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Help posting pictures ..?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:56

Some tablets and phones don't work very well on this site at the moment although they are working to make it more compatible I believe.  If you can install an alternative browser on your tablet, that would be worth a try.  I understand Chrome works for some folk.

Clematis Shimmer

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:52

It's a summer flowering type, known as a 'group 3'.  Clematis are hungry plants, so prepare a deep hole and incorporate a lot of organic matter such as well rotted manure and compost.  Plant it about 3-4 inches (10cm) lower than the pot it came in.

Cut it back every year in about February to the lowest pair of buds, or about 6 inches (15cm), whichever is lower.  Feed about once a month in spring and summer with a proprietry clematis food or a general fertliser.

Help posting pictures ..?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:37

What device are you using Georgina?

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:56

Lovely pics fg - love that mossy wall.

Raised flower bed

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:52

Looks great already!

Night Scented Stock

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:45

You might be onto something HH - I'll also try seedaholic as there are a couple of other things I want from there.  One problem with using modules is that they absolutely need to be planted out while still small.  If you let them grow too big in the modules (easy to do in the mad rush of spring!) they don't make very good plants later on.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:14

Lovely sunset last night:

Red sky at night.. Bah!  Raining all day!

Raised flower bed

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:30

As they are so tall, you could put a layer of broken-up polystyrene at the bottom so that less volume of soil etc would be needed and it will guarantee good drainage;  Very few plants will send roots down that far.  I'd agree with Verdun and use a mix of topsoil, garden compost and bagged well-rotted manure.  Bear in mind that topsoil is very heavy (approx. 1kg per litre when wet) so if you use only that, the raised beds will have to have been made very strong.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:18

They also seem to feed from the honeydew exuded by scale insects, worth checking for those too.  You'll have to pluck up the courage to get close to discover whatever it is they are doing though..

Did you see all those wasps on Monty's grapes?  They were like that on those plums I purposefully left on the tree for wildlife.

rotten horse manure advice

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 19:49

To use on other things, water it down until the liquid is the colour of weak tea otherwise it will be too strong.

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