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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 17:44

It's been pretty good here today. 

I think KEF is bit drunk. How else can her behaviour be explained?   

Picked up cheap Tiarella today.  Don't know why it was in the bargain basement cos it is a large healthy specimen in a 3 litre pot.  Leaves bit discoloured but, actually, I like the look.   Of course I looked at the plant disappointingly and expressed doubts about it surviving  So the guy slapped a £2 ticket on it.  Tee hee hee    It will be absolutely stunning in spring and early summer 

 

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 09:32

I think you are right about hard digging Georgina.  Heavy machinery often causes a lot of problems.......soil can be over compacted ESP when damp.  Digging helps you to see your soil, what may be buried there and slows you down enough to understand your plot.  Digging can actually be enjoyable ESP if you take your time. 

I hope I was missed?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 09:26

Hiya Bill.

Its nice your son is home with you.  I guess you just take every day as it comes to the max. 

Weather sounds horrendous there Bill.  Here in "sunny" Cornwall we escape most of the extremes of weather.  

Best wishes

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 09:15

Hello FORKERS.

Yes, sunny here too.  Quiet.  Won't last all day though 

Best not to mention the cricket ...........

Might venture into the GC this morn.......may be a bargain or two.  I offen wander around down there and ask if there are any other bargains "at back". 

Funny local tale.  Someone got stuck on his lawn using his new lawn spike shoes.  Wish I was,there with my camera for camera corner.  

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 19:26

Oh, ok bob.  Makes sense now ......silly me 

Honeysuckle 'Serotina'

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 13:52

I think a pot is too small.  This honeysuckle needs plenty of root run, food and moisture.  I think it would struggle to flower.  

Raised beds

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 10:01

Just to add Weyplotter, I'm a no dig gardener.  I now simply add compost or manure in autumn and "scratch" it in during the early spring.  The goodness is retained in the top levels of soil just where crops need it.  So, its the first year of proper digging and trenching in compost followed by annual top dressings.  Best way I think.  And the soil looks good too 

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 09:55

Just to agree with Bob.  I regularly cut back a particularly attractive cordyline.  It's to keep it compact......let it grow to 10 ' then back to base to let it start over again.  You can choose to,have one stem again, by rubbing out all other shoots, or allow a chosen number to grow.   Oops, as bob has already said.

Just wonder why your palm broke like that.  Is the stem rotten!  Is the compost very wet?  A wet cold compost is bad news for anything but ESP a palm.  Can you plant it out In the garden?  

 

Xmas jokes

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 09:48

KEF 

When is father Christmas coming?   Present ly.    Hey!  These are originals 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 09:39

Stacey, that was no bird.......it was ME 

Someone mention chocolate oranges? Lily, I can try and answer that question if you like.  Just line up as many as you like, different flavours though please 

Quiet sort of day here....the odd shower though.  

Think I'll have some more toast whilst I consider lots of hard work to do ......soon

 

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