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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 08:59

Have happy birthday woody   I've got one this year too 

Well,again, the morning looks good. Sunny and fine but I guess it won't last. Plants in GH and conservatory need watering.  It's always a difficult judgement watering over winter.  Just enough to keep plants ticking over.

Got the first parcel of the year on its way today.....tracking it already.  New nursery but it has a feel good factor for me and if plants are good I will order again. 

Theres talk of a rhubarb shortage......I had masses last year and already lots of new growth.  

Foodbank calling later.  It's been a year now so I might look for new volunteering challenge.   Been a Samaritan, victim support volunteer and did a stint with CAB.  All eye openers and important in their way.  What about a charity for Verdun's plants?  

Taking my dog in a mo..in the  sunshine.

Have good day everyone

 

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:48

Hello Hostafan, yes I have grown hordeum from seed and, yes, they do grow amd flower very quickly amd all,summer long.  Lovely grown as a group of 3 or 5.  Simply beautiful.

Salino, don't know that american grass.  Will check it out.  

I must admit to dividing miscanthus every 3 years or so.  keeps them vigorous, compact and easily controlled.  

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:40

Chicky, I sowed seeds of bishops children few years ago.  Well worth it.  All have the Bishop's dark foliage to some degree.  Flowers of shades of red and orange. Kept from year to year.

The national collection of dahlias is not far from me.  Well worth a visit 

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:35

Like it Berghill.....like it a lot.  Perfect setting for snowdrops.  

Any basic tips?  Feeding regime? Regular division?  

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:34

Hiya nut.  Arundinacea is one I don't like.  It has nice orangey foliage I guess but, for me. It has no other quality.  Spreads too much and looks messy 

I have new shoots on miscanthus but when I cut down I ensure these are safe.  

Oh, I'll be watching out for seedlings of hordeum jubatum to pot up.  This is a beautiful grass with a kaleidoscope of subtle foliage colours in summer.  

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:24

Agree gardengirl, Christine Walkden is a very knowledgeable gardener.  She had a show on tv a few years ago.  Toby Buckland too is excellent.  

There were some good gardening progs on channel 4 or 5 couple of years back where gardens were reclaimed etc.  can't remember who the gardeners were or the title of the progs.  Can't even remember who I am or what I'm doing here...

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:12

If you scratch the soil surface snowdrops' foliage may be seen.....DON'T DO THIS THOUGH.  Some of mine are through and flowering and others just trying to peep through.  They will come in their own time.

Philippa, the garden centres will have them now or soon in flower or about to flower.  Perfect for planting out now.  Best, economically, is to buy them "in the green" in 50's or 100's from online suppliers just after flowering.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:05

Lily.....but I can't eat ALL those......today 

Nice story Dove.  

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:01

Always best to wait until spring before cutting any grasses back.  However I cut some in autumn...deschampsias, for example.  I still have miscamthus looking good but will  cut in next couple of weeks.   Calamagrostis Karl Foerster and Overdam not long cut back.  

I would NEVER burn grasses.  Ever.

Hackonechloa I recently hand brushed to leave clean bases.  Carex of all types are tough so cut any time.   Stipas I cut down in very early spring but with gigantea I am aware of new shoots that will make my flowering stems in the summer. Elymus magellanicus should be cut back in spring but I do this in autumn.  I prefer cutting back to combing out because a nice clean base is left.  Imperata is cut back during winter for me but best in spring.  Pennisetums left till spring too.  Panicums ditto.  Festucas in their second year I always dig up and divide in late winter.  

 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:34

Nice having good friends like that dove.  

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