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Total novice tries to grow anemone

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 15:24

They don't need pruning unless you want to remove any dead foliage.  Leave flowers to set seed if conditions are right or else dead head them so the plant concentrates on growth rather than seeds.

If you have sandy soil or a well drained raised bed you can plant them out but otherwise keep them in pots where drainage will be good.  more info here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/26664/i-Anemone-coronaria-i-De-Caen-Group/Details

Help identify??

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 15:00

Equisetum - an aquatic relative of marestail/horsetail.  Attractive but don't let it wander too far...........

clematis choice

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 14:29

The first thing you need to know is that cleamtis are hungry, thirsty plants so planting close to the trunk of your cherry is not a good idea as it will be difficult to make an adequate planting hole an dthere will be competition for nutrients.  The RHS offers this advice on clematis in trees - 

Grow clematis through, or over, trees and shrubs to extend their seasonal interest. Choose the clematis carefully, as vigorous types can be smothering. Avoid using clematis to cover dead trees or tree stumps, for although these may provide a useful support they may soon become hosts to certain diseases, in particular honey fungus. Plant the clematis on the windward side of the tree so that as its stems extend they are blown onto the tree where they can obtain a hold. Position it at least 1.8m (6ft) away from the tree trunk to reduce competition with the tree for space, water, and nutrients. Use a bamboo cane or wire to aid the clematis reach the tree trunk

The other thing to bear in mind is that Jackmanii is a group 3 for pruning and will grow to 3 to 4 metres high so pick a contrasting playmate in the same pruning group but maybe a different flower form such as Little Nell, Betty Corning, Princess Kate.   You can look them up on this site - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3815

Plant your new clematis several inches deeper than they are in their pot as this encourages better rooting and more shoots above ground.  Give them good soil, a good drink and a good mulch and feed every year with clematis feed at pruning time in March.

Help needed to rescue a hawthorne hedge

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 14:16

Hawthorn hedges are usually quite vigorous give half a chance.  Ours in our Belgian garden grew 6' up every year and a couple of feet sideways so it was easy to keep it nice and thick by regular cutting.   The one in this garden grows a lot less quickly but then we have just ended a 16 month drought.

You need to do some cutting back to stimulate dormant buds to grow lower down.   I suggest you cut the top down as low as you need it to be and trim side shoots back to a uniform width, making it slightly wider at the bottom than at the top.    Make sure the loppers and secateurs are clean and sharp so you don't get any rough edges and don't do it on days when frosts are forecast as this can damage newly cut tissues.

I would also advise you scatter generous handfuls of pelleted chicken manure along the base in early March.  You can also give it a mulch of well rotted compost or manure if the ground isn't frozen or dry.

Feed and mulch every year and keep it trimmed regularly - once or twice a year - to maintain shape, size and vigour.   It should thicken and green up nicely.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 14:07

Hello again.  Lazy morning today and then a raid on the SM.  Just had a late lunch and am planning a lazy afternoon apart from making some blood orange and chili marmalade and dance class later on.   Feet are fine but back still twingy after heaving a suitcase up and down Metro stairs yesterday - no escalators - and a long hike thru Montparnasse station which goes on forever before you get to the bit for trains to the west.

Started bright and sunny here today and we had a short clear spell at bedtime so saw the moon which was definitely bright white.    Clouding over now and we've had showers that feel more like April than January.   Very pleased to find my snowdrops have survived the drought and are about to open their flowers.

Turmeric/curcuma supplements are great and work on arthritic bits and also help with cancer so what's not to like?   My feet started complaining in this last year but all that pain has gone thanks to the supplements and I can stand on tippy toes now but not wear heels over 1".   The "too much walking" pain has also gone but has more to do with genetic mechanical problems and having 4 screws in each foot to hold the "new" toes in place whilst healing after the ops.

LG, Wonky, Busy and anyone else coping with lurgies, I hope they clear up quickly but have to say better now than in a couple of week's or months time when you want to be outside.   Pdoc - banned?  I hope you're improving too.

Lily - good idea to escape somewhere warm.   

I hope nobody is freezing today or flooded or being blown to bits.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 13:32

I watched the programme and found it sadly superficial.  Not so much interested in how the Chinese or anybody else celebrates a new moon.  Much more interested in its effects on tides, wildlife, plants and even human moods and physiology.

I knew what a  blue moon was already. 

Seems to me we've had lots of super moons since we moved here in October 2016.    We also have clearer skies here than in rainy old Belgium and no streetlights in our area so we see a lot more moon and stars than before.  

It often looks a bit orange when it's low but the red moon was on the other side of the world Lily P - all to do with the sun's position.

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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 31/01/2018 at 20:45

Hello everyone.  Sorry for absence but some ******* tried to hack my PC thru the hotel Wifi so I shut it down.    Paris was very grey - buildings and clouds - but dry.   No flooding experienced except the Seine itself with all its usual pedestrian access banks well below water with lamp posts up to their neck in it - look between the tree and the wall to the left.

We didn't go in the Louvre but took this pic from its "gardens" through the arch to the ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde and up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe

We saved the Eiffel tower for after dark.   As you can see, no boats about to fit under the bridges so all river traffic halted except for the odd low-rise rubber police launch and swan.........

We were staying near here

We walked a lot.  Possum's new fitness dooberry said 18,500 steps in Sunday, 24,600 on Monday and 22,500 on Tuesday, by which time my feet, newly free of arthritic pains thanks to Joyce and the curcuma, felt like every bone had been re-arranged.   Fine this morning tho and very pleased to be home with ecstatic doggies, cuddly pussies, happy OH and the pond even fuller than when I left.

Happy belated birthday Dove.   Welcome home Hosta and hope you warm up soon.   I am looking forward to a good sleep too as our hotel was on a small 5 way junction with bars and restaurants on 4 of them and people sat outside chatting and socialising till the small hours.   Does none of them have a normal job?

Too much to catch up on and comment so I'll just say Hi and hope you are well to everyone.   Sweet dreams.

Last edited: 31 January 2018 20:46:44

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 27/01/2018 at 13:44

Have arrived in Paris which is grey and murky and has far too many people!  Montparnasse station and metro in general absolutely heaving.   Made my way to hotel near Pigalle and unpacked  listening to DI discs podcast with Bruno T.    Now off to explore a bit before Possum gets here at about 7pm.  Montmartre should be walking distance for me now my toes are improving.

Pat - Jessie looks happy and engaged.   Not moping.  Good.

Dove - how lovely for you and also for that chap to find a good home for his wife's stuff.

Wonky - good luck with the job hunt.   Definitely need something less knackering but also satisfying.  Make sure you take a high enough dose of the curcuma/turmeric.

Tara for now.

What's in flower in your garden now?

Posted: 26/01/2018 at 21:11

Lots of daisies here.  Also mimosa, iris reticulata, camellia, roses, hardy cyclamen, violas, hamamelis, sarcococca, winter honeysuckle, chickweed, winter aconites.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 26/01/2018 at 20:42

Can you not install water butts Liri?  Save carrying water a long way.

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