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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:40

6 1" and 14 stone Hosta.when last checked.  Have a feeling I might have added 6 or 7 lbs over the winter.  

Town or Country

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:35

West Cornwall. 10 mins from beach....2 mins from towans.  Sheltered from strong sea winds.

A medium size walled gaden, sandy loam, sunny and warm.  Grow lots of tender stuff. Decent size front lawn and one at the back.  Veg and fruit and grow  wide range of ornamentals incl. salvias, cannas, agastaches, foliage and grasses. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:28

Yes Hosta.......storm tonight and tomorrow 

 but then looking good 

the amount of food I eat I should weigh a ton .  Not thin but  Pounds creeping up, as they always do over winter, but spring and summer salad and busyness usually correct it.

mild today with some mizzle 

Palm Tree Care

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:08

Skimmias would fit the bill Dave.  Or an Abelia....some lovely small varieties like Confettii and a lovely yellow foliage one (I have but temporarily amnesia has taken hold).  Ok, not evergreen but hamamellis...the witch hazels...are worth checking out.  Magical spider looking flowers with great scent in late winter.  Or Mahonia Soft Caress, or hydrangeas...white in shade is superb.  What about a hellebore?  Or two?  2' high with loads of late winter and spring flowers.  Or......I'll let others add their choices 

Gardening Book

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:00

Alex, you cant really best the Readers Digest for reference works.

for inspiration and for relaxation check out the Christopher Lloyd books..."The Well Tempered Gardener" , "The Adventurous Gardener" and others.  Good advice in a narrative style as only Mr Lloyd can do 

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 14:43

For foliage quality cut back very hard.  The flowers are nicer on this variety than others but this is a plant best grown for its foliage. 

vine weaval

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 14:41

too early for nematodes though Logan

your rhubarb is in a pot so I understand now why vine weevils attacked it.  In the ground it would likely have been safe.

you will need to wash out your roots and repot in clean...john innes..compost. 

Palm Tree Care

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 14:37

I remove the lower ones at the main trunk.  No harm will result and the tree looks better.  It enables closer access too 


Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:36

Snap doris....just about to say that.  I plant all my bulbs a few centimetres deeper now 

Plants resistant to slugs

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:33

Heucheras..foliage not flowers..., veronicas, geums, acteas, astilbes, brunneras, verbena bonariensis, aconitums,,astrantias, agastaches, cannas, veronicastrums, libertias, ferns, many grasses and sedges, gauras, all seem to be unattractive to slugs here. 

However, slugs will eat anything grown lushly.....plants grown hard with less fertilisers will be more slug resistant.

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