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Posted: 20/11/2013 at 18:34

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 18:32

Glad you are feeling little,better Matty

Nice joke Sir Woody 

Cold windy day today but still a way above freezing comditions elsewhere I guess  Temps of 5 rising to 8 -10 tomorrow.  

Leaves are dropping off dogwoods now to reveal those nice red "sticks".  They will provide nice backdrop and variation for the hellebores later.  Mahonia charity flowering now, camellia and rhodo, etc buds a plenty and signs of daff growth. Wallflowers amd stocks threatening to flower.   Who said winter is dull? 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 18:30

Glad you are feeling little,better Matty

Nice joke Sir Woody 

Cold windy day today but still a way above freezing comditions elsewhere I guess 

Leaves are dropping off dogwoods now to reveal those nice red "sticks".  They will provide nice backdrop and variation for the hellebores later.  Mahonia charity flowering now, camellia and rhodo, etc buds a plenty and signs of daff growth. Wallflowers amd stocks threatening to flower.   Who said winter is dull? 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 08:22

Hello Forkers

Wet here this morning.  Windy.  Bit chillier.  But.........I'm sure sun will pop out and temps rise ro 20 by lunchtime 

Keep nice and warm today folks 

New borders

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 00:22

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 00:21

Hiya lyn

I know where you are coming  from but if you are buying a bare root plant it's not a big jump to buy a fully grown version.  It's about time.  I want it to perform this year not in two,years' time.  As I said I still have the satisfaction of seeing my own seedlings grow too and a couple of those have been quite lovely.  buying three plugs of the same variety when one full sized flowering plant costs the same....well. For me it's a no-brainer.

I have propagated and begged my full share of plants,over the years but now want quality.  No matter what the size, huge thought goes Imto every plant I grow.  

I do envy those who propagate by gathering seed (I'm a cuttings man) because I simply have no such long term confidence.  Here and now for me.  I will get one more hellebore soon for flowering in feb or march 2014...why wait for a plug or bare root to show the odd flower possibly in 2016?

Garden planting

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 23:41

There are replies on another similar thread Brendo....check it out 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 23:27

Hiya lily

Will you promise to be quiet then? And bring cakes?  Cream, choc,? 

grasses

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 23:21

Dannyboy

Go for hakonechloa aureola ...loves heavy soil.  Lovely deciduous yellow grass with hints of red and orange.  Classy beautiful for front of borders.  Deschampsia too thrives in heavy soil.....lovely billowing airy flowers all summer.  Miscanthus varieties too for height and late flowers.  Carex....not strictly grasses.....like testacea are evergreen.  Bowles golden grass, millium Aureum, is stunning.  Yellow stems, leaves and flowers and good in partial shade and heavy soil.  Acorus Ogon is another evergreen grass like plant. I find elymus magellanicus, a very blue grass, copes with some shade if it gets sun too. Uncinia, uncinia rubra is evergreen foxy red "grass" and Imperata red baron may do  well there.....it's a blood red grass looking fabulous from mid summer.  ophiopogon is a black grass worth checking out. Molinias will do well there and have many varieties to chose from

For variety mix in some Japanese painted ferns like Ursulas Red.......blue grey fronds with red veins and stems.  Add couple of heucheras too.  Superb.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 22:57

Oooooooo.   My names featured loads tonight.  Just checked in 

I notice  cakes been mentioned a few times so that's pretty good 

So there's an invasion of my garden is there?  Hey, it's not so big folks.  Got loads of plants but would love a bigger garden 

At the foodbank I was the tea boy.  Always resisted saying I "don't do menial" but was ganged up on.  Busy tho...as always

Ordered new iPad .....prob though my lovely little niece  will commandeer it at some stage. 

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