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Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:34

Isn't it funny how we lust after native bluebells, yet those are every bit as beautiful, and so easy.

I'd like to sow loads of them in a little area somewhere suitable. Perhaps I'll do that in 2017 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:30

Thanks chicky - she's on the mend now  

Lovely pic of the view - nice to see blue skies. The ground looks very dry though, and those boots are very clean. I feel you need to head north for a proper outing....get some bog trotting done....

Should Mr C be up cleaning chimneys? He's not adopted a dodgy Cockney accent or anything, has he?  


Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:25

Glorious aren't they Dove?  So delicate, yet incredibly strong. Think that's what I love about them  

You wouldn't think they could withstand the vagaries of the climate, yet they do better than lots of fluffy, fancy, inbred plants!  No staking or mollycoddling. My kind of plant  

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Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:57

It's a tough job Dove, but someone has to do it. 

We haven't even eaten the Christmas puddings. We didn't have our dinner anyway as we were at A&E, but we had it the next day. She's not eaten much since, but she managed some bits and pieces yesterday. Her cake is very good! 

TCP T'bird...  The antibiotics are taking effect now, and she's swilled with salt water a few times. Her face was too sore for her to open her mouth properly. Looked like she'd been in the ring with Mike Tyson.  Kept her quiet anyway  

Glad you enjoyed the programmes. I watched the first one last night and will hopefully see the other one later.  Sunday's looking good so I'll get out then I think. Probably fairly local - Rest and be Thankful perhaps. I work with someone who cannot understand how stunning our beaches and seas are, not to mention all the other scenery. I've given up - she's never even been to Loch Lomond and she's lived in or near Glasgow all her life. 

Ppauper - she ain't been near any of those!   

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:44

Don't want to rain on your parade Newb, but to give your clematis the best chance of showing themselves off, it's wise to give them adequate room. Rouge Cardinal and Etoile Violette alone will each cover 6 to 8 feet of fence or more, given the right conditions. Forty feet ( eighty in total)  isn't a lot of distance for that quantity of plants. You need to be able to reach them for pruning and tying in too, and they'll need a lot of watering and feeding, especially if you have other planting around them. Make sure they all have the right aspect too - Nelly Moser, for instance, looks dreadful in too much sunlight - it needs a shadier spot. Some are happy anywhere but dark ones ( generally) bleach in too much sun and don't look so good. 

Clematis are heavy once they've matured, so make sure whatever support you have will do the job. If your fence isn't sound, concrete new posts in and attach trellis - that's probably the best option. Attach wires to the posts if trellis is too expensive, but make sure it's decent stuff, nicely spaced for attaching stems, and well secured. 

You could put some of the smaller ones on obelisks but you'll have to tie them in round those as they grow, to get the best from them. Don't make the mistake of just letting them grow vertically. 

Hope I haven't put you off - they're among the most rewarding plants if given the right attention and care, but they can look poor if they don't get it   

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Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:20

Well she wasn't at Glamis when I passed there recently Dove....but I'll keep away from the Lochnagar hills for now in case they're at the lodge by the loch. I had a bonny view of those hills a couple of weeks ago from Glen Clova  

Other daughter wants to go to Home Bargains today. Suppose I'll have to take her....  

It'll stop me eating Quality Street so it's not a bad thing really  


Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:06

They're tough as all Hell GD  

For something so delicate looking, they can survive almost anything the climate chucks at them.

They grow on hillsides and glens, sun or shade, on wet ground or dry ground, but enjoy a good bit of dampness best - overhead as well as underfoot 

I've seen them growing above the tree line on hills, which is around 1200 feet.

This was taken in Glen Bervie, Blair Atholl,  a couple of years ago. One of my favourite pix, and the reason I bought some seeds to grow them in the garden. They're very easy. Mine flowered for months  

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Posted: 30/12/2016 at 11:45

Evenin' all....or does it just feel like evening...it's been a long week 

Lovely to see you Ppauper - missed your daft chat 

I see there's been some nonsense....some things never change...

Would that be 'in the marsh' Dove? 

No idea what you've all been doing for the last few days I'm afraid, and I don't know if I have the energy to read back, so I hope everyone is alright. I see there are colds about though - keep those to yourselves please. I want to get a walk before going back to work on Tuesday! Daughter is much better - her 'suppurating boil' has burst...who'd have thought such a small person could produce so much 'stuff' from their mouth? Hope you've all had your breakfast.... 

She's getting mightily hacked off with me calling her Chewbacca. Her face was so swollen it looked like that woman who had the Chewie mask 

Which reminds me, do you think we can manage the last couple of days of 2016 without any more deaths?  Beyond sad. 

Windy again here but not cold, Hosta. Glasgow itself will be mild I should think. It was cold yesterday morning but warmed up to about seven once the wind dropped, so I managed to do a bit of repair on the side gatepost. Sigh. Gate's fine, post's solid in the ground, but the winds last week had caused the hinges to pull big lumps out of the post. I've bought some of those all singing, all dancing field gate hinges which should spread the weight better. I won't be beaten 

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Posted: 26/12/2016 at 18:55

But - every cloud - you have earned £1 on that other thread Hosta  

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Posted: 26/12/2016 at 18:40

Yes - she's fine thanks Joyce - she managed some finely chopped roast beast .... 

Staff were great at the hospital and on the phone initially.  We're very lucky in this country  

I can't see any of your pix. Perhaps it's the browser I use. I don't normally have any probs with seeing pix  

BL - I hope you had time to enjoy the day! You must be completely knackered. Enjoy your break when it comes.

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