Latest posts by Fairygirl


Posted: 09/04/2016 at 10:11

They need decent night time temperatures or they'll just stall rosemummy. If they're still small plants, I'd follow Ceres' advice for a while yet, especially if you intend growing them outdoors eventually and not in a greenhouse. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 09:57

Morning all/ afties Pat - love the skink pic 

You sound much better Wonks. Cheeky swan...and a dunker as well...what's the world coming to....

Weather forecast right up to last night was better for tomorrow than today, so made my decision to walk tomorrow instead. It's all changed overnight.   Trying to decide if it's worth heading off now. 

What a pain re the ticket David - especially after your heroic efforts. Mine stayed on my licence for four years I think. Is it £100 pounds now? 

Quick look round while I decide what to do. Have a good day everyone 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 08:06

A quick hello and goodbye. Hope those who couldn't sleep can get a catch up later. Wonder if Hosta slept any better 

You sound a bit better today Wonks. Hope you're on the mend too Panda. I quite like the oil of cloves taste 

I spent a very long time in old clothes sanding, plastering, painting etc with several houses so I know how demoralising it can be, until suddenly you're putting furniture back in and putting pictures on the walls and all the grafting gets forgotten! Hope it all works out before the arrival Yvie, although a baby won't notice! 

Better go - have a grand day everyone 


Stopping squirrels

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 07:53

Chicken wire or netting over the containers at planting time is the only way to stop them. They'll tend to go for smaller bulbs, but don't usually dig deep enough for things like daffs which will be lower down. 

If you listen to the Archers ....

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:53

As long as you both support each other you'll get there MrJ. Those 'Chinese whispers' are always a problem. Glad you got that sorted. 

And you have that lovely bank vole to keep you enthralled 

Security/Wildlife Hedging

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:28

But just remember Sam - you're putting in a gate. The intruders will simply scale that. It's the weak point, so you'll have to make sure it's very secure, and you can only do that when you're on the inside of it. 

Poorly viburnum!

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 18:52

Are there any dogs/cats around - animals 'spraying' on shrubs can be a real nuisance. Urine cans cause damage to foliage. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:52

That sounds like you have a bit of hope now Lyn - at least you can get a bit of a break.

It's vital you get some respite too. Love to you all x 

Pinch out Clematis?

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:39

I've only ever pruned clematis at the time they need pruning. Some varieties when young can produce a lot of growth at the expense of flowers so you can cut some of that back during the growing season, but I've only done it on reasonably mature plants - ie a couple of years old. 

Young plants are largely making roots in the first couple of years, and planting deeper helps to encourage that Jinxy. Once they get to three years old or so, they're producing more growth in general. It does depend on variety though. Some plants get to a decent flowering size quicker than others, and your own soil conditions and management of the plant will also dictate that. Perennials are the same really - they don't generally reach full size for at least a couple of years from being in a small pot. 

Plug plants are a long way from being full sized clematis, that's why these offers are cheap. When you buy a clematis in a GC or  a nursery at £10/£12 or more, what you're paying for is the time that a nursery has spent on that plant, nurturing it from tiny beginnings to a full sized specimen ready to go.

Essentially - you're doing the nursery's work by potting on and looking after a small plant for 18 months or 2 years, till it's ready to cover a wall, obelisk or fence 


Clematis advice please

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:20

No need for tomato food Lorna  - their flowering season is now, and that's what tom food is for  

Prep the planting hole well as steve says, ie compost and B,F&B mixed in, and pop them in. A mulch after watering is beneficial.  They don't need much attention other than training new growth where you want it. They can be slow to start off with, but once they find their feet they romp away. 

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