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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 05:56

Hi Pat -  been awake since 5 so I thought I'd just get up and have  a cuppa  

I'm assuming they're just little garden spiders of some kind. Lovely aren't they?  

I think those flu jabs can knock you sideways.I've heard several people say the same. Take it easy.

We've had a lot of rain too and it's to be wet all day. It started yesterday afternoon and didn't stop till about 10 pm. Came back on through the night and hasn't stopped. I've slightly missed it - it's been strange not having our usual rainfall!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 22:03

Love that Liri 

I used to have  a Hebe near the back door in  the garden round the corner. Daughter was fascinated by the huge quantity of tiny spiderlings that appeared when you touched the plant - all radiating out from the centre like ripples from a pebble in water 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 21:52

Lovely Liri. I've  had my eye on that one as well. 

Protecting young plants from rabits

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 21:47

In my experience they eat holly regularly! I've had several 'well pruned' holly trees in previous gardens and where I work they mainly resemble standards rather than nicely shaped shrubs. 

Good things come to those who wait and wait and wait

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 18:24

Just a little tip B'footG - they need plenty of sun onto the rhizomes through summer, so you might be better clearing away a lot of the planting round them to let the sun in at them. That'll help them to build up for next year. The rhizomes should be just above soil level too. A bit of extra food in spring next year to encourage flowering and you'll be away.

Good luck with getting a flower 

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 18:17

Or maybe swear at it now and again - and point at the compost bin in a threatening manner....

It might have been slug/snail damage to a stem, but I wouldn't be too concerned about that. As Obelixx says, let it have a bit of time and take a view on it in a month or so.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 18:13

I've got a couple of little 'spots' suitable for his Lordship, T'bird - I'm sure he'll be very  happy  

I'm not  a fan of pelargoniums at all - but I don't really do bedding plants etc either. It's the colour and the velvety petals.....

I can see me bringing them into the house and just keeping them there. He's outside getting used to the Scottish climate at the moment (although he should be ok with that, given his name  ) but I've just moved him under the table as the sky is a lovely shade of black....

I got the clems from Thorncroft. Beautifully packaged and fine sized plants  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:36
Hostafan1 says:

I remember a stink being kicked up a few years back because Elton John was reported to have spent £15,000 on cut flowers in a year. So what, as you say, he earned it legally by making a product folk spent their money on. And I'm sure the florist, delivery driver,  wholesaler, grower et al were delighted to have his custom.

See original post

 Couldn't agree with you more on that one Hosta. I'm slightly biased when it comes to old Elt, but he's probably put every bit as much back into 'the system'  as he's ever had from it, and not just financially either. He's worked his butt off earning it. Bless his little spangly socks 

Are you enjoying the new job Clari? 

I'm feeling very idle. Should really go and do something other than making soup and footering on here.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:31

I don't think there's too much wrong with it in that photo to be honest!

There's a few damaged looking leaves on the right which could be from a broken stem, or a bit of general water/weather damage. I'd just take those off.  Now that you've cut it back, it should improve. I still think it had put on a lot of growth quickly, and then the rootball was struggling to support all of that, hence a bit of pale foliage, and the limp looking stuff in the earlier photos. That quick, early growth would have been a bit vulnerable to any colder weather - fluctuating temps are always a bit tricky with soft new growth on any plant.

It might need a bit of extra food in the next month or two - potted plants are always a bit awkward interms of the right balance of food and water. It'll use up nutrients quite quickly as it's a fast grower too, but don't over coddle it either - that'll make it a softer plant. Make sure it has enough support - you might need to get a tripod of canes and string/wire or something similar in the pot for it to cling on to. I'd pot it into a bigger pot again during the summer if it starts to fill that one. Just check the bottom to see what the root system is like in a month or so and keep an eye on it. 

Keep us updated anyway.

WEIRD Creature!!

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:58

You should be able to tempt some in then Gary 

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