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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 06:36

Welcome home Dove, hello Pat, morning all. Alarm went off too soon.

We are going to visit OH's SIL who has had to go into a home since her OH died, near Aylesbury.

Enjoyed Bressingham yesterday, despite the rather chilly windy weather, which must have put people off. Their event wasn't very full, meant we could have the tea without having booked. Then went to Wyevale GC next door. Gosh it's expensive! Didn't buy anything.

Last edited: 11 September 2017 06:39:41

I want to train my Wisteria as free standing

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 18:42

Obelixx is right. Yours is quite young if it's only 8 - 9 foot.

You needed this sentence "Allow the plant’s leader to grow unchecked until it reaches the top of the support and then remove the tip in the following February" - except in February you remove the tip to the height you want it to be. Why do you want to cut it close to the graft? You will end up with a lop sided dwarf. Don't you want a main trunk eventually?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 18:34

The sunny morning didn't last, there have been really heavy showers. My washing is wet, but that is trivial. We went to look at a bit of Suffolk but had to take shelter several times.

I don't mind Helen Dillon, she is enthusiastic and had a beautiful garden. Monty seemed star struck, reminded me of Nigel, quite cute really. Monty's garden was looking quite colourful in places. I expect it looks better in real life. I do like a bit of lawn around flower beds though, sets them off.

I missed the bit about Bressingham as my son rang, but I can watch it on CatchUp and anyway it's only about 15mins down the road from our cottage, have been several times. Going again tomorrow.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 08:42

Morning Joyce and Fairy and those to come.

Sun is shining. About to take tea up to bed for me and OH.

I want to train my Wisteria as free standing

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 08:38

Did you look at the link above that Obelixx sent? Advice from the RHS, I've copied and pasted it:-

Training as standards

Standard wisterias can be grown either as specimens in a border, or in a large pot.  

Start with a young, single-stemmed plant, and insert a 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) stout support next to it when you plant into the ground or container. This will be used to create the main stem of the ‘lollipop’ If planting in a pot, John Innes No 3 potting compost is a good choice of compost. Make sure the wisteria is planted to the same depth as it was in its pot from the nursery, spreading out the roots and loosening the root ball before planting. Choose a cheap container that is only slightly larger than the plant needs, potting it on gradually as it grows to fill its final display container Train the stem vertically up the support (this is usually stronger than twining) Allow the plant’s leader to grow unchecked until it reaches the top of the support and then remove the tip in the following February to encourage the formation of sideshoots Prune the sideshoots the following winter, shortening them to 15-30cm (6in-1ft) and repeat this process each winter to gradually build up a head Weak or misplaced growth can be cut out entirely, as can older branches if the head becomes too dense in later years As the head develops, prune in August as well. Cut off above the seventh leaf any shoots that are not needed to extend the head The following February cut back these shoots to 2.5cm (1in) of their bases, just as you would routinely prune a wall-trained plant.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 18:04

Lovely chateau photos, Obelix. I've been to Chenonceau, beautiful gardens, and Amboise but only seen Azay le Rideau in passing, looked romantic.

We've just been to Norwich via the park and ride. Took the hassle out of driving in the city and parking. Walked to the river and explored bits we hadn't been to before. When we arrived back at our cottage there was a huge downpour with hail, had to sit in the car for a bit.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 09:16

Morning all.

Do you mean the weather Hosta? Cool and cloudy in both places. Left France 17°, arrived at Stanstead 19°. Here it's flat, Dordogne is hilly. Different architecture. More people around here, but they are friendlier.

Will have to see if I can find a pic of William's trousers now.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 22:20

Good evening from Norfolk. Plane left an hour late, we stopped at Sainburys on the way and now we are full of salmon and asparagus and watching with horror the damage by the hurricane. We are so lucky living where we do.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 06/09/2017 at 19:56

Thank you Fairy and Joyce. We'll be flying, only 6 hours door to door. Don't need luggage, have all we need in the cottage.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 06/09/2017 at 18:22

I'm off to sunny Norfolk tomorrow, can't wait, no sunbathing, we'll go for walks, see friends, look round gardens, maybe go to the sea and walk on the beach, drink proper beer in pubs and see my sister who is coming to stay a couple of days, maybe see Dove and Topbird too.

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