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Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 08:03

It's ok debs - pansy and I are world weary and cynical - and the 'new' poster has dredged up and old thread, around midnight, probably American (the word yard) and appeared out of nowhere, first post. He/she probably has an agenda, which is why we're taking the mickey out of them - not you  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 07:58

Morning all/ afties Pat if you're there - I haven't read back yet  

You can have some of our rain chicky - plenty to spare now.  I believe you're to get some later today Dove  

Salt mines in few mins so I'll read back before I go. 

Have a good day everyone 

Scented annuals please

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 07:55

You can put sweet peas in almost any container if you keep them well fed and watered. You don't have to stick with making a frame for them to climb on either. They'll go up ...then fall if there's no support. Like a waterfall effect. I grew some on my back fence last year which has a 'window box' along it. I've done it  the same way in big pots too  

Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 07:51

I'm just waiting for Greenbud thingy to trot out his/her advert for summat, pansy....

or have I become cynical....

I have a bath once a year whether I need it or not

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 21:03

T'bird - too many Snickers -  mean bigger knickers.....   

Young clematis

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:27

Not really Joanna - more will grow from below ground as the plant matures.  It's beneficial when planting clematis to plant a bit deeper than they are  in the pot. Different from most plants in that respect, but it encourages new growth from lower down, and it means that if a plant dies - or appears to die - in severe weather, it will often reappear in future. 

It looks quite a big plant, and it's often just a bit tricky to get them established readily as the roots haven't got quite enough oomph to support all that top growth quickly. Sometimes, if a plant is a bit dry when planted, the roots don't get out properly into the surrounding soil. They can be a bit pot bound with roots going round and round and not shifting outwards. Always make sure they're nice and moist when planted, and tease out the roots a bit when putting in the planting hole  

Is this Clemetis dead?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:00

Is there someone who could put a  bit of trellis up for you? That's ideal for them and you can tie stems in more easily. 

You can use free standing obelisks, but they're often a bit small for many climbers and you have to keep winding them round to keep them where you want them. 

If you push a screwdriver through the vine eyes, you can get the wire a bit tighter as it'll wind it round them a bit.  There are also tighteners/tensioners which you can attach to the wire for exactly that reason. I forget the name of them , but you can get  them in diy stores. 

Young clematis

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:55

No need to deadhead Joanna - in fact , many clematis have very attractive seedheads, but you'll find the petals will discolour and drop off by themselves usually. 

You can take off any stems where the foliage is brown - back to a pair of buds or a leaf joint. There's been a lot of cold, dry, frosty weather recently almost everywhere in the country, and any new soft growth on clematis can be affected by that. As the weather warms up, it'll come away again.

As you've just planted it, it may have made it a bit more vulnerable if the weather suddenly turned chilly, and it's trying to establish. If it was grown or kept undercover prior to that, that won't have helped.  

 Just make sure it doesn't dry out for now - a good mulch after watering will also help - but try and water when the weather is favourable (ie no frost forecast) if possible until it really gets going. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:42

Yes - how did you all guess? 

Cheeky b***ers  


There's a prog on tomorrow night T'bird - half seven BBC1 Scotland. Watching Ourselves - it has bits from The Munro Show. Muriel Gray (unfortunately) but the footage should be good. Weir's Way  - might be a bit dull , but you never know  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:11

Congratulations BL. Hope everyone continues to do well. 

Christmas will be getting pricey in your household....

Enjoy Niobe - one of my favourite plants, and about to flower. 

Guess what we're having for dinner Dove?  Youngest is treating me  

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