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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 19:19

This thread is getting paranoid.  It's sister...."morning FORKERS" getting all the attention so I'm restoring the balance and cheering up the evening one!

So....good evening FORKERS.

Hope you all had a good day.  Did painting today....sanding,.preparation and painting. Still did another area of blue linum and Yellow Voltage osteospermums early this morning. Oh, and a couple of veronicastrums went in

Been dry warm but not a lot of sun....good for painting!  

was going to have a nice healthy salad but decided instead to go for fish n chips.  I'll have a healthy eating day tomorrow!

Have nice evening folks

Pruning a Photinia

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 19:10

You can cut back hard photinias.  For appearance sake....for now....cut back selected lanky stems hard and leave others unpruned.  In a few weeks do the same with the other branches when cut ones have new leaves

Pale green/ yellow ornamental privet

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 19:05

Sounds like you have ligustrum Aureum.....the lovely,yellow,privet.  I grow it and love it.  They are doing what they are supposed to do....don't you like the yellow foliage?  Mine are now butter yellow.  Are they in the ground or in pots?  Don't go watering too much

Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 18:56

Jess, I would,pot up with fresh compost.

Hackonechloa needs moisture but they will grow in full sun.  I have several clumps in the ground and in pots in sun and shade.  I think they look sensational in large pots.  They are slow initially then pick up to become quite vigorous.  They love moisture and to give them a spurt water them well occasionally.

They don't need special soil but not free draining.  I think the problem is ??ou have given them conditions they simply don't like, viz., too dry

Associate hackonochloa with blue flowers......verbena rigida, salvia patens....or with purple Heucheras.  (I do both) 

So. Patience jess.  Water them and wait

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 18:42

Always,do the Chelsea chop.  There are some plants you don't do it to....lupins, delphiniums, etc.  the summer flowering things I cut back....the,Chelsea chop??? mid summer.  Things like argyranthemums and occasionally on cosmos where flowering may be less than its peak.  A trim back and they flower again profusely to the autumn.

If sedums are cut back now the flowers should be just as big.  I've experimented a bit with sedums and even had flowers on a very late cut back. This late cut produces fuller foliage but fewer flowers so now is good time


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 09:07

That sounds exciting busy lizzie.   

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 09:05

Yes....but those annuals look so gaudy and in your face suitable only for parks and for window boxes........................................(stir stir stir.......)

Hosta flowering - shall I or shan't I?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 09:01

Oh you are a fastidious, fussy, fanciful, fickle,  follyfull-flippant fairy...Fairygirl.  Surely you can use your wand to improve the colour of your lilac...wishy washy ..... Flowers!  ......ha ha



Posted: 20/05/2013 at 08:48

Hiya blackest

Domt think spacings are tooooooo important.  I guess I do it by spontaneous judgement......sounds rather grand, doesn't it?......probably by hand span, finger to thumb.  They have enough room to thicken out but close enough to knit together.

Digging a vegetable Plot

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 08:44


Turn it over again....this time try and "trench" your sods of grass into the soil.  It's not  hard to do.  Dig short trench and bury your sods of grass, face down.  Continue until all your "debris" is buried and your soil is clean.  Obviously, do not bury perennial weeds....remove those.

No, you havent messed up your soil structure and the soil conditions  are better now for working on.

If you can, when you have levelled your soil, add some bags of compost to it and rake it into the surface

Its all a learning curve.  Next year you will have learned by this year's experience

Have fun

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