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Please ID the plant

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 15:56

Ooooh!  Never seen that before.  It's lovely.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 15:56

Heroic is the word.   2000 h is a lot of wildlife and plants lost.

Have come in to research rosa Traviata which was a present from senior SIL bought after I left for the funeral in July.   She needs re-potting in case we don't get the new rose garden sorted and/or have too many for that spot and I had no idea what she likes in terms of sunshine or shade.   Looks like sun which is easy.  Good healthy looking plant.

Keep finding and crunching snails as I go round each pot.  Greedy beggars no more!

Have also played with my brand new Sneeboer to plant out an aquilegia which had seeded into a rose pot and tried to take over.  Lovely new toy and I hope Scarborough Fair will be happier now.

Good news about your lavender AR.


Posted: 23/09/2017 at 15:50

I can see why the OP fell for it though.  http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=611

Very pretty form altho I still think viticellas are the easiest to care for and the most forgiving.


Posted: 23/09/2017 at 14:13

Leave the existing growth.   Next spring, cut off any dead stems just above a newly opening pair of leaves and then give it a generous feed of slow release clematis food and a weekly drink of liquid tomato food till it flowers.  Tie in new growth and stems as they appear.   You should then dead head after the first flush of flowers so it doesn't waste energy on seed heads.  Feed again and it should produce a second flush in late summer.  You can leave these on as the seed heads are attractive.

Clematis are hungry and thirsty plants so I hope you prepared a good planting hole with added compost for structure.  They need to be planted a few inches deeper than they were in their pot as this encourages formation of new stems and also protects against clematis wilt which can affect some varieties.    Keep weeds and grass and other plants away from the base until it is well established.  Clematis can, in my experience, take a year or two to settle in and don't like competition.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 14:03

I loathe Ryanair with a passion.  Fortunately, we don't need it for Possum's flights here for Xmas or our forthcoming meet in Bilbao for Halloween.   I know cheap flights are little more than buses with wings but they still need skilled and competent staff to make them work and they should be treated with respect, as should the passengers who pay for it all and line the profit coffers.   However, as long as we in the developed world continue to want everything as cheap as chips we have to remember that someone, somewhere, is being exploited to produce it whether it's cheap clothes at Primark and the like or cheap flights and hotels.

Glad your OH is home safe Pat.  Hope he scrubs up well and gets a good sleep.

Been pottering, literally - moving all our pots of roses, clematis, hosta, mints, assorted other stuff to be lined up against the south facing wall of the annex so they're sheltered for winter and we can get in and clear weeds and mole hills and get the grass cut along the front of the ruin.  it's the only place the grass is lush from me watering pots.   More pot to move and tidy and sort this pm.

Need to talk to bulldozer man about clearing our pond so I can plant the weeping and twisted willows and my gunnera.   No leaf fall here yet tho my golden rain tree in a pot has turned early and is the most gorgeous glowing amber colour.  

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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 11:45

I think I'd be flabbered too?  Given a shortage of pilots in general there must be some even worse employers to make anyone go near Ryanair!

Monty Don books

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 11:37

I suspect you're right RG and he does maybe make it accessible for beginners.  My problem is that I'm an amateur  who learned masses from watching GH and AT both on GW and their special winter series which seemed to me to be well considered, planned and filmed with accessible info for many kinds of gardener.

I am very conscious that I haven't learned anything of significance from MD himself in all the years he's been presenting GW and I find his winter series - 80 gardens, French gardens, Italian gardens - badly planned.  Who, in their right mind, plans to film an imperial summer garden in the depths of winter?   It's like planning to film the red deer rutting in April!

Better than TB tho, over whom I shall quietly gloss but he does still set my teeth on edge whenever they wheel him out at Chelsea.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 11:24

Hosta has clearly been a dirty boy.  I hope he's not using a tumble dryer!

Pat - I hope OH is home safe and sound now.  I would feel quite fierce too about idiots and carelessness.

Busy - maybe just an hour or two pottering here and there?   

PP - yes.  need to organise on for me too but not keen.

Garden visits yesterday pm were most enjoyable with friendly, welcoming people keen to share plants, cuttings, seeds and divisions.  I now have a baby cassia corymbosa about 4" high and ready to flower plus a wee baby of golden leaved pineapple sage and a sprig of an epiphyte fern which he grows in pots hanging under a fig tree.   This chap is very inventive and artistic and creative and has a fine collection of salvias and some wonderful trees and shrubs.   Pics of the gardens on the visits thread when uploaded.

Another sunny day here but I was up very late today so have missed most of the morning.  Dogs clamouring at the dining room door at 4:15 so I crept downstairs and let them out and then shut them in the annex for the rest of the night.  6:15 and birthday boy Cosmos came in with his very first shrew - a very noisy wee thing that complained bitterly when I rescued it and bit me, fortunately through a cloth so no damage.  Took it downstairs and released it thru the green room door so it could escape into cover but found myself amidst hundreds of cluster flies.  Door left open for them to go away.

Pottering quietly for the rest of the day.   

Hope you all have the weather and energy you need for your projects.

New to gardening, need tips please!

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 13:05

A lot depends on what soil or compost you use to fill them and how cold your winters get.   Can you provide protection in the form of individual or tunnel cloches for anything you plant?

Over this side of the pond it is the time to plant Japanese onion sets for an early summer harvest  and you should be able to plant some of the hardier brassicas such as spring greens, purple sprouting broccoli, curly kale that can also be cropped thru winter on good days.   Hard neck garlic is another possibility as it needs a period of winter chill but it doesn't like acid soils or humidity so good drainage and no cloche.  

Best really to join a local gardening group or club and learn from and with them if you can.  

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Monty Don books

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 12:57

The problem is he ships those bananas in and out with the same commentary every year and I reckon they are time wasted as of little personal interest or relevance to the vast majority of viewers in the UK.   I could grow them here but, judging by what I've see, they get shredded by winter gales and look deeply unattractive for months.  

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