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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:00

Oh for heaven's  sake - all these nice chicken dinners going on...

I've just had some cold chicken and salad. Couldn't be bothered doing anything else. I get bored of eating sometimes...

I had to re read your comment  about those young men and Hosta too...all these innuendos floating about...

Clari - I'd stay away if I was you!  

sweet peas

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:51

As fidget says, it's quite late, but mine went in at the end of May/early June as small plants. That's normal for here. It just means you'll have flowers in autumn. Every cloud...

I think plenty of food is necessary, given the amount of plants in a small space. That way, you have a better chance of getting some flowers.

If they're in a very sunny spot, you could also move them where they'll get a little bit more shade - especially in the middle of the day.   


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:39

M.Up - I laughed at that story - even though I know I shouldn't... 


My little youngster (robin) was at the feeder earlier - Dennis junior -  think it's a he, don't ask me why  He's starting to get a bit of colour on his chest. He's a sturdy looking chap  

sweet peas

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:33

I'd agree with Ladybird - far too many plants in your pot, which means a lot of competition for nutrients.

You really shouldn't need to water every day either - even in a pot, and even if it's been dry. Always check how damp the compost is before watering. If you stick your finger in and it's only the top inch or so that's dry, then they should be fine for another day or two. 

I think it could be a combination of things preventing flowering, but it's hard to be specific  


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:27

I think I'm safest with the broken arm...

Ooh - couldn't drive then...ehhh, the Batman suit...

Notice I'm avoiding the other bit.... 

Fidget - is that all? Lazy mare...

Know what you mean though. Glad I don't have to worry about any of that. I stop and start when I want, and as often as I want  


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:57

Oh - your post wasn't there when I said I'd have all of it M.Up... I was referring to the food, not the 'other' things you mentioned...  

Flowers / buds turning brown before even opening

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:54

Think your clematis is more likely to be too dry Hefty. It seems very near the wall and that means it will get less water anyway. It doesn't look like a very mature plant either which won't help if it's under any stress. You'll also need a proper structure for it to climb on - trellis, or wires securely attached to the wall in a grid. 

I'd tidy it up - remove all the dead stuff, cut it back to a pair of buds, and give it a good watering. It should perk up, unless there are other issues nearby that aren't obvious from the photo  

Buddleia from the flames

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:49

In a word - yes. I'd move it now. 

Water it well. Might be best to cut it back though - it'll be less stressed, and it will also help it to stay upright if it's windy!  

They're shallow rooted and tend to suffer from wind rock. More in winter weather certainly, but a newly transplanted one could also get uprooted a bit.  Depends how small it is of course.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:45

That'll do me M.Up - all of it   

What will everyone else have though? ...   

I think so many of those A&E stories must be fantastic. Biting your tongue and keeping a straight face must be very tricky! Didn't someone write a book recently about their experiences?

I ache all over. Would have been easier doing a couple of hills today  

Hot shower perhaps. Came in just in time - raining now. That'll give the gravel a little wash  

Moving mature plants

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:38

You've nothing to lose - so it's always worth doing.

I've moved plants at all sorts of 'wrong' times and never lost one. Taking time to prepare the new hole and then plenty of aftercare is a must. I know it seems brutal to cut it back, but it will struggle otherwise. Make sure to put it somewhere out of the sun and that will also help it's recovery.

Good luck! 

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