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Garden ornaments

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 19:38

Here's where I live.....

Good  to know my relations are being well catered for....

Clematis flowers

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:35

Seedheads - after the flowers  

is vermiculite any use as a slug deterrent?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 13:40

Noting stops molluscs here - except picking them off and squishing. They laugh in the face of grit, eggshells etc.

They climb the house walls here - which are covered in a crushed shell render  


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:27

The flowers are just finishing, that's all. They're often brought on early, in protected conditions, which is why it will have been flowering so early. You can remove the spent flowers, or leave them depending on your preference. Normally they get left in place to turn a nice colour in autumn, but as they would generally be flowering later in summer,  they usually dry out more quickly and change colour rather than going brown and soggy.

They don't make good long term pot specimens though, so it would be better planted in the ground. 

Gap in Border/oriental poppies

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:22

How about some alliums to take over?  They generally like similar conditions. The little drumstick ones - sphaerocephalon - flower later in summer (June/July) and are small bulbs, so you could probably push some of those in later in the year without disturrbing the poppiesin any way. 

Advice needed for training climbers

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:11

I think the Essex climate is ever so slightly different to mine Pete 

Clematis a standard rose.

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:02

If you have ants in a pot that has a clematis in it, the clematis is very likely to be suffering from drought.

Potted clematis need to be kept really well watered. Give it a thorough soaking by plunging the whole thing in a bucket of water till it's completely damp. It'll probably take at least half an hour. That will also disperse the ants. Then look at the soil in the pot. You'll most likely have to  repot.  Multi purpose compost isn't enough if the clematis is to be there long term. Use a soil based one. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:56

Been wet most of the week here Hosta so everything has been growing like mad. It cleared up just after I finished work yesterday and I made the effort to do the grass etc as I knew it was to be wet again today. Thought about walking instead as the  weather's to be rubbish all weekend, even at lower level, but I badly needed to do the hedge. It was looking a bit 'unkempt' 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:43

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope the weather's being kind to you today. 

Not mentioning politics of any kind - it's a right royal shambles...an even bigger one than it already was.

Had one of your night's sleeps Hosta. Woke at half two. Eventually got back to sleep about five-ish for a few hours.  Chucking it down here since about three so I'm glad I made the effort to cut the grass, and do all the hedge with my new hedgetrimmer yesterday evening. 

Glad you got your cabinet sorted Obelixx. How do they manage to do something like that wrong!

Hope you're feeling better today amberspy. Rubbish when you're not yourself.

How's the knee doing Dove?

Advice needed for training climbers

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:25
Pete8 says:

I've got several star jasmines and used to have a potato vine.
As Fg says above they need to be tied-in initially but they will both curl their stems around whatever they're attached to, so it's just a matter of keeping them going in the right direction.
After a few years they seem to get the hang of it and they scramble away quite happily.

See original post

 Ah - didn't realise they would climb by themselves later Pete. They're not hardy here so I've never grown them  

I don't think the solanums are either, except in sheltered parts.  

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