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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 06:38

DD - have you had or can you get relationship or couples counselling?  He needs to be made to see that bullying is neither grown up behaviour nor rational nor acceptable nor a good role model for his son.

This link may be of help - http://www.livestrong.com/article/225876-how-to-stop-a-bullying-husband/

Mares Tail- what to do?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 06:08

My two infested borders are densely planted and yet this prolonged cool, wet spring has seen the mare's tail proliferate like never before.    Patrolling till autumn is a good plan and so is clearing and cleaning and redesigning as long as you can blitz the stuff before re-planting.

Good luck.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 05:52

It's all a question of size GD.  How big will they be?


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 05:49

Morning all - up early today.  Woken by Chestikof.  Hope it all clears up soon cos it's dragging along.

It's cool and grey and cloudy again but we're supposed to stay dry all morning and get to the mid 20s this afternoon - with thunder and co.  Lovely.

I need to go out for bird food and coffee and then can garden all morning.   Sewing or potting on when the rain comes.   I have a new overlocker Wonky but after watching the Sewing Bee I shall be having lessons before I use it for anything serious and it won't be fitted lycra yoga togs.   I quite fancy yoga but hate lycra and polyester and viscose and all that sweaty cr*p.   Meanwhile it's cotton frocks for me in case summer does arrive.

Happy birthday Pat.

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How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:44

You need to consult this website for info on pruning groups, aspects, eventual size etc - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm

Mares Tail- what to do?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:41

You can rescue them and plant them in pots and then pull out every bit of mare's tail that comes up over the next few months.  Probably safest to leave them an entire year and maybe wash the root balls in autumn - when the plants are dormant - to remove any last bits of mare's tail before putting them back in pots.

Meanwhile, you can do a few treatments with Kurtail on the infested bed, fork it over when it's done its stuff and repeat as necessary.   It may take a year or two........   

I'm doing a similar process with bindweed in another bed - lifting plants into quarantine while I sort out the nasties. 

Help needed

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:00

The top one is lychnis coronaria - a short lived perennial which self seeds freely.   A white flowered form is also available and if you plant them near each other you get interesting babies.

The second is nigella/Love in the Mist - an annual which also self seeds freely if it's happy.   Doesn't like my very fertile alkaline loam.

Bright Lights Cosmos

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:41

Beryl - you need to start a new thread as tomato experts won't necessarily read about problems with cosmos.

Alan - It sounds like your soil has been contaminated with a persistent weedkiller or some other chemical pollution.   Have you had a spill in your garage?   Treated the wall with something?  

You could try digging out the soil there to a depth of about 12"/30cms and replacing it but that would be hard work and may be expensive without knowing what the problem is.   Can you get some of the soil analysed?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:15

HI DD - as people have said, property laws and rights between married people and their offspring are very different in France so no hasty moves please.  Some basic info here to start you off - http://www.connexionfrance.com/getting-divorced-france-divorce-legal-proceedings-10932-news-article.html 

Stay strong for Charlie and come and holler and yell on here when you need to - use another name if necessary.


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:37

Happy news LP.  Congratulations to all concerned.

Been busy all morning pulling up mare's tail by the bucket load.  It has really enjoyed this cool, wet weather.  Not as many nettles and thistles as before in the big triangle so some good news.   Ground cover roses (label lost years ago) and peonies and colourful ajuga reptans all doing very well and loads of lovely buds on shasta daisies, veronica, anchusa Loddon Royalist so lots to come in amongst all the shrubs and hardy geraniums.

Shrub and climbing roses dead-headed and fed, clematis tied in and fed, a wussy William Shakespeare dug up and potted along with two baby Kiftsgate ramblers.   Marie-Christine has brought me a luscious shrubby sage with deep purple flowers and taken away a Kiftsgate baby.   Do love a good swap.

I have planted out 7 rooted weeping willow cuttings along the stream in our very wet paddock and potted one up for my new pond and taken a cutting of our twisted willow for the new pond too.  I did a dozen in March but ended up giving them all away.

Was minding my own business this pm dead head Teasing Georgia and Malvern Hills when the heavens opened without warning.  Got drenched.   I shall go and finish that job now.

Can't stand football and all the hoo-hah but very happy for Wales.  Great result for them and for football.

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