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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?

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:36

Even if it doesn't come back now, the roots should still be OK.  I've had clems come back from the dead after 2 years of inactivity, especially group 3s.   They can also take a year or two to get their roots well established before putting on lots of lovely flowering top growth.

Feed it next spring in late Feb with slow release clematis food and start with the wildlife friendly slug pellets straight away and sprinkle them very lightly, but regularly every week.    If you get a dry spell, give the clematis a good drink of 5 litres or more at a time every few days.   Water it anyway with tomato food until flowering starts.    


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:53

See this thread -

They don't need acid soil but they do need never to dry out.   My one in a pot gets alkaline tap water and is fine.  The three in the garden get rainwater with top ups of hard water form the hose when we have a drought.

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:48

In that case I suspect you have to be in a warmer climate to get the berries.  I've never seen any on our rhus typhina dissecta and I've had it 25 years.   I shall go and investigate closer this autumn.

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

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:15

Mine took years to flower too but now it does it twice.   This May we had the best ever show and then it produced some more in late July.  

Worth waiting for.

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:44

No idea how to gather it or prepare it for storing. I bought my sumac online.  It gives a lemony flavour without being too tart.  Very good sprinkled on the skin before roasting a chicken and features a lot in Persian cuisine.

Beware - sumac berries that make the spice are not the same thing as the stag horn sumach in your garden -  

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