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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:12

We had garden peas, French beans, new potatoes, broad beans and the first 6 runner beans with our marinaded chicken tonight!

And, on the way to the empty the compost bucket there was a sweet little glow worm shining bright green, in the growing darkness.

How to restrict the spread of a climber?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 17:11

That is Parthenocissus tricuspidata or Boston Ivy. I have it on my old farmhouse in France and I prefer it to the true Virginia Creeper which gets everywhere. It has a neater habit. But, I'm afraid, the only way I know to keep it under control is to prune it. I cut it every year at least 1 metre from the edges and from the roof. And more than that on the tall bit of the house, which means you don't have to go so far up the ladder! I have to admit that last year I got a young chap to come and do it, had to pay him but it didn't take him very long.  I don't know if a weedkiller like glyphosate would work.

Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 16:47

This is what the RHS has to say on pruning established clematis in Group 1, which includes Montana.

  • Trim overlong branches and prune back dead or winter-damaged shoots to a pair of healthy buds
  • Vigorous clematis, such as C. montana, can be simply sheared over after flowering to keep them tidy
  • Old congested plants can be thinned but it is usually easier to renovate
  • To renovate, cut all stems back almost to the base, just after flowering. Apply a general fertiliser, mulch and water in dry spells. Response is generally good. Leave at least three years before pruning hard again

 

You will find you don't have the flowers next year, but it may solve your problem. Montana is usually quite tough. I would have thought it would survive a prune now even though it's late. There is time for it to make some new growth by autumn. You could leave the stems you want as a framework and shorten them.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 16:40

KEF, if you mean the pink fluffy one on the right under the leaf, it's Spirea Douglasii, quite a vigorous shrub, spreads by suckers.

What did you do when your brain was in gear to make your pictures enlarge?

Lovely pics, everyone. Love the colour of little-ann's blue clematis in the middle.

Long, narrow border ideas

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 09:31

Here is mine, think it's Munstead, but may be Hidcote.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27742.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 09:24

Morning all. I haven't just got up - been busy.

Blackest, thank you for the explanation, I won't look at those kitchens anymore.

I now get notifications, all at once, once a day.

Going out to do some weeding. Thunderstorms forecast this afternoon.

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 09:42

At least it's not deer. They strip a rose at one sitting!

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 09:34

Deer eat my roses, I dug some up and put them in pots on the kitchen terrace. These ones were almost dead, but were making a good recovery then the wretched deer came right up on the terrace and ate all the leaves. He did leave a dropping though!

When uploading photos it takes a bit of time so you have to be patient. I thought it didn't work at first.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27692.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27694.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

Is it blight

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 09:27

With blight, the leaves go black rather than yellow - like this:

http://webassets.rhs.org.uk/content/getattachment/fe8e0f0b-6b0e-4e18-a3af-af141eda9806/Potato-blight-secrets-revealed.aspx?width=510

 It could be just that they've finished, or that they lack water. But potatoes don't always produce flowers, especially if they are happy. Have you dug any up yet? They are probably ready to eat.

ORANGE PIP

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 09:23

Sorry, I don't think it can be an orange tree. This is what the leaves and flowers look like.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b0/OrangeBloss_wb.jpg/300px-OrangeBloss_wb.jpg

 

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