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Skimmia Japonica Rubella

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:37

Hi Verdi  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:37

Glad all has gone well Hosta. Best wishes for a speedy recovery - I'll have you up here on holiday and up a hill if you don't watch out  

Can you bring back spring from the shop please Dove? 

Rotten day here. Just as well I'm at work.

Topbird - I forgot to message you to say that they're repeating Paul Murton's second series of his Grand Tour of Scotland every evening this week - BBC2 at half seven. The first one isn't so exciting so you haven't missed much  

Skimmia Japonica Rubella

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:30

I'd agree - you can really prune them anytime. You might lose the flowers/berries but the shrub will  spring back and probably benefit from a haircut  

small wildlife pond but not much wildlife?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:28

Is there access for them daisy? If it's 60 cm deep they can't get in and out easily. Getting  a few logs, bricks or even a piece of timber will help, but I think it's better to dig out a bigger area which has different levels and a sloping 'beach' for creatures to get in there and use the water. Birds will drink and bathe in the shallows, frogs can get in and lay spawn and insects can also get a suitable depth of water for egg laying    

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:17

Tie it in to your trellis where you want it to cover gaps, with new growth it's soft enough to weave in an out. If you have more room beside your trellis, you can add wires to attach it to. I've done that in the past - even along a lowish fence. I simply wove the new growth up and down and along the wires so that the fence was covered. Montanas will easily cover a 50 foot length of fence or more. 

The flowers appear on older growth, so the bigger the framework of branches, the more flowers you'll get. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:08

Oh I know they will Joyce - I've had building work done in every house I've been in, and it doesn't faze me, but it's a few years since the last lot and I've got used to normality!  The grass was only sown last summer so they'll be warned not to keep crossing it - or else....

Once the side fence is down it will be better ...she said hopefully  

Warm and hazy sounds good archie. Chilly here with the wind.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:54

We regularly have a roast Clari - but not at weekends. Girls aren't here usually, and if I'm walking I'm often late home, so we do it during the week on  a night when we're all here. The girls enjoy it and older fairylet can do the whole thing herself - sometimes does it when they're at their dad's during holidays  

Haven't caught up with everyone's doings so I'll have a read back. Have we heard any news of Hosta yet?  

obelixx  - know what you mena about the mess - especially sanding plaster.  I'm about to embark on a couple of months of it now as the builders start on Thursday with my extension. I'm already p****d off at where they've put the barrow and cement mixer etc. and the fact that they took them across the grass instead of using the path.  I should be used to it but I hate the thought of it. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:45

Mine were sown two weeks ago in pots and put in the growhouse. They aren't through yet but I wouldn't expect that as we've had fairly cold temps. 

I rarely even do that as I usually sow direct in late April -  they grow away  just as quick. 

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:39

Group 2s don't need much pruning - generally a little tidy up after the first flush of flowers and you should get another flush again in late summer.

If it's a montana, you don't need to prune at all unless it's outgrowing it's space. You can prune to suit, but bear in mind that if you prune it right back it will take a while to come back to a decent size and you'll lose a flowering period along the way. They're 'designed'[ to be big and sprawling to cover arbours, sheds, pergolas etc, as opposed to growing up against a fence or wall, or an obelisk.

If the flowers are quite small it's more likely to be a montana. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 16:05

Looks like hellebore argutifolius (corsican hellebore) Sparkles. Did it have greeny flowers or were they too faded by the time you saw them?

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