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Posted: Yesterday at 13:41

I can't help with the jasmine but I do find that clematis can spend a year or two getting their roots settled before they put on significant growth and flowers.  They also need careful planting - deeper than they were in their original pot - and plenty of food and water as they tend to be hungry, thirsty plants.

How and where did you plant it?  Deep?  In a pot?  In the soil?

Clematis montana are classed as group 1 for pruning.  This simply means you only prune them after flowering and only if they need to be kept in bounds.   A young one should nt yet need pruning but yu may want to guide any new shoots it makes as horizontally or diagonally as possible to encourage extra shoots and flowers.

Clematis generally appreciate a generous dollop of slow release specialist clematis food in spring but rose or tomato food will do.  Occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato food between spring and the end of June will help too.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: Yesterday at 13:35

I used to go on my own to plant fairs in spring and autumn and buy treasures direct form nursery men and women.  Cost me a fortune and then, when I'd ask OH to weed a bed for me he'd just pull up everything rather than take the time to distinguish weeds.   We had the most expensive compost heap in Belgium!

Then I decided I'd get him to come, tempting him with wild mushrooms on toast at one of the catering stands and he'd pay for maybe half the plants and help carry.  Did it make him realise teh cost of his weeding habits?  No - so I engaged a friend of a friend to come and do 5 hours every 2 weeks and we have become firm friends and did plant swaps and she'll come and visit now we've moved.   OH had to pay her and the compost heaps grew - but not with treasures.

He's now happy to come to plant fairs as long as he gets a local beer and some good food.

We don't drink tea but I do have some bone china mugs with cats on. 

Pricking out grass (probably silly question)

Posted: Yesterday at 13:06

These grasses are usually grown as ornamentals rather than a lawn so yes, prick them out into small pots and grow them on.   Lift them carefully with a pencil or old dinner fork so you don't disturb the roots.  You could put several in one small pot to make it easier and grow them on.  They can always be divided later if they get too vigorous.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: Yesterday at 11:34

Great pictures FG.  Full of tone and texture.  Who'd have thought red deer liked to sunbathe while waiting for thei choc digestives?  Can't imagine what that does to their digestive system but O know what carbs do to my Labrador......  Have to stay upwind!.

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 11:12

GWRS - sounds grim.  Get well soon.

FG - I am supposed to be painting Possum's bedroom in the ams and gardening in the pms.  Not going to happen now.  Even walking is painful today so no walkies with the hounds either.    They'll have to chase each other round the garden but I need to rig a barrier to stop them trampling the newly worked potager which is looking good already.

Learned that lesson in Belgium when we had a man do the same to prepare our 45 are garden for sowing grass seed.  3 cows escaped form the paddock across the road and trampled craters all over before 2 climbed over the barbed wire fence to get to the cows in the paddock next door.   Policemen came to control the traffic while the cows were recaptured by their owners.  Lots of jokes about Mad Cows, us being British and all.  Ho-ho.

I have sent that link to OH.  He can try it with his bloody Dyson.  My robot does rugs but not lumpy dogs.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: Yesterday at 10:09

I think the difference is the lack of cliffs and also generally calmer air currents.  7 years ago storm Xynthia flattened parts of the coast near here and killed 47 people but there were winds up to 200kph.  Nothing remotely like that this winter thank goodness. 

Good Book

Posted: Yesterday at 09:51

I'd start with Alan Titchmarsh too.   You can buy the DVDs for both series on Amazon and borrow the books from the library.  He starts with how plants grow and what they need to grow well then goes on to how to use plants and design a garden.   

Another good set of books would be Geoff Hamilton's Paradise Gardens and ornamental Kitchen Gardens, also with DVDs available form Amazon.  You can sometimes find the books in charity shops or borrow them from the library.

You'll learn loads from this pair and can then branch out to more specialised books by people like Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd for plants or people like Dan Pearson for design,   

Resurrected Nine

Posted: Yesterday at 09:23

Good morning.   Lovely cat stories and photos.

We once had a young cat come home stinking of white spirit.  She'd obviously jumped into a bucket of it somewhere cos she had a tidemark half way up her belly.  Needed a good bath and shampoo to clean all that off and then all the affected fur fell out.   Hilarious to see and a good job it was summer.

Sacha, the angry cat, did finally accept the kitten and went all doo-lally again and promptly got herself run over and killed when not paying proper attention.   So did the kitten 2 years later.  Anothe rescue kiiten lost a leg to a car.   We gave up on taking in kittens and ended up with just the abandoned cat we adopted after finding her starving and cold in our barn.   She hated other cats too and didn't approve of dogs either.  She died in October - cancer of the spine poor thing.

Lovely clear skies last night when I let the dogs out before bed.   Too far south for aurora but there are no street lights here so we get great swathes of stars - far more than we could see in light polluted Belgium.   

Mulching with woodchips

Posted: Yesterday at 09:04

Direct and thick layers.   No membrane means the chips can gradually rot into teh soil and provide food and shelter for micro organisms that will improve you soil - assuming it's untreated wood.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 09:03

Good morning all.

Decrepit Obxx today.  I managed to fall yesterday and bash my rear left middle and ribs and today I am exceedingly stiff and sore.   Bummer cos today was going to be a morning of painting followed by a pm of walkies and gardening.

Chappy has turned up with a small tractor to riddle the potager and make it smooth.   Then he'll check the gates in the new fence are OK and that's him done till they come back with a bulldozer to address the pond which is now just a mass of dried bull rush and brambles.

Kitchen man is here to finish off so this evening was going to be putting everything back but that will have to wait a day or two now.    I might have to find some puzzles to do for today.

Sorry you've been crook GWRS?   FG - hope your sore bits ease soon or at least in time for next Sunday's walk.  LP - hope his passport comes soon.   There's always Whitsun and other hols. 

Hello to everyone I've missed and happy gardening or garden dreaming.

Why, with all the sophisticated telescopes and radioscopes all over the world are they telling us there's a hidden planet and asking for amateur help?

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