it feels much nicer than yesterday

Beth Chatto Garden Festival

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 21:30

I'm supposed to be on the first day of my jollies on 22nd.

However, we have poorly puss cat and I want to be around to look after him - so I'm not sure if I'll be able to go away. If I'm staying at home I'd love to join you.

It's a garden the E Anglian Forkers were going to visit 18mths ago - but we were (torrentially) rained off. It would be lovely to go in spring.

Solomon's Seal

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 21:17

I'm beginning to think I have a 'special' place in my garden where Solomon's Seals go to die.

Second time I've tried it there and absolutely no signs of life ATM. Mind you there are only a couple of Hosta buds in the same area - so maybe I should not give up all hope just yet.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 14:04

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