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Posted: Today at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat. Sounds like you had a good day and a lovely walk. Hope you'll let us see the pine cone drawings  

BL - very sad outing for you. I've found that to be the worst of all the recent vile events. I know that may sound strange, but if you just think about it - the circumstances. Nothing is sacred. 

Off to the hills soon, dropping daughter at work on the way. A later start than normal, but there's no public transport to get to where we work. I'll miss all the commuter traffic so it's all fine. 

Looking good for the weather and it seems like it's to be wet here anyway. I'd be decorating too if I stayed here   The garden can wait till tomorrow  when I have no car.

Glad you had a nice picnic Dove. 

Better go and make shapes...or something.  I'm not really 'down with the kids' am I? 

I will catch up with you all later. Have a good day everyone. 

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: Today at 07:54

Clematis are hardy, unless you have severe weather conditions like obelixx has in winter, ie minus 20 for long spells. Here in Britain, wind and wet is more of an issue. Wind causes damage to big plants if they're not secured, but that doesn't mean they'll die - they'll just need pruned and re tied. Severe wet is an issue for any small plant, but again, unless you've put them somewhere really unsuitable, and have provided adequate drainage, it won't cause an issue. If you plant them correctly, nice and deep, it encourages new shoots from below ground. You can cover with a good mulch of compost if you're worried about severe frosts over winter, but I've certainly never lost a clematis to weather and I'm not living in the south.

Incidentally, this myth about feet in the shade and heads in the sun is just that. A myth. Clematis require light, not always sun. Many don't thrive in full sun and are happiest in some shade to give their best colour for instance. If they needed lots of sun I wouldn't have any of them flowering! 


Posted: Yesterday at 21:11

Evening all. Is everyone still outside? 

I've been busy outside and my hands are weary sawing and putting the gate together. Back is sore too so I'm off to watch that Garden Rescue programme now, and then off to bed.

Walking tomorrow up Glenshee way as the weather's favourable.

Topbird - if you're looking in - there was a programme on last night and tonight, 7pm BBC2 with Cameron McNeish. The Scottish National trail, which goes from Yetholm to Cape Wrath, via Perthshire. I didn't realise it was on till it was nearly finished, but it's on iPlayer. I recorded the one tonight but it doesn't seem to be available on catch up. The bit I saw looked good though  

Enjoy the rest of your evening,  anyone who looks in  

what to do with Rabbit and Guinea pig wood chippings and Hay ?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:45

Apparently only male urine works though AuntyRach. I don't think I can go and ask a neighbour if he wants to pee in my compost bin though....  

what to do with Rabbit and Guinea pig wood chippings and Hay ?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:33

I find it doesn't rot down as quickly as some other stuff, but I don't see it as an issue because it creates some air pockets which is beneficial, especially on clay soil.

It doesn't affect plants in my experience - I planted loads into ground that had manure from where I work. The shavings were largely still there, even though the manure was well rotted. Everything grew like mad!  

Sweetpeas grown from seed

Posted: Yesterday at 19:59

Sweet peas should be outside, especially if you sowed them in early June. If they're individual seeds in a small pot, you can put them into a biggish pot together - I use around 6 to 8 plants in a 14 or 15inch pot. You can then put tall canes in for them to grow up, tying in with string to help them along, or winding the string round and up the canes to give a basic frame. Alternatively, put them in the ground with a suitable support  - you can still use canes in a tripod there too. If they're not very strong, that might not be the best idea though. Slugs love them.

They need good rich soil,  and some depth for their roots. As time goes on you can feed them too, or put some of that slow release food into the bigger pot when you plant them. 

Mine look like this just now - they're about three feet or so. You can't really see the pot, but it's an 18 inch one with about ten or twelve plants. 


This pot is about 14 inches, and has around 8 plants

overfed plants

Posted: Yesterday at 19:36

Marcys-  if the plants were small, which you said in your opening post, you could probably carefully remove them, rinse the soil from the roots and repot them in some fresh compost. Then just let them get on with it, repotting into a slightly bigger pots as they outgrow the one they're in.  

Worth a try if you don't have too many to do! 

Is horse Manure Killing our plants ?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:26

Hi Scott - if there's a decent amount of soil above the manure, your plants might well  be ok. It does depend what you've got in there, as the roots may not get down far enough for it to cause a huge problem. If the only damage you have is some holes, that's not the manure.

As Verdun says, probably best to leave them alone...and cross your fingers  

The alternative is removing everything, cleaning them up and replanting with manure free soil and compost. Bridge too far 

Sweetpeas grown from seed

Posted: Yesterday at 19:16

They should be two or three feet high by now and producing flowers. If they've been in those same pots for a while, they won't really be getting enough sustenance either, unless the pots are more than 3 or 4 inch ones.

Did you sow them very late? 

Philippa's right though - trellis isn't ideal without something else a bit finer for them to twine round. 

Camera Talk

Posted: Yesterday at 16:17

Didn't you find the pot of gold then Lesley?   

I think the dark foliage adds a little extra to the composition too. Lovely contrasts.

The little robin was back this afternoon while I was working. He's discovered how to use the feeder. They're not daft are they? 

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