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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 15:29

NB - send a perfectly cool but polite email to shed man explaining the difference between glazing bar and glazing sheet and stating you had said very clearly "bar!".  Do not pay any of that conservatory bill till you're satisfied it's all done satisfactorily and tell them so.   Should concentrate their minds.

Busy - re piano keyboard - yes, so we're off to Nantes for the day on Friday to try out keyboards and visit the Japanese garden.

Cheyn - yes, La Rochelle is an hour to the south of us.

We have been and booked Harry in for a check as Possum and I think his brake pads are squealing all the time.  Cloth ears can't hear it but has bowed to female pressure.  Been to buy MPC for conditioning the wisteria bed.  It'll probably faint but the bulbs will need it to do well and I can water with impunity of Possum and Cloth Ears go surfing.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 14:13

Busy - tell OH if he doesn't occasionally just stop and breathe eh'll not get much past 27!

We have been to La Roche-s-Y this am to look at surf boards and, of course, the ones for people Possum's height are not on sale!   Oh well, OH is the same height so he can play with it when she's not here and he's daft/insensitive enough to do it without a wet suit which we also had to get for her.

After that a short shop in the SM and courgette fritters for lunch.  Now it's my turn - compost and tent pegs so I can finish my bulb and cyclamen planting project in the wisteria bed while they go out to play with the surf board.  Tent pegs are to anchor the metal pergola thingy we bought for the garden table.

We used to get low flying sound barrier breaking jobbies from Beauvechain flying over our Belgian house, so low the sound sucked the double glazing.  We also got low flying hot air ballons.  Rasta would go and bark and tell them to stay out of her garden but Bozo would dive under the desk.  Didn't like the noise of the burners.

DL - we used to have 7 cats at one point and took 5 to Belgium when we moved there in 1991.   Lost 3 to old age and 2 to cars.   Adopted this pair of kittens at the end of November.

Hosta - fingers crossed then.

Happy gardening, or whatever else veryone is doing.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 08:26

Good morning everyone.    Another cool and cloudy day here but no rain and no gardening just yet.  Have to go hunting electronic keyboards (type electric piano into google in France and it gives you range cookers) and look at surf boards and wet suits in the sales.

Minstrel has become an enabler.  She catches wee meeces and voles and leaves the corpses indoors for Cosmos to practise hunting.   He's still on chasing flies and killing my elastic hair bands.  Not an outdoorsy cat, especially in hot weather.

LG - Hugs. A wrench but also a rite of passage for most of us.

Pat - that does look very dry.  Hope you get rain soon.

LP - enjoy your family and all the little ones especially.

Have a good day everyone.  Hope you get warm weather for your projects but not too hot.

Clematis princess Diana

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 23:07

I always give clematis a year or two in a big pot before I plant them out in the borders.  Planted deeper than they were in their original pot and given some good compost with regular feeds and watering, they will be able to concentrate on root development without any competition.   Keeping the pot cool as Borderline suggests you should see some healthy new growth by the end of August.

Keep it that way thru autumn then shelter it form heavy frosts over the winter.   Bring it back out into sunshine next March and cut off all the top growth.  Feed, top dress and water well and it should grow well next year and then you can try planting it out next autumn - again deeper than it was in its pot - or shelter it and leave planting out till the following spring if you have hard winters.

Feed and prune every March.  There are special slow release foods available for clematis but rose or tomato feed will do the jobe too.

Magnolia Grandiflora

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 20:50

Try feeding it some slow release rose or tomato feed in spring and a couple of drinks of liquid tomato food in late spring and early summer.  This may encourage it to form flower buds.

Montana Taking off!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 20:47

Not f the aim is to have flowers in spring!   Montanas only get woody and twiggy if their owner neglects the pruning and training.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 20:45

I was wondering what the pack had to be suspicious about.  Possum, here for the summer, has been checking dates on the ketchup bottle (which only shes uses) and other stuff and has let us know what will soon be past it.  The earliest is September or October.  We shall ignore them as usual.  If it goes a funny colour or smells off we chuck stuff out but not before.

Clari - that block was homework for a class I took to find out how to get all the points to meet up after trying on my own and missing a trick or two.

Cheyn - lovely to have a visitor unless you're allergic of course.   Cats used to think our house in Harrow was a hotel or a refuge.

Montana Taking off!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 20:11

It's one of the clems that flowers early on last season's growth so let it grow, keep it trained to its supports and give it a feed of liquid tomato food to help with flower formation.

As Fidget says, prune after flowering finishes next spring but only if it needs keeping in bounds.  Otherwise, feed it some slow release clematis food next spring and carry on training it and tieing it in to its support.

Talkback: Geoffrey Smith

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 18:48

Have you looked on you tube?   Found this 13 minute bit of the fruit garden.  There may be more if you look harder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ZSPCs8yTY

Rubber plant

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 18:43

Flower spikes?   Not convinced that's a ficus elastica rubber plant.

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