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Need Detailed instruction on how to lift and divide Iris Sibirica

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:41

Do you use it after you've done the loaf Ladybird?    

After flowering is the usual time for Iris, as the plant is 'resting' and building up for the following year, although you may not get so many flowers. In some cases it'll rejuvenate them more though. 

I move and divide plants at almost any time, other than winter,  but your own conditions sometimes dictate. We get a lot of rain even in summer, so that helps. Generally, you can move most things if the ground is suitable and they're not going to get dried out. If it's a big plant or shrub, they're best done in autumn when dormant, but you can lessen the stress by cutting the plant back, especially if it's an evergreen. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:31

You're rigth about the water GD. The stuff straight from a stream is probably far cleaner than most of the stuff people have to consume in cities! 

Like your photos Bob. Nice shot of Schiehallion. I never see anything when I'm up it. Certainly didn't last May...and this was after it cleared up and I was back at the car...

I think the only problem with doing links is, that it's less immediate, if that makes sense. 

Can you post some of your bird ones on here? I think everyone would love to see those. They're stunning  

Fab, as always Sheps. Funny how we dislike things like flies, but insects of any kind are fascinating when you see them close up. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:21

DD - as the others have said - you'll have these days, but I promise you they will get fewer and further between.  Every so often, when I feel vulnerable, I remind myself of the reality of my ex's behaviour. That soon gets me focused. You've done the hardest bit. Everyone here will help to keep your spirits up when you're down. You've no idea how much they helped me - without even knowing it.    Love to you both x  

Fat of any kind on meat...  

What shape

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:06

Yes, but the plant will grow! 

What type of clematis have you got? Even the alpinas cover a fair bit of space. If you put something small in place, you'll only have to put a bigger one in in a year or two. They also get quite heavy, so a flimsy support isn't worthwhile.   


Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:04

Water scarecrow is the only thing that works here. Brilliant.

I've tried every r***y so called solution. Nothing else is any use. 

 I bought a cheap one and it's fine. Best 20 quid I've ever spent. 

What shape

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 17:55

Trellis or a really good support of wires, especially if it's one of the bigger types. 

Ideally, you want to train horizontally as well as vertically to get  maximum flower power  

Also - don't plant too close to your wall. It's harder for them to get enough moisture there. 

Last edited: 19 September 2016 17:57:51

Thoughts on the forum software

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 17:53

Judy - initially, when the forum update happened, the mods had a couple of threads where we could post with any issues or problems we were having. I think those threads have disappeared a bit, so if you have any queries, it's best to contact the mods by PM.

Or - just do what you've already done here, and start a thread. Usually there's someone floating about here who can help. 

Re the photos -  I have the facility on my laptop (windows photo editor)  to resize pix. I can do them individually, which would be a nightmare, or can choose to do them small, med, or large, and do the whole lot at one go. That's what I do. Large brings them all down to around 1MB or less. I can also get an option with the pixel size by using the 'view' option in the toolbar. You might have something like that depending on what you use. Hope that's of some use to you. 

Climbing across my fence

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 12:52

I'd stick with clematis and roses then pokhim. Pick the clematis carefully though as they need plenty of moisture, and some suffer in too sunny a site as the colours bleach very quickly. You can also use things like Pyracantha if you want some evergreen coverage. Thorny though, so it depends on what effect you want as well. 

Hydrangea wouldn't do very well there. I don't think they look right on fences anyway, but that's just my view.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 12:47

Glad you've made some progress Pat. Knowing you have their attention is a bit of a comfort to go on with  

There was a poor bit of continuity on the recent TV version of War and Peace too - bridle on James Norton's horse changed within a few seconds in one bit. Quite an obvious mistake, but I think if a drama's good enough, most viewers can overlook it. 

Glad the aches and pains are a bit easier today Hosta. 

Lovely photo BL - but I bet you weren't thinking that at the time...

Thoughts on the forum software

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 12:38

Judy - in theory, pix can be up to 5MB, but at the moment, nothing over about 2.5 MB will upload. I'll clarify that by saying I haven't checked in the last few days. Most of mine are at least four or five or more. I automatically resize everything as a matter of course now,  until the mods update us with more info. 

The email notifiaction has never worked particularly well so I don't use it at all. 

The quote function has been changed in the update, but it seems a bit hit and miss. 

You can contact the mods directly by private message if you need further help or info. Daniel Haynes or NoraW.  

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