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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 15:03

Cold water swimming is supposed to be good four physical and mental health.   Happy to believe it but don't want to try.   My best hot chocolate is hot milk with a good dollop of 54% chocolate chips melted in.  Yum.

We have rain too FG - not enough to get excited about but enough to make me bring in the washing which was almost dry despite a bit of spitting.  Did everything I could think of - 2 hours of sprinkler, another hour going round with the hose pipe or water from the butts doing pots, hung out the sheets to dry, sent OH out with the dogs............  Still just a dribble.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 13:23

How ever did you guess that Joyce??

I have to water the pots every 2 days at the mo FG.  Every day in the heatwave, even tho I'd moved most out of direct sun between 11 and 4pm.   I did them last night and will do them all again this evening and then OH can do them on Tuesday.   That should be OK.

Just found some cyclamen corms we lifted when extending the sunny bed so have been giving them a soak.  Off now to plant them in the wisteria bed.   Going to christen my new Sneeboer trowel.

Non invasive climbers

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 13:17

If the wall is damaged it would be best to repare it and then attach either battens to support trellis or vine eyes, screwed into the wall in rows 12 to 18 inches apart - 40 to 45cms - to hold wire tensioned between them.

Then the choice is wide depending on which season of interest you are after.   There are clematis that flower in winter, others in spring, some in late spring then a lesser flush in late summer and others all summer.  They can grow to a wide variety of height which gives length when trained horizontally.   Wide variety of flower shapes and colours too.  Have a look here - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm using colour or flowering time or aspect or all three as your search criteria.

Then there are climbing and rambling roses offering a wide variety of colour, perfume, repeat flowering or not and honeysuckles.  Jasmine or passiflora if you are in a mild area.  

Identifying clematis

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 12:05

Good.  Saw your clematis too.  It is lovely.

Cuttings tips

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 12:00

Patience.  Cuttings can take several weeks to start producing roots and then need to be left alone to develop a bit.  You also need to kep an eye on them in case any rot off so you can remove them before they affect the rest.

Have a look here for a few tips - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=404 


Posted: 03/09/2017 at 11:56

To be honest, that pots looks a wee bit small.  in your location you should be able to grow them in teh ground as you don't get hard frosts.   

Identifying clematis

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 11:55

HI Richard.  I thought it might be that one which is why I asked about perfume.  Tried one in Belgium but it didn't survive its second winter which was quite harsh, even for that garden.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 11:47

Well done to both Busy and Chicky?  So pleased it went well and looks like you had perfect weather for it Chicky.   Cracking photo from you too FG.

Glad you had a good long rest Hosta.  Me too - went to bed at 10pm feeling dodgy.  Woke at 2am to find lights still on and Possum watching a film on her PC downstairs.  Huge TV available right in front of her with no eye or neck strain.  Go figure.  Back to bed and slept till 8am feeling a mite better.

Pat - I understand your worry. 

We have a cards drawer so I don't usually lose cards but I do keep finding presents I've bought for Possum and hidden somewhere 'safe'.  The kind to give as wee surprises on birthdays or as stocking fillers at Xmas.

Dull, grey and cool here and just enough rain spots for me to count them landing on my cheeks as I emptied out the last of the tomato pots and potted on the peppers to make them last a bit longer.  So much for the 13mm they've promised - again.

I have the sprinkler out doing 30 minutes on the new sunny bed and then it'll be 30 minutes on the shady bed.   Might give them more as it has to last till I'm back on Thursday and OH will only do pots.

Cleaning to do now and packing for our wee trip.  Catch you later.

Maple placement

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 20:59

All Japanese maples  enjoy shelter from wind as it desiccates the foliage and turns it brown and crispy.  Since the foliage is the main attraction, best to avoid such damage.

Purple acers colour up best in some sun but green ones usually like dappled shade.

They like neutral to acid soil with good moisture retention but not boggy so a mix of ericaceous compost and John Innes no 3 is best for future growth.   Keep the moist thru the growing season and until leaf drop.  Feed them in spring and remove any dead twigs after winter frosts are over.

I think it would be a good idea to apply a mulch of pebbles, slate chippings, gravel, chipped bark or expanded clay pellets after a good drink as this will help with moisture retention as well as keeping down weeds.  Looks good too.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 19:30

Begonia Dacha.  Have a listen to this for an unwelcome alarm clock -


Light chilil prawn linguine here but slow roast belly pork with crackling for dinner tomorrow.

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