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Suggestions for clematis through this weigela?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 11:12

I too think the shrub is too small and you'll get into pruning trouble.   If you're able, try a clematis trained on tensioned wires stretched between vine eyes screwed to the fence posts.  It will be an unobtrusive support yet let your chosen clematis range as it needs.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 11:09

That quince is sumptuous Chicky.   I planted a "normal" one in Belgium and it always struggled until a couple of years ago when I put up some windbreak fabric along the fence to help the shrubs I'd planted as windbreak.   Happily, we have one here in full bloom and it's gorgeous but I may have to hunt down your version.

Enjoy your cuddles Yvie.

Noisy bits done, woodworm treatment applied.  Now to get mucky with compost and plants.  I love mud pie days as long as I get a decent hot shower at the end and a glass of something suitably cheering.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 10:13

Coffee now consumed so I'm off to get dusty.  I'll need another coffee afterwards - black, two sweeteners if it's a mug and well stirred.

Lots of things did very well in that garden FG.  It just took me a few years to identify which and to learn to go for good do-ers rather than fancy new varieties "improved" so far from the original that they lost vigour and hardiness.  I also found a clematis man who's labels indicated hardiness in terms of -25C, -20C, -15C and so on.   

Have fun with your Russian Dove.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:45

Good morning.  Late night after dancing so a bit sleepy today.   OH was up at 7 to go to golf and that woke the kittens for an hour or more of active cuddles and play before I dozed off again.   They can't just have quiet dozy cuddles.  Has to be interactive .

I have some sanding to do this morning, before the Sunday midday curfew for machinery in the garden so had better get on.    After that I have a struggling ficus benjamina to re-pot. and then keep outside but under shelter so I can organise the room it's in ahead of builders who will be knocking out a new doorway.

These days I like my clems less frilly and tend to go for the group 3 viticellas rather than the large-flowered hybrids and alpinas and macropetalas which either suffered thru Belgian winters or died in nasty late frosts in April.   Looking forward to finding some macro-petalas for this garden.

Can't shoot the magpies.  That neighbor is a gendarme with rank.......  Let's hope the dogs keep an eye on them.

Have a lovely day everyone, whether in or out.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 23:43

Great clem Yvie.  I grew mine on an arch on our eastern boundary in Belgium so full sun from dawn to about 3pm.

We've been out dancing at a practice session organised by our teacher.   Lasted 2.5 hours before my feet gave out.   Now  I need a glass of tonic to ward off cramps.   Great tip that so huge thanks to those who recommended it.    Working well so far.

We have a pair of magpies building a nest in a tree on the boundary between us and the neighbours.  Do I need to worry about other birds?   Something small and chatty seems to be nesting in a dense laurel looking bush nearby.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 17:25

Haven't seen any rugby.  Been busy with cleaning and putting stuff back after painting.   Have t o go and get clean now to go dancing.

I hope we all get some gardening weather tomorrow.  Need to get outdoors for a while and get on with rescuing a few hardy cyclamen from the grass that will be dug up for new beds.  

Gardeners' World

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 14:40

I agree.  30 mins is such a short programme so every minute needs to be packed with plants and "how to" or even "how not to".   Lots of weather easily available elsewhere.

Great created newts must go!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 13:40

As Pansy says, you should provide them with  plank or some stones they can use to climb out or they'll drown.  You need expert advice before doing anything else to the pond or the newts.

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Posted: 18/03/2017 at 13:16

Missed your post Busy.  What a pain.   Hope you can get your cable back and pics removed.

Today's painting done and drying.  Next job is sanding down an old wooden door/gate we found in the ruin so I can oil it and then we're going to use it as a hat on a tallish tree stump in the garden so we can attach the weather station gizmos.  OH thinks this is a good spot.

I'm not so sure cos previous owners used it as a base for a tree house (shed on legs and the trunk) and just sawed off the legs at the base so we need either to clear it all out and plant things or decide we can't plant things and do something else.  Can't grow just grass as there are stumps and things to kill the mower.   Ho hum.

Tree, tree house, Wendy house and play frame all gone and we have just a 2m stump of rotting tree left.

Deadheading daffodils

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:12

Daffs in pots and borders get the whole flowering stem removed cos it looks better but we leave the smaller ones like tête-à-tête and Minnow to seed about as they naturalise so easily.   I suspect we'll get to a point - either age or quantities or both - where we just boost the feed and let the flowers go over but, for the moment, we don't have so many that dead-heading is a huge chore.

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