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plant id

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:31

Wonderful.  I've been given 2 plants of this but neither I nor the giver had a clue as to the name.  Mine are only about 18" high though whereas the parents are the more usual 6'.   They're still gorgeous even though short.  Maybe they'll catch up once settled in a while.

Dumfries House East Ayrshire

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:03

For heat in winter?  The greenhouses probably had heat piped around or under them from big furnaces at the back of them.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:01

Thanks.  I bought the new curtains for the kitchen which will be redecorated next spring but they're just a bit too long for the back window in the picture and too short for the bigger window at the front so for now they can go in the spare bedroom while I ponder lengths and modifications.

The "retro" curtains were bought in John Lewis in 1991 and have also had length and room changes.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:56

Happen the shock of being pruned hard might provoke it into flowering.   Make sure you feed it plenty of phosporus and potassium as these will promote healthy roots and growth and flowers.   You don't want too much nitrogen now as that will promote sappy growth that will get zapped by the frosts.

Give it a balanced feed in spring with nitrogen to promote healthy leaves..

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 20:49

Thanks RB.  We could have bought loads more stuff.

There was a wonderful metal frame for a gothic, stained glass window that would have made a wonderful screen in the garden but how to get it home?  Not to mention all the work of breaking out the remaining bits of glass and scraping the crud off the metal.

Contented myself with enamel bits..



Posted: 23/08/2015 at 20:40

I use the 5 or 6 mm wire rods from the builders' supply store and cut them myself with wire cutters then bend by hand - see above post.   The only requirement is to have damp soil to push the supports at east 1'/30cms into the soil and then they don't budge or bend in storms. 

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 16:52

I made mine following James Martin's recipe this year and it is delicious.

It does use jam sugar because strawberries are low in pectin but the trick of soaking the strawberries overnight in the sugar makes for great tasting jam.  Best I've ever made.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:31

I have been to a brocante/car boot/vide greniers today with OH and have come home with 3 new plant containers - old enamel colander, casserole and steamer - and 2 pairs of brand new Laura Ashley satinised cotton curtains.

Happy Obxx.


Tomato feed/feeding camellias

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 13:54

Tomato feed is good for any flowering plants and should be really good for camellias as they make their flower buds now for spring's display and it's important they don't go thirsty for the next few weeks or you'll get bud drop..   Dilute it with rain or distilled water if your tap water is hard.

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 19:01

Why is that a problem?

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