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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 19:49

Making the headlines Stacey.

Made the local press recently myself. And in our local shop.  Nice to be famous ...or infamous...occasionally.  It was nothing really......

Evenimg FORKERS. Have taken on board the advice amd simcere comments about my avatar.  Not something to rush Imto lightly 


Posted: 02/10/2013 at 19:41

Just a few bulbs.....mainly allium,purple sensation and some daffs. ,got loads,in pots.....always separating them after flowerimg.

Mrsgarden I can recommend nepeta for dry border. Brilliant colour,that surpasses lavender for,colour and length of flowering.

Punkdoc, lucifer is great if managed.  For me it's best as clumps about 60 cm dia.   At that size they still flower well. There are some nice new varieties .....African series....that are less vigorous.  Along with Phormiums crocosmias seem to be left to their own devices generally and look worse for wear because of if.  Both are improved by regular division


Posted: 02/10/2013 at 14:07

Hi punkdoc.  My thinkIng too to dig up plants not liked or fail to earn their keep.  (did that with a girlfriend once ...ha ha ). I grow and keep oly plants I enjoy and them to,tamdmnd associate them.

Stacey....wise words from that taxi guy. Life is about attitude .... My dad used to say if you smile everyone in town is smiling.  Scowl and everyone is scowling. 

Ooo.  Gotta go. Visitors arrived after,my food 

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:54

Curiousity made me look at this thread.   Thought it might involve politics or similar.  

Well, it's different.  Looks like fun   


Posted: 02/10/2013 at 08:45

Hey!  I'm confused.  How did you to manage to get that photo of me?  

You are a cheeky lot 

Wet again, so far, but think we will have it dry today.  Very warm.

Very little gardening done lately or today.  Nothing is changing much out there so,just enjoying all the colour and "verdant" foliage 

Oh, good morning everybody

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 00:09

Yep, now I've discovered smileys I'm hooked on them.  What picture would you suggest busy?  I can take it 

Been quite a philosophical day nephew arrived and we touched on death of his mum, my sis, when he was 12.  Not wanting to touch on each other's emotions too much we scouted around without actually " touching base".....!!  We are so close,,share the same emotions, etc yet remain "safe".   And a deep conversation at the foodbank too to make me still consider it. 

Wow! Where did that come from?  

Cotinus Coggyria grown as a standard

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:35

I grow cotinus as a dense purple dome...I prune hard every year and then pinch out lead shoots two or three times during the summer. I like it that way. Thick, dense and deep colour

However, Annesandra, if you want a standard go for it but it wont be straightforward.  It needs to be single stemmed so you select a single shoot low down to form the "trunk" removing all other buds until you reach height you want.   Then you allow it to shoot as it does selecting evenly spaced strong ones.  It will look odd though for first year.

A naturally stooled cotinus looks best tho, in my opinion

shrivelling honeysuckle flowers

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:20

I think dryness may be the reason.  Honeysuckles, generally, require good moisture 

  The grub is prob red herring

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:16

Stephanie, can you retrieve the ad or website offering the planters?  Blairs has a good point so you need to find out just how the planters were described.  If they are for outdoor use you have a good case.

Must admit I like the clean look of silver zinc planters or silver galvanised ones.  Perfect for blue grasses or tender pennisetum rubrum. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:05

Ok, ok.  Got the message. ,

I really do forget folks. 



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