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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 10:24

Lovely blues. My camera isn't very good at blue.

Those chaps must be mad! My idea of hell, no good at heights.

programmes to watch

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 10:21

I liked Liar and Bake-off. I wanted to watch Trust Me but missed it. If it's still available I'll watch it on Catch Up. Was it any good?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 09:24

PS. So glad Chicky's father is doing OK.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 09:23

Morning all.

When I lived in England it was in the South, Surrey then Kent. I found people were friendly and we had lovely neighbors. Now I live in France and people are friendly on the surface if you speak to them but I have found it almost impossible to make real friends, apart from one but she moved up to Brittany when her husband retired. My friends in France are English.

Been busy so not had time to post. Went to Aylesbury on Monday. Saw OH's SIL, 2nd wife of the lovely man who was married to OH,s late sister. We went to his funeral at the end of July and his family have decided that she can't look after herself so she is in a home. So sad, she was happily living in a nice house with the man she loved and now he is gone and she in in a care home. She is very forgetful, though, now that she is 84.

My sister and her OH are coming to stay tomorrow for a couple of days. They haven't seen our cottage in Norfolk yet.

We are going to visit an NGS garden this afternoon, but rain is forecast.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 07:58

Lovely, mrbadkins (why are you bad?). Raindrops look pretty on flowers.

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.

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