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Supporting canes

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:48

How young are the plants Andrea? If they're small, it might have been better to pot them on and let them develop a bigger root system and plant out next year. 

However, if they're already in the ground, you can leave the canes on to direct the stems onto the supports. You need to untangle them and then train them in horizontally as well as vertically to encourage them to have a good spread of flowers. Pruning them correctly will also help you get the best from them as they mature. 

Don't apologise for asking questions - we've all had to do the same. 

Last edited: 19 September 2016 19:50:35

New hedge height advice?

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:42

Laurel won't like being restricted to that width Ash. You'll just have thick branches and not much else. 

Osmanthus would make a low hedge, or some of the Euonymous varieties, some Pittosporum varieties  if you're in a milder part of the country. Some of the Hebes would suit if you have free draining soil and some sun. They naturally make a round shape so need very little attention. Lavender - although they may not be big enough?


Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:32

Hi Mark - it's the PestBye Water Jet Spray Repeller to give it the full title. Have  a look on eBay - that's where I got it.

Not as fancy or robust as the Contech one, but a fraction of the price. There are quite a few available though   


Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:21

I'll have a look for you Mark. 

Need Detailed instruction on how to lift and divide Iris Sibirica

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:41

Do you use it after you've done the loaf Ladybird?    

After flowering is the usual time for Iris, as the plant is 'resting' and building up for the following year, although you may not get so many flowers. In some cases it'll rejuvenate them more though. 

I move and divide plants at almost any time, other than winter,  but your own conditions sometimes dictate. We get a lot of rain even in summer, so that helps. Generally, you can move most things if the ground is suitable and they're not going to get dried out. If it's a big plant or shrub, they're best done in autumn when dormant, but you can lessen the stress by cutting the plant back, especially if it's an evergreen. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:31

You're rigth about the water GD. The stuff straight from a stream is probably far cleaner than most of the stuff people have to consume in cities! 

Like your photos Bob. Nice shot of Schiehallion. I never see anything when I'm up it. Certainly didn't last May...and this was after it cleared up and I was back at the car...

I think the only problem with doing links is, that it's less immediate, if that makes sense. 

Can you post some of your bird ones on here? I think everyone would love to see those. They're stunning  

Fab, as always Sheps. Funny how we dislike things like flies, but insects of any kind are fascinating when you see them close up. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:21

DD - as the others have said - you'll have these days, but I promise you they will get fewer and further between.  Every so often, when I feel vulnerable, I remind myself of the reality of my ex's behaviour. That soon gets me focused. You've done the hardest bit. Everyone here will help to keep your spirits up when you're down. You've no idea how much they helped me - without even knowing it.    Love to you both x  

Fat of any kind on meat...  

What shape

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:06

Yes, but the plant will grow! 

What type of clematis have you got? Even the alpinas cover a fair bit of space. If you put something small in place, you'll only have to put a bigger one in in a year or two. They also get quite heavy, so a flimsy support isn't worthwhile.   


Posted: 19/09/2016 at 18:04

Water scarecrow is the only thing that works here. Brilliant.

I've tried every r***y so called solution. Nothing else is any use. 

 I bought a cheap one and it's fine. Best 20 quid I've ever spent. 

What shape

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 17:55

Trellis or a really good support of wires, especially if it's one of the bigger types. 

Ideally, you want to train horizontally as well as vertically to get  maximum flower power  

Also - don't plant too close to your wall. It's harder for them to get enough moisture there. 

Last edited: 19 September 2016 17:57:51

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