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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:14

Sounds excellent Stscey.  Pennisetum villosum ...may be your very "fluffy" sort ..flowers soon and for ages then.  Love this one 

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:10

Hello Winniecat, another from Cornwall. I think the guys in England doubt we get so much sun and little rain 

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:06

Don't think so Julie ......

Is it montbretia, the orange sort, or did you buy it as crocosmia?  Has it ever flowered?  If so what colour?

It will prob flower soon

It all grows everywhere but waterlogged sites.  

 

Heuchera - What variety is it and advice on looking after it

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:00

Morning rosiecupcakes.....love that name 

Heucheras will be fine in the shade of trees and shrubs.  The yellow varieties especially,

I know many grow Heucheras all together but I,think it creates monotony.  Also encourages vine weevils....they will have a field day there.  For me Heucheras mixed with other (different shaped) perennials (grasses too)  look so much better.

Re your raised bed.......if you have heavy soil then go for it but if you have reasonable drainage don't bother. Raised beds bring their own problems.........over fast drainage and pests like ants,  wood lice and slugs.  Better to concentrate on improving your soil 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:49

Beaus mum, if suspicious or concerned don't respond to this pm and domt give out your details 

 

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:46

Not got half an acre let alone an acre like Smokin has but his post is exactly how I clear ground.  Cleared large areas on a friend's 6 acre plot.  It had brambles, ivy, nettles, bindweed, Coltsfoot , plus varieties of planted mint, comfrey etc  etc. (I actually removed large Leylandii,,sycamores and the like by hand ...where I got the strength  from I don't  know ....but the swearing, cursing and threats helped )

There is nothing like physically digging over land ...if you can.  Weedkillers are far more effective when the foliage is hacked back first.  

Yes, a regular bonfire on site and persistence.  I found a heavy duty lawn mower with blades set high very effective too.  Hacking back tall woody stuff first, raking back, adding to bon fire pile and usIng the mower.  Very, very satisfying to see the clearing ground 

So far an orchard, a veg plot, an ornamental garden, a greenhouse, pond, arches, seats, patio, shrubbery, etc have replaced the wilderness.  To come is the "quarry", an area that is huge, overgrown but totally sheltered from all winds.  Frost possibly a prob but I don't think so as the site overlooks St. Michael's Mount and the bay.  Exciting possibilities. 

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:22

KEF, could we have a picture of beans amd courgettes coming out of your ears? 

(always eaten runner beans raw but yesterday someone complained my beans made her sick.  She said we are not supposed to eat them raw...?  .  It seemed she and her son had quite a feast of raw beans.  Anybody experienced such a reaction to raw beans?  I don't spray, use chemicals ...or even slug pellets ...on veg plot.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:12

Morning everone

Sorry about your  sons roof Dove.  He's had difficult year hasn't he?  

Well......not much of a storm that I can see overnight.  Right now it's fairly bright, calm and very little evidence of too much rain.  

I have used the ignore button today to avoid commenting on posts that have been splitting the forum lately. Not ignoring anybody jjust the threads 

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 23:24

Hiya smokin

On the contrary, fruit amd veg is doing really well for me.   Very little rain, lots of hot sun and growth ...with most everything ......is bountiful.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:05

Woody you may well like carex comans bronze too. Likes it dry.  Mound that slightly cascades and another unique (foxy brown) colour

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