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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 08:16

It's a slime mould, as indicated earlier in the thread. Common at this time of year, but harmless. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 08:09

Morning all/afties Pat. No - don't be going out in that weather 

Forgot to mention Mr B had been on B'grove the other night Hosta. It was good - and I don't mean just him 

It's supposed to chuck it down here later, but I'm a bit sore from slab lifting and laying yesterday, so won't be doing anything much outdoors this morning.  A job that's needed doing for a while. Was outside till nearly 8pm, and there's still a few I need to move, but that's the bit along the front of the 'stension down. Gravel etc to put in the gaps, but I think that can wait for another day.

Glad you  had a lovely holiday Liri - look forward to the photos 

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 20:21

Hi Pru - what you could try is cutting back a little section of your montana just now, and the new growth it produces would give you some cutting material. 

Don't know if the stems would be totally suitable, but it's worth a try - it certainly wouldn't do any harm.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 16:17


Endless 'holding of horse/pony's heads' for vet'n'ry attention round the nether regions has possibly scarred me for life!      

Clematis cutting

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 16:09

Little clematis generally just need protection from the worst of the elements - heavy rain and wind, and severe frosts etc. A lot of the time you can just tuck them in against a house wall or similar, shielded reasonably from the rough stuff, and they'll be fine. 

I often stick cuttings or young plants among shrubs and other planting in the border, as it gives them plenty of protection over winter, and also from excessive heat - should we ever get that  

Winter flowers

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 16:05

As hogweed says, some shrubs are what you need to have winter interest, and they can provide some colour and interest all year round if you choose a few evergreens like the ones mentioned. If you can give us an idea of the size of your beds and the aspect etc, it'll really help with suggestions. 

Having said that, there are loads which will grow quite happily in most sites. 

Wrong time of year to tidy up tree?

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 16:00

They're generally just a 'shrubby' shape - if you know what I mean! 

You can remove branches and tidy it to keep a uniform shape, as and when you want really, but it's always a good idea to do fairly soon,  to allow new, soft growth to harden off nicely before cold weather arrives, even though they're tough shrubs. 

I think it's rather nice kept as a lollipop, and has obviously been pruned that way to give planting opportunities at the base. It's clearly quite happy being topiarised, so it's probably best to continue that anyway  


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 15:39

Just the norm here - but we get a lot of wind anyway so that's probably why I haven't really noticed!

What's a long, hot June? 

Joking aside  - perhaps worth getting some later flowering perennials into your borders, just in case it becomes an annual event. Asters, Heleniums etc. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 15:26

But presumably not this one Hosta....

Still dry here - hurrah! Think we've had enough rain now, although I believe there's more coming tomorrow. 

I don't really like mobiles either, but handy if the girls need to contact me, or vice versa. I'd happily not have one though. We tend to text rather than phone too. I don't understand the 'fashion' for having it permanently clamped to your hand - fair enough if you need it for your job, but other than that....put the damn thing down for a few hours eh? 

I have to agree that Mr Hardy could be a bit too over the top, so probably a bit miscast - stage actors do seem to find TV tricky!  It was a lovely programme though and brings back good memories. I've never watched the Yorkshire vet prog - there's only so many times you can watch vets with their arm up animals' rear ends...

Lobelia Crystal Palace Problems

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:04

Definitely a willowherb. Thousands of seed on one flower, ready to infiltrate....

They can also be perennial. Easy to pull out though. 

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