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Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:56

I find it strange that someone who started a thread several years ago and didn't get the answer he 'wants' as opposed to the answers he 'got', keeps on and on and on repeating the same stuff.

You won't get a different set of answers, no matter how often you try   

Best to find another forum to rant on perhaps....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:40

That was very good timing Dove. 'I love it when a plan comes together.....' 

Could have done with getting outside after work but we'd have been eating toast for dinner if I didn't go to the dreaded supermarche... 

Hate mobiles phones too, although there's a good reason for that.  I think using a cooker etc is far more useful obelixx, but maybe we're just dinosaurs!  My sister texted me today to  say I hadn't replied to the text she sent on Saturday. Tricky when you're half way along a glen and there's no signal. They just tend to disappear into the ether forever if you don't get them at the time. Don't think she believed me though  

BL - I can understand you feeling vulnerable. Is there somewhere you can go instead, if no one can come to you? 

What shape

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:30

If you want something freestanding, a gate would be ideal. You'd probably find  one on a local 'free' site or eBay etc. You'll have to attach it securely to posts concreted into the ground though.

It would look a bit odd unless you link it to the surroundings well enough. Among other shrubs or decent sized planting, would be my suggestion, or create a screen across the garden and put it in as a slightly open gate. 


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 08:12

Mark - I find it leaks a bit where the hose connector joins,  but a bit of plumber's tape helps. It certainly does the job  

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 08:09

Yes - move in autumn Judojub. You might need to prune back a bit to make it easier. 

The most common reason for them not flowering is pruning incorrectly, ie  chopping back too far and removing all the  flowering branches and stems. For mophead ones, you should only remove flowerheads as Ladybird says, and take out dead stems or weak spindly ones.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat when you appear  

I think it's about shape too Hosta. I work with someone who has real food issues. She can't get away from the  'I lost a pound last night at my class', and endlessly cutting food out completely and being obsessed with it. Her life revolves round it. Eating well and sensibly, and being realistic about it is important.

I like a tidy edge, verge, roadside, but I think it depends where you are. An urban location should always be tidier I think. Our roads are kept quite well, but I do all the kerb edging where my boundary meets the pavement. I hate seeing scruffy weeds on hard surfaces. Plenty of greenery elsewhere. I wish all householders would keep their immediate 'area' tidy. It raises the standard. 

Can't let something like compassion and humanity get in the way of a war, Joyce. What on earth are you thinking....

Vile indeed. 

Better go and get ready for t'mill. Have a good day everyone.

Supporting canes

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:31

Sorry Andrea - I think I've mixed you up with someone else who has Ruby Wedding. 

Let us know the varieties. It's fairly simple though 

Supporting canes

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:24

No pruning just now Andrea. Prune in late winter/early spring. I had a look and Ruby Wedding is a group 2, so doesn't normally need much pruning, but you can also treat it like a group 3 and prune it back to a good pair of buds when you see the plant coming to life again in spring. That will encourage it to bulk up a bit and send up more shoots. A general feed and a mulch at that point will give it a good start for the new season  

What shape

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:59

Winter jasmine is shrubby , Breathe - a prune is beneficial. It's different from the other types. Was it a bit root bound when you planted it? They're usually pretty straighforward, so there could be an underlying issue with it

Just make sure your clematis has some decent compost in the planting hole and is well watered in. A mulch helps prevent moisture loss too. It'll be a much bigger, sturdier plant next year. They all take a few years to get to full maturity.  

Supporting canes

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:48

How young are the plants Andrea? If they're small, it might have been better to pot them on and let them develop a bigger root system and plant out next year. 

However, if they're already in the ground, you can leave the canes on to direct the stems onto the supports. You need to untangle them and then train them in horizontally as well as vertically to encourage them to have a good spread of flowers. Pruning them correctly will also help you get the best from them as they mature. 

Don't apologise for asking questions - we've all had to do the same. 

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