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First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 13:11

All looking good Bob.   Exciting time of year ....something new every day now 

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 13:07

Thanks bob.  Will go for that 


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:55

Plant them up into pots now pnk peony.  Keep in greenhouse if you can or cover with cloche or fleece.  

I would pot up in small pots.......just enough to hold roots ......and I keep dry for a week or two.  When it starts to warm up a little water sparingly.  I would pot on again when roots fill the pots.  You can then plant out in late spring or I would do and keep them in their pots summer late summer. 

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 09:07

Every spring a generous application of fish blood and bone around my rhubarb and a good mulch of compost ensures delicious crop for me.  Never forced any but Dove's picture has persuaded me to do so next year.  

Love raw rhubarb too.  

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 08:56

For me, giving cash is most effective way for me to help generally. Will keep posted here for details etc how amd when to do that.  

On a Personal I said cuttings or divisions of plants to those on the forum or to those known by the them.  

Its a major logistical problem there it seems.......some big lateral thinking needed because this flooding will happen again and again.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 08:35

Hello FORKERS.  First this morning since 8 30. 

Hope your snuffles disappear very quickly dove and you can celebrate next week

Very quiet weather today ...bit cloudy though.

Hung up a bright blue shirt next to some daffodils for bit of contrast   Blue iris flowering near some daffs......doesnt always work out like that.

Weathermen suggest high pressure on Wednesday for "at least a day or two.". 

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 23:43

Lots of blackbirds here.  Love their song.  They sIng for me and take my fruit.  


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 20:49

Hiya Avril

Well, this is the home of,the cordyline....Cornwall.  They grow everywhere down here

At 4 to 6' they aren't too tall to move.  Dig a generous circle around the plant .....40 cm from the trunk all round.....and 60 cm deep. Push the spade under the rootball and gently lift.  It should separate well from the soil as a compact unit.  I always haveeThe recipient hold prepared beforehand but don't use too much compost, manure etc.

Crdylines can be cut back hard and they will sprout with multiple shoots.  I think keeping just 3 well spaced shoots makes a nice plant

the vernon geranium company

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 20:38

I think it's the first time ordering from them but they are a famous group.  Should receive my order soon so I will let you know.  They specialise in pinks amd carnations.  Their heritage pInks look sensational so I am hopeful

Something to replace connifers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 19:40

I have dug out a,lot of conifers.......some big but not huge I guess.  Removed one that was maybe 30' for a friend few years back.  Fun n games....remember scampering up a ladder half in the tree amd half on the ladder to cut top part of the conifer.  by leaving a bare trunk of say 6' you can lever and dig and finally move it.  Once it starts to rock you are winning.  

Amanda, what do you mean by "huge"?  How tall?  What type.....Leylandii?

Always best to remove the stumps whilst the ground is clear.


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