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Camera Talk

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 08:08

Mmm...yum yum....  

Detail is superb Sheps. I often see spiders in and around the planting along my back fence.  Always reminds me of your spider pix! 

I wondered if you got very little GD. We definitely don't get as much here as we used to get. Normal pattern was heavy, continual rain till the turn of the year, and then a lot of snow as it turned much colder. When I worked with horses ( I still work in the same place ) it was common to have to dig our way into the stables before we could open the doors and get the horses fed! Difficult keeping the entrance drive clear to allow people in for their lessons etc. We haven't had that pattern for a long time, although we still have a fair amount of snow most years. 

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 08:00

Richard - do the herbaceous clematis require the same care generally as the climbers? I'm hoping to plant a couple here as I feel they would be a really good addition to a border or two  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat.

Nearly the weekend although the weather's not looking brilliant for that. 

DD - I'm never surprised when I hear the sort of behaviour you describe. Some people simply can't behave under any circumstances. Glad you have hopeful news re your dreams and plans. I wish all the luck and love in the world with it. 

Glad you both had a nice day/night yesterday, chicky and Dove  

Work beckons...neverending isn't it! Better get myself organised soon. Have a good day everyone  

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 07:50

The herbaceous clematis are almost like a perennial in their habit wakeshine, in that they are more lax in growth rather than climbers, in the way we normally think of those. You would have them scrambling through other shrubs, but you may have to 'encourage' them a bit to go where you want them. 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 19:51

I bought a couple of pots of Chrysographes at different times - they've not been in there long. Nothing has - the garden was non existent when I moved in a few years ago. They've spread a bit though. I find they like relibly damp soil rather than too dry. The flowers are very velvety and I love them when there's a few drops of rain on them  

Dutch irises are the kind florists use - the flowers don't last very long. I suppose most irises are the same really, but when you have a decent clump of them you get a reasonable amount of flowers. They really need other planting nearby to give a good succession of flowers in a bed or border. 

Planting out

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 19:21

For some reason I thought you had a bareroot plant, Breathe.... 

I must be losing the plot... 

Of course - if it's in a pot - plant as nut and Bob state  

Polemonium advice

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:59

There are hundreds of varieties! Bearded Iris are very different to the Dutch Irises though. They need plenty of sun and good gritty, free draining soil. You plant those with the rhizome just proud of the soil so that the sun can get to them after flowering.

If you're wanting to put them with the Polemonium, you'd be better with the Sibirica types as they like damp soil. They like a reasonable amount of light too.

I grow the Chrysographes Irises which are really dark purple with a little yellow flash, and they're shorter than the Bearded ones. Finer foliage than them too.They'd possibly work quite nicely with your Jacob's ladder. Mine ar enext to my little pond, east-ish facing


Polemonium advice

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:38

A couple of pots next to that one. That will give you an idea of what looks good, and you can then replicate  tthat in the ground later  

When it's in the ground, you can have some taller bulbs behind it too, especially if you have any gaps for late spring or summer.  Some of the taller daffs and narcissus would work well. Cheerfulness is one which always comes to mind - very pale creamy yellow, so it would pick up the colour of the variegation. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:23

Thanks for your kind comments, lovely people  

GD -  I love seeing your sea and sky pix. You're getting great value for money with your new camera! 

As we're coming into autumn and winter weather, I was wondering if you get much snow where you are?

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:19


I'd hoped to get out after work but it's horrible here now. Very cold and wet. It hasn't been particularly warm - it got to about 14 here -  but it would have been good for a bit of digging or summat. Sky was very black and heavy. Well down into single figures overnight regularly too. 

Monty Don is on Simon Mayo's radio 2 prog later today if anyone wants to listen.

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