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Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:37

I am, of course, aware of those quoted (and, indeed others.)  Perhaps I should really have said 'democratically elected female leader', which I'm sure you all really knew was implied.

Last edited: 12 November 2016 22:38:05

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:14

Yes, Tetley, the way that all of these 'outspoken' politicians change their tune when they actually are in a position of power is always entertaining (and will always be so, I hope.)  I was rather hoping that having a female leader of the US (as well as the UK and Germany) would lead to some long-overdue changes of direction and thinking but it seems we'll have to wait a while yet for that to happen.  Unfortunately, I don't think I'll live long enough to see a female leader in any of the 'non-western' countries, something I find quite worrying to be perfectly honest.

Plant grown from satsuma pip-help!

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 16:00

They don't like much water in winter.  I give my citrus none unless the top inch of compost is completely dry.  I would re-pot it in spring when you see new leaves sprouting using a mixture of ericaceous and multi-purpose compost.  Best watered with rainwater.  They appreciate being put outside during the summer.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 15:55

Cleared the greenhouse and poly tunnel of tomato plants before they start going mouldy, cut down a few dozen dahlias ready for shredding and weeded a bed ready for tulip planting tomorrow.  Got cold and wet!


Posted: 12/11/2016 at 15:48

Can you take a close-up photo Sally?  Being able to see the anthers etc may help with ID.

Bare Root Roses

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 19:16

That really means waterlogged ground (ie ground with poor drainage which will be soaking wet for weeks.)  If your soil is just wet from recent rain and you know there isn't going to puddles there for weeks, then go ahead and plant them Ree.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 19:06

Bit late but I managed to finish the trellis last Sunday which replaces the privet hedge I had removed:

Note the bags of 'good stuff' waiting to be added to the raised bed below, which will be planted with various shrubs and perennials which I've had for a year but are being overwintered while the soil settles and the worms do their work.  Also have a c. montana which will be planted at the far end and run along the trellis.

New Veg patch

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:53

Yes, put down a good layer (minimum 2 inches) of well-rotted manure and leave the worms to do their work over the winter.  I don't cover mine but if the manure has weed seeds in it, covering might help reduce the number of weeds you get in the spring.

Poorly looking clematis

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:41

Agree with Richard but you should remove the ends of the stems if they are obviously dead next spring.  In late February, start at the very tip and follow down the stem until you see a healthy looking pair of buds and cut just above those.  Young group 2 clematis can also be cut back to the lowest pair of buds, especially if the stems are very weak and spindley like you often get on the ones sold in supermarkets etc.  This will encourage them to grow new stems from below ground level which will give you better plants in the long run.

Moving a small Japanese acer

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:25

Also avoid an east-facing situation if you can.  The early morning sun they get in such a position warms frozen buds or foliage too quickly and does them no good at all.

Last edited: 09 November 2016 18:25:49

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