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Posted: 15/02/2013 at 20:26

Hollie, you may find that if you look closely at the base of the stems, there may already be signs of fresh growth. If so, I'd cut them back to just above that growth & all being well they'll flower better this yr- assuming we get some sun!

If, however there isnt any sign of new growth & the remaining top growth is well & truely dead, which it probably will be, then a gentle tug of the plant should indicate whether it's still ok. If all dead, the tug allows the whole to completely come out. J.

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Posted: 15/02/2013 at 20:13
Rosa carriola wrote (see)

Does it have stem roots that can damage brickwork?

Assuming you're referring to HPeteolaris, no, but the stems can sort of 'mark' paintwork of window frames/UPVC, when it's removed. It's self-clinging when established & much easier to pull away from where you dont want it than ivy IME. The stems are quite brittle & a good 'yank' nearly always works. J.

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Posted: 15/02/2013 at 20:04
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Yes Jo i was asking - could I put it on a fence?

Head is beginning to feel less muddy, still coughing  Not falling asleep as soon as I sit any more. Thanks all for asking.

Bjay, noooo, unless the fence very tall & sturdy. It'll be fine for a few yrs but once it gets going it'll be way to big for a standard panel. Actually thinking about it, why not? I've got one, relatively new plant cf other one, that is going very slowly up a NWest facing 6' panel. So a 3-4ft panel ultimately wont do, but a 6' could work, providing it's a sturdy one.

I inherited one on the side of a garage wall. Every yr now I have to get the tallest steps to remove it from the soffits/ under the roofing felt. I wanted it to travel over the actual roof, where it could go mad without any problems, but it just wont do it!

The flowers smell wonderful btw & the dark coloured bare bark also attractive in the winter months.

All stuffed, still drinking wine, but have cleared up in kitchen & have got the shopping list for tomorrow, including OH's wants! J.

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Posted: 15/02/2013 at 17:03

I'm back.

Figrat, poor you, hope you start to feel better soon.

Bjay, hope that you begin to feel better soon too. Was it you asking about Hydrangea Petiolaris? Yes fine for shadey wall/fence, but it's rather slow, ie several yrs, to get going & then it really takes off. It wont really like being in a pot, I'd try getting it into the ground when you can & initially tie it in to some support. Once it's happy, no support needed, but annual/biannual prune of excess/out of soffits etc needed.

Compared to this time last year the new growth out there is ahead. I checked my temperature notes & this Feb warmer than last, so not surprised to see buds breaking already.

Have done all I set out to do outside. I sensibly stopped before problems developed. The roses & budleas can wait a couple of weeks.

Daughter just phoned from her house. She's itching to get decorating, but a bit of time checking out all those keys she's found & deciding what has to be done before all the furniture arrives will save time in the long run. At least the vendor has left lightbulbs. When we got to our first house, late on an October day, no lightbulbs anywhere!!

My wellies are already to take up there to explore the garden tomorrow, whilst OH sorts out whatever for her. I hope not to be involved in any decorating! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 16:27

It was well above freezing first thing this morning, a bit dull to start with, but dry. The odd glimpse of the sun & it's reached 8-9C. Looking at last yrs temperatures, there's been a lot less frost here this month so far. Last yr was cold!

Have spent a very good 4hrs doing all sorts outside, wheely bin full ready for tomorrows' collection. Now back in, showered which has helped with the muscle aches from the unaccustomed activity. J.


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Posted: 15/02/2013 at 12:52

Afternoon all,

Am having a quick lunch in between loads of Epimedium leaves going into wheely bin. As far as I know no snowdrops been decapitated yet...

Glyn you're brave attempting Betty's at a w/end!

I also know about Grunt Futtocks too, never thought how t'was spelt.

Bunny I have that coldframe. Really secure it in place, several bricks around/on top in my case, or it will definitely wander!

Right, whilst energy still around, byee. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 20:35

I'm really cross! Having been patronised by engineer earlier, OH just tried the same tack until I exploded!!

The whole point about thermostatic radiator valves is that you can set each room to be what you want- am I correct, or not? Also, moving the main control into here would be 'b' stupid coz this room would get warm, like now, boiler switch off & rest of house be cold. 40yrs of having control in hall, just as everyone else on road, works fine. Not my fault the stupid new fangled boiler doesnt like it.

Anyway am trying reverse tactic re the valves & we'll see if the boiler adjustments made over the last 2 visits have worked. If the 'kettling' starts again, then shall alter the valves' settings until it sorts the problem. Shant hold my breath.

Right, rant over. Need to order a Tesco delivery, or may just flop & try to chill out. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 20:00

That's good news about your OH Dean.

Whoever asked about daughter & house- she wants/needs to decorate a bit first before the first lot of furniture arrives- some of Dad's from storage in a couple of weeks.

It'll be a 2 car job Saturday, so that I can escape if nec! I'm not getting involved with the painting etc.....she says. Must sort out painting clothes for OH to use- he can leave them up there till it's done. 1st job, change locks, & then need to suss out alarm!

It's our- daughter's idea- first yr of trying potatoes in bags. Daughter has a sunny patio & an outside tap- her responsibility! Of course I dumped an empty egg box in my compost bin earlier today- oops. I'll sort her out some of my compost to use- may even seive it for her- oh hang on she says there's a compost bin already there. Shall investigate it, check no signs of past/present rat activity. If all ok we can use that instead of me having to lug mine up there.

Need to talk to OH now. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 16:46

Gosh Pam, no wonder your garden looks so wonderful.

Just watching the Antiques road trip from my old part of the country- Avoncroft buildings museum. Many a happy visit there over the yrs watching it evolve. Ooh, now where OH & me went to school.....

Have managed to do what I set out to finish around here. I intend to have a garden day, well part of, tomorrow, even if OH comes back first thing. W/end could be rather busy e/w I think- daughter should be collecting keys to her house tomorrow.

Sweet potato type of stew/curry for tonights' meal.J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:50

Yes they cope well with quite hard pruning.

I do a large overhanging privet tree pretty hard every other March & it comes back fine.

They are used as hedging along a busy dual carriageway near here. They have been cut back quite severely in the past & it still looks good.

If you're bothered & want to maintain some privacy in the meantime, say do it by a third each time over a couple of yrs. But I'd be inclined to do it all this March & accept that for a while your privacy will have gone, but the resulting thicker, denser hedge will be better for it. J.

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