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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:52

Lovely Hosta - he/she is just making it his/her own - like we all do  

I was so impressed with your bird box that I bought one from the Cheap Sh*t Shop ( as I affectionately call it ) on Friday. £1.99. I figured by the time I get round to it and find the right screws, sort a suitable blade on the jigsaw, and swear at the screwdriver for packing in after five minutes, that it was well worth it! 

New homes must be the in thing then eh doc?

That's really great news about your mum. A huge relief too. Hope all goes well for the flitting and the sale. 

Lovely pic chicky. I'm very bad at going places to look at that sort of thing, but I get my landscape fixes in a different way I suppose 

Missed it terribly this weekend though. Had a quick walk round the doors for an hour and a half this morning so it got me out and going. Don't like low level walks of any kind so it's a bit of an effort to motivate myself.  On the plus side - I don't need to take a ruckie and an ice axe! Been busy outside and got lots of tidying and trimming done, so feel pleased with that.  Very mild and dry almost all day - got to about 9  degrees so it was grand. 

How to plant a rose arch with Clematis

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:15

Should have said Emma - I don't grow roses, but a rambler will give you the same issues on your trellis arch as a montana would. They get big - the clue's in the title ()  so you'll have to tie it in well to get the best from it.

I'm not sure if it's the best location for that, but someone with more rose knowledge might be able to advise.

What are the dimensions of your arch?

How to plant a rose arch with Clematis

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:12

Montanas can get very big Emma, and the secret is to keep tying them in horizontally as they grow, and you'll then get good coverage of sheds, buildings walls or fences. They're ideal for that - scrambly plants, a bit like honeysuckle. Slightly more work to keep them contained in the way you normally grow a climber   

Even an 'ordinary' clematis will cover a big area if looked after correctly. It does depend on the variety and the conditions it's growing in. The mistake most people make is just allowing them to grow vertically, and then you get too many flowers at the wrong height, and lots of bare stems low down. Tie in across the space you're trying to fill and you'll be well rewarded. They take a few years to reach full maturity too.

The lady across the road from me has a white one covering her garage Wonks. I get a good view of it from the house - especially upstairs  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:03

Happy Birthday Frank/Dad - you don't look a day over 99  

Have you got cake? I'm sure you'll get one today, but it's never too early for a little something with a candle....

Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:46

Sorry Hazel - I didn't see your post last night. They'll have got lanky because of how they've been grwoing. It might be tricky to separate them, but it's worth having a go. If you leave them and just pot them on, they're not going to be brilliant anyway as they'll just get tangled together, and won't have a good air flow through them which tends to lead to mildew etc.

If you can gently tease them apart to the best of your ability, and even get two or three in a small pot, that will benefit them. Soak the pot really well before hand, and that might make it easier. If you can only get a clump of four or so, you can nip one or two out completely and just leave two. I reckon if you get five decent plants from that pot, you'll do well. Sacrifice a few and you'll get a better result as they need a good bit of room to thrive. 

If you have any seed, sow some in a few weeks. They'll grow on quickly and catch up, and you'll then have a good succession of plants  for not much effort. 

Good luck with yours ppatter - I've not done the dwarf ones before, but I know people who have. They're good in those wall baskets if you can keep them moist and fed enough through the driest weather.

How to plant a rose arch with Clematis

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:32

EV is my favorite clematis. Be aware that it can  cover a huge area if given the right conditions and tied in well  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:26

Liri - 'my' two nuthatches visit regularly and just whack into the feeders, chucking out the stuff they dont want, and wolfing down the stuff they do like. That one in the photo was amongst the blackthorn in the hedging bit of the border, having a grub about at something he/she had found  

GD - Tetley's comment reminds me of my garden round the corner form here. I had some Pyracantha and Berberis near the front door as part of the dividing fence between me and the neighbour. I hung a couple of little feeders in there which all the small birds used, but the starlings couldn't cope with it, and neither could the squirrels. Result!

I have small hands, so I had the technique to get through the gap for filling it without too many injuries...

The cage was the smartest thing I've ever done for the birds too. Simple but very effective   

How to plant a rose arch with Clematis

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:02

It depends on the size of the arch Emma. Unless the sides are longer than about eighteen inches/45cm, you'd only have room for one plant each side  

New pond

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:46

Huge undertaking GD, so no wonder you're a bit jaded. Doesn't help when workmen knacker things along the way does it? Every day, you get up and look out and it looks like it'll never be finished. It can be very wearing, and you wish you'd never started. I know that feeling well, but one day, you'll turn the corner and it will all suddenly start to look like it should, and you'll be glad you did it  

It will be fantastic for all the wildlife, and for yourselves too when you sit back on a sunny evening, glass in hand,  and watch it being enjoyed by them. That will make all the effort worthwhile. 

Difficult when the project's over the worst part of the year and you don't have loads of other greenery and plants to detract from it and enjoy. Hope your trip to the GC perks you up a bit  

Planting an Acer

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:36

I'd agree - and assuming it's in a pot and is a reasonable size, it should be fine. A mulch round it will help protect it from drying out too. A slightly shadier aspect is ideal, and out of harsh winds as Obelixx says. You'll get the best from it that way. 

In future, if you're in an area where spring can be dry, make sure it doesn't go short of water at that time of year too. 

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