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Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:40

Hi Ralph - the main problem with any climber is that they want to go up! You have to train the new growth horizontally, using wires or trellis for the stems to wind round, or be tied into. 

You may have to bite the bullet and prune it back when it's finished flowering, and then tie it in where you want it to be,  as new growth appears. 

I have an alpina clematis which is flowering just now. It covers a fair bit of trellis against the fence, but left to it's own devices, it would simply have done the same as yours, and the flowers would be on my neighbour's garage behind, instead of where I want them  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:30

Friggin' freezin' here. Normal service resumed for April   

I've potted on some little bits and bobs (indoors) but I've got the heating on now. 

We've had enough rain this week Clari - you're welcome  to it now  

Good luck with getting an interview. 

What's wrong with my Camellia?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:25

If it's in a pot, it probably needs to be in a bigger one - and with a soil based compost. It will have used up a lot of nutrition to produce a large amount of buds. 

Buds often drop if there's been a shortage of moisture in late summer the previous year, as that's when they form. 

You can use a foliar feed to help with the leaf discolouration. There are loads which are readily available and probably several  which are specifically suitable for Camellias. Epsom salts, diluted in water,  or a seaweed feed is also a useful tonic for foliage  

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 08:02

More lovely pix - I'm enjoying all of them.

Sorry for not answering the query about those little tulips in one of my pots.  They're certainly  one of the Griegii varieties. I didn't buy any of those though, and they look a bit yellowy in the bud, so I think it's one of the others and not RR. I'd labelled them simply as 'purple tulip', so it may have been some species ones I've got loose at the nursery that were in the wrong place. 

I did put them next to the plum Ronaldos because of the foliage 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat 

Been very damp overnight and looking a bit pants at the weekend for walking. Typically - the best weather is Monday when I'm at work  

Used to like Creme eggs but not now. Co-op does some nice little bars of choc - just the right size for  fairies to eat 

Did anyone see a prog last night about Franciscan monks in Bradford? Sounds weird, I know, but it was amazing. The wonderful side of the human race after all the sh**e we've been witnessing recently. 

I'll have a quick look round before I go - have a lovely day everyone, especially workers who have the holiday. 

What is this plant?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 20:06

I've never heard it called that Yvie - always something to learn  

Kirrie Dumplings

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 20:04

I've only ever called them drumstick primulas - but I'm in the west, so perhaps that's the reason!

What is this plant?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:44

It's an Erythronium,  Sandy. Lovely - and I've just been sent some little plants by a forum member 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:37

Brilliant Dove!  Bunch of chancers, aren't they!  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 18:46

I don't fancy his woolly drawers either Liri! I'm old enough to remember knitted swimsuits, although I don't think my mother inflicted them on us  

Nice try though BM 

They (squirrels) really are a beggaring nuisance. I think he's getting chased away from the peanut feeder as the blue and great tits seem to be monoplising that! They get quite shirty. Lovely to see them all stuffing their little beaky faces though  

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