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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.

Salix Kilmarnock

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:32

These things are grafted to the top of a willow stock stem and roots.  They do not grow taller but their branches do get longer.  Yours looks so short you should consider planting it in a pot on a pedestal or you'll be forever shortening the stems.  

In my experience, these things are short lived and very thirsty so don't let it go dry.

Identifying clematis

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:23

And does it have perfume?  There are hundreds of clematis out there so every little bit of info helps, including leaf shape and size and flowering times.

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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:20

No fog or mist here.  Lovely sunny day.

Been out for the day and had lunch at teh seaside on a cosy veranda protected from the breeze and with views across sparkling Atlantic to Ile de Ré.   Snoozle in the sun since and a read of the Times which is the first one I've seen here.  Normally it's the Mail or Telegraph which we leave on the racks.

B3 - Beechgrove tried those things one year.  Waste of time as they gave poor yields of both spuds and toms.  Space saving I suppose if you're gardening on a balcony and determined to have veg.

.Pat - our friends in Manley Heights had a kookaburra nest outside their guest bedroom window.  I learned to dislike them a great deal as the cackling started well before dawn.

Busy - hope you had good weather for your BBQ and that all went well.   You too for your hill FG.

Liri - hope the neighbours have come home OK and the cats have been fed.

Hello to those I've missed.  Off to water the pots now.


Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:03

Like any bulb, if you want to maintain vigour and build it up for next year you remove the spent plant stalk and feed it.

If you want babies, let it seed.   Stand it in a tray of gravel mixed with some compost and you'll get babies germinating from fallen seed that you can grow on but it will take a great deal of patience and potting on before they get to flowering size.  Alternatively, feed it and let the seeds mature on the plant then collect the seed and sow in trays or cells.

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