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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 07:41

Morning folks 

after yesterday's storm it is blue sky and looking good. 

Good luck today hosta. 

Had a feeling Danny Willett would win last night.  Another win for the Brits 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 07:19

Folks.....this referendum has nothing to do with political parties.  

It is about control of our borders, our finances and our independence.  Focus on these and the vote to leave is an obvious one 

Brown Conifers

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:32

See comment 2 above 

My plant of the month......

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:12

Tetley, a good candidate for plant of the month indeed.  Friend of mine has one .....will cadge a cutting tomorrow  but where can I put it??? 

Bulbs in gravel

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 18:12

Tee hee hee 

Feeding lilley of the valley

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:59

Fishy, they can sulk for a very long time, may establish rapidly or disappear. not sure they need feeding but a good moist soil with some protection from summer sun seems to be best. 

Lily of the valley suddenly grew everywhere for me.....familiarity breeds contempt and mostly now I have it controlled to limited areas ....very limited areas 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:52

This is a political thread Jinxy 

whichever way the UK goes everyone ought to try to understand what it all means.  A few more weeks and it will all be history but this is one of the very rare occasions when every vote is important.  It will mostly come down to the instinct/gut feeling of every person thus putting our (equally unqualified) politicians in their place.  


Talkback: How to prune spring-flowering plants

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:45

now or earlier 

Doreen, if you want the flowers then prune alternate branches but, for me, this is a foliage shrub and the best foliage is achieved by hard pruning annually.  Dont leave it much later as you will simply check the growth of new shoots.  

I also pinch out leading shoots twice or more during the summer.  This makes a noticeable difference to foliage colour and density of bush  

Maintaining a hebe

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:39

Ah!  Sparkles that helps 

i would lightly prune it back to a more compact shape cutting every stem to keep leaves on them.   This will make it bush out.   Now is a good time.  

Maintaining a hebe

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:35

Hiya Sparkles.

a couple of things.......when you tidied up did you cut it a little bit harder at the back?  And is the back in relative shade?...i.e. Does it get much sunlight?

these hebes are best grown in 2 ways....pruned every year.  And pruned to a mounded shape so that light and moisture can get to bottom of the shrub.  At least its how I grow the dwarf varieties. 

most often than not hebes do not respond well to hard pruning....they can but usually regular annual pruning is good 

take cuttings though in mid spring.  

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