Latest posts by Obelixx

Climbing Rose Pruning

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:30

I agree.  Bend them over gently so they are at least diagonal if not horizontal and tie them in loosely along teh stem so they can move a bit on teh breeze and also grow thicker.   They will put up small vertical growing flowering shoots as well as extra length at the tips.  Mine do, anyway.

Last edited: 22 April 2017 15:31:26

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:25

Not off hand Dove But I'll go and see if I kept the packet info when I've finished my coffee break.  Bit of a sucker for purple in tulips.

Sorry looking plant - ID & pruning?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:21

Take some cuttings from the tips then prune it back and feed and water it.  Cross fingers.

Or just leave it whole but feed it and see what happens.  Lovely colour on the fresh foliage.

Might be penstemon digitalis Husker Red in which case it's worth looking after.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:03

Sorry it's sideways.  Just going over now so a good feed to build them up and then they can go out in a bed and try their chances.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:50

When I do a typo or use an English spelling I get a red line under the offending word and can then right click to get the suggested correction and accept or add the real spelling to the dictionary.

Enjoy yourself M-U.

I'm off myself now, but just in the garden, not out till dancing later this evening.

Last edited: 22 April 2017 12:52:13

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:35

I do that with word and email.  I'm referring to the dictionary on this site.  I keep telling it - time and time again - but it seems to forget.

tools used on the programmes

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:23

It is called a hand harrow and is rather expensive to buy.  Her's one, similar but not exact - https://www.manufactum.co.uk/broad-galvanized-steel-hand-harrow-p1443496/  They have a narrower model for not a lot less.

I think a decent going over with a good push-me-pull-you double edged hoe head from Wolf and then a rake over will do just as well.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:03

We had the knee bend skirt length regs too.  4" max or hell to pay.  My skirt was not only too short but I'd drawn flowers round the hem in biro so I had to swap with a friend when summoned to see the deputy headmistress about my brother's transgressions.  Bit of a sociopath so not handy for my reputation tho what they expected me to do about it I don't know.

Pansy - is your shin improving?  Sounds colourful and probably very painful.

Is it just me or does the spellchecker on this thing just not register English spelling corrections for words like colour, thorough etc?  And did anyone else have abdabs when Monty said "reguly" instead of "regularly" last night?  He's supposed to be good at English isn't he?


Posted: 22/04/2017 at 11:54

It all depends on the eventual size you want, the flowering time and colour and also the aspect as some clem flowers fade in strong sun.  I find the viticella group to be reliable and wilt resistant and very easy to prune as you just cut them back hard in March, give them a good feed and then train in the new growth along your supports.

Have a look on this website which allows you to search for colour, size and aspect - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm - then see if they have your choice at the local GC or nusery or order on line from a good clamtis supplier such as https://www.hawthornes-nursery.co.uk/ (Richard, the owner, has a viticella collection and often posts on here - or Thorncroft or  Taylors.


Posted: 22/04/2017 at 11:47

Forgot to mention that the perfume is intoxicating.  Wonderful plants.  Great blossom, lovely foliage and, in a good year, flowers later on too.

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