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Clematis not flowering

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 15:55

You ideally need a specialist clematis food or tomato food to encourage flowering Ian, but if you can offer more info about the type of clematis you have, that will help with pruning and feeding advice etc. 

If it's a spring/summer flowering variety, use slow release (like BF&Bone) as they start back into growth, with additional help from the other type once they form flower buds.They're hungry plants so they need a good supply of food so that give their best 


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 15:42

Afternoon lovely people - you've been very chatty! Short, low level walk for me today - not very thrilling and I could have done a hill as a lot of the snow has disappeared since last weekend. Never mind - always next week 

Glad you had a good one chicky. Lovely to hear mr chicky is doing so well. Let him crack on - you can catch up at your own pace  

I met a small group of oddly dressed people  on the way back  (camouflage gear - including their dogs!) asking me the way to Ben Vane. Should also have said to them they would be lucky to get to the top before it was dark. Oh well.... 

Bit of cake would do me nicely right now Dove - thanks 

What is that fishy feet thing about? There used to be one in the posh shopping centre not far from me. Not any more. Enough to give me the 'dry boak' as we say here   

T'bird - that sounds like lots of work but a nice outcome. We'll want pix of course 


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 08:07

Morning/afties all. Hope you're a little better Pat.

I can sympathise with you too DD - I had an infection a week before I was due to go to the dentist last year - swollen face and constant pain. Nothing would take it away. Not funny at all. 

No birds here yet chicky - too dark still! Glad the foot's a bit better. Not a great forecast for being up hills this weekend - all fog and clag - so I'm off to Arrochar to do the loop between Glen Loin and the other side of the Arrochar hills. Not my favourite kind of walk but don't want to get lazy.

Threading Hosta.... They sometimes do it here in odd places - like in shopping centres where everyone can walk by and gawp. Not for me! 

Best get going. Catch you all later. Have a good day whatever you're up to 


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:03

Morning/afties all. Sorry you're having such a tough time Pat. We're all thinking of you here and hoping things turn round soon.

Hideous day here - what I can see of it anyway. Weather warnings of flooding and all sorts.  Glad I don't have a dog to walk...

Enjoy the new floor Wonks -  can you enjoy a floor?   Hmm ...I did when I had a new floor all through the downstairs round the corner. Very sleek. Used to admire it...  

Have a good day everyone - stay dry, warm and safe 



Posted: 21/01/2016 at 20:03

I have several of the prostrate ones - mostly in shade with a bit of late sun in summer. They're great little plants. Neutral clay soil here and they are perfectly happy. We do get a lot of rain but that doesn't affect them either, as the bed is full of grit/compost/manure so the soil is nice and friable. 

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 19:57

Take your time LG. A blank canvas can be quite daunting - no matter how much you think you know exactly what you want to do. 

Sketches and plans, and some thought about what you want and need from your space. Decide on the colours and shapes you like and dislike, and then see what will work for the site, aspect and soil. Play about with ideas on paper and get the structural planting in first. It's early days yet with weather conditions, so you have plenty of time before you hit the GC or nursery  

I'd agree - you'll move stuff around no matter how definite you think you are! 


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:23

Only if I rob a  bank fidget...

Camera Corner

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:21

Steephill - those are astonishing photos - and astonishingly beautiful. Thanks for putting those on here. Better than any jewellery 

I often think we don't spend enough time looking closely at things in  nature. I've been more aware of it since I've been back walking, and I take a bit of time to look at 'stuff' closely. If the weather's favourable of course!


That's a lot of birds Steve 

Garden designing pitfalls

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:16

Ooh err missus 

Always a mistake involving a friend unless you really know what they can and can't do!

and always have a contract.....


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:13

Evening all - been a little absent but have caught up - I think...

I signed the petition Yvie. At the rate they're going, if they keep raising it, I'll be 90 when I get it...

Freezing fog last two days, now just bone chilling cold, damp here. Usual winter weather! If it could get above 2 degrees through the day it would be nice. I can dream...

Might as well blow your own trumpet BL   

I sew (mostly) for a living, but I sew at home too - curtains, cushions etc. Have to be in the mood though.

Hope the poorly folk are improving. Hard to get through the winter without catching something, but it doesn't help if there's an additional problem. I'm very lucky - don't seem to have any health issues at the moment...fingers crossed it continues. 

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