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Wisteria Standards

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 14:16

Some of those pics of the smaller ones have bamboo canes and you can get really thick ones now but I think I would go for a piece of pressure treated wood that can be bashed in deep and not rot for a few years. 2"x 2" should do it.  Tie the wisteria in every 12" or so and use soft ties that can expand and also cross between the stem and the post so there's no rubbing or strangling.

Moving Peonies

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 14:12

The main thing with peonies is to re-plant at exacty the same depth as before.  Too shallow and the flowering buds are exposed and die.  Too deep and they are buried and never develop.

Water the roots well and leave to soak before digging them up and plant in well prepared holes with a bit of bonemeal and some garden compost to add nutrients and micro organisms to help the plants re-establish quickly.  Water in well.

Wisteria Standards

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 14:09

You don't need fancy supports but they are available if you want them.  The main stem will need support for a few years as it thickens and strengthens to take the weight of the top growth.  You can also grow 2 or 3 stems together and wind them round each other.  They will eventually merge into one but give you an interesting twisted stem.   There is a link toi mages below to help you.

Whatever you decide, make sure the plant you buy is in flower so you know it will flower for you and the colour too.   Seed grown wisteria can take over a decade to get to flowering point.  Graft grown ones should be flowering straight away.

Check also the RHS site for info on wisteria cultivation and pruning as it needs doing twice a year to promote flower buds as well as to maintain your chosen shape.



Posted: 16/09/2017 at 13:38

Happy Birthday Star Gaze Lily!


Posted: 16/09/2017 at 12:54

The obvious ones are the Armandii forms but, personally, I find their foliage unattractive and dull and rather imposing unless you are very clever about growing them up a climbing rose frame to extend interest thru summer.

I rather fancy this one which is much more delicate looking but haven't yet got a home for it - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=75  

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 12:47

Happy birthday Busy.  Enjoy your day out and lunch.

I have been busy making lentil and mushroom slice for lunch using mushrooms form our "lawn" which OH had checked out at the pharmacy.   Yum.   Dinner tonight has to include sweetcorn and cabbage and broccoli form the garden.    OH has been out there weeding the potager now the soil is all soft and lovely - another 11mm of rain yesterday.

When I had a proper job in an office I had a newspaper cutting on my desk - Two American women overheard talking after a tour of Windsor castle - "Well, it's all very beautiful but I wouldn't have built it so close to the airport".   Clearly listened to very word their guide said.

There was a Tex/Mex princess (3 hours to get dressed, coiffed and made up every morning) in my cookery group for a while, around the time of the 200th birthday of the USA.  She was mortified to discover that our old Belgian farmhouse was older still and had seen Napoleon and all that lot go by on their way to and from Waterloo.  There were also tank track scars in the cobbles made by the Allies chasing Germans back home in 1944.   That same lady tried to do a walking tour of old, cobbled Bruges I'd organised - wearing 4" heels.   

Europe is certainly blessed with some wonderful buildings full of ingenuity, skill and artistry in the conception and construction but there are also some absolute horrors.  I expect we have to have the latter to appreciate the former but I don't see why we can't still strive for beauty in form and function.

I have finally heard from the garden group I joined last April - there's a visit to two gardens tomorrow.  Typically, the forecast is for it to pee down all over all day.   Wellies then. 

It is the season for colds to start - wrap up and take care if you're suffering or just starting the sniffles.  Glad BH is better DL.

Happy Saturday everyone.  Hope you get some good gardening/walking/visiting weather for all your projects.

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Posted: 16/09/2017 at 12:32

Dug up this old thread to wish Busy Lizzie a very happy birthday and a lovely day out with her OH.

Acer advice

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 20:22

This one does grow taller and more tree like than the smaller, hummocky shaped ones and it looks fine to me.

I suggest you plant it out in the garden in a order or as a specimen in your lawn where all round light will help it even up its shape and buy yourself one of the acer palmatum dissectum types that will give you a lower, rounder shape for a pot.

If you do plant it out or even just pot it on so it can grow healthily, soak the pot in a bucket of water till no further air buubles appear then release the root ball from the pot, tease out the roots so they grow outwards rather than round and round, and then plant in good soil or compost at the same depth it was before.  Water well and give it a mulch of gravel, pebbles, chipped slate or chipped bark around the base to preserve moisture and keep down weeds. .

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 20:01

Pat said they were staying overnight in Canberra for early morning medical visits didn't she?

Finding my old posts - not

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 20:00

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