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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:03

Like Busy, I lost my vote after 15yrs of living in Belgium where I could vote for the local council and the EU but not parliament cos the Flems vetoed it thinking all the expats would vote for French speaking parties as they can't speak Flemish.  Going to vote is a legal requirment but many spoil their papers in protest at the system or politics in general.

Was a wake till 5:30 this morning with cramps and busy-brain-itis so feeling a bit bleugh today but have done some painting of the wall.   More painting after this coffee break.

Sunny here with cloudy bits and quite pleasant.  I hope things brighten up in Blighty for the weekend.

Well done Busy and DD for the china tea cups.  Great idea.

Last edited: 08 June 2017 14:03:44

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 13:50

I'd love to be able to take my dogs to the big RHS gardens as we take them with us when we visit family in the UK and it means I can't go to Wisley on the way there or back.  Of course, they would need to add extra bins for poo bags strict rules about cleaning up after them.  I would n't dream of taking a dog to a crowded show.  Too uncomfortable for them.

Hosta - I think bearded dragons at a show would definitely stop the traffic!

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 22:51

We went to a local pumpkin fare one October and the rain was so bad all the cars had to be towed out of the fields by tractors.   Took hours.  Occupational hazard at country fairs, no matter who organises it.

Storm casualties - what can I do?

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 22:11

Emphasis on the 1st syllable then a short "atis".   More than one clems is a "joy" of clems.  Love them, especially the group 3s which are easiest to prune and generally flower for longer than the others and at a time of year when you don't need to rug up to go and appreciate them..

Top heavy clematis

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 22:01

It sounds like a group 2 which means a light pruning and a good feed of slow release clematis, rose or tomato after the first flush of flowers in May/June to promote a second flush later in summer.

I suggest you remove all the flower heads so it doesn't waste energy on the seeds and then take half of the stems back to just above the lowest 2 pairs of leaves.   Leave the cut stems to wilt a week or so.  It will make them easier to pull out from their base without damaging the remaining stems.   Given a good feed and watreing during dry spells it should grow new stems which will flower lower down.

If that all sounds too complicated, dead head and feed anyway and then, next spring, cut it down to the lowest pair of buds on each stem and feed generously.  It will grow a complete new set of stems you can train across the supports and then keep in bounds by training as it grows and gives you new flowering stems.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:31

Need a lot of chocolate then!

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:16

I am a regular visitor to Chelsea which has been going for over 100 years.  There is never enough seating for lunch/snacks etc and none at all in the main show garden and pavilion areas.  I always take a black plastic bin bag to sit on, a sandwich or baguette and bottled water to avoid long queues and high prices.

Definitely book a wheelchair ahead or take a lightweight folding seat if there are none left and you have people with mobility problems booked to go with you.   Wear comfy clothes and shoes.

Above all, enjoy yourselves.    

Is it worth planting a weak clematis (Perle d'Azur, Group 3)

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 19:36

I now always plant new clematis in big pots so I can nurture them and let them develop a strong root system before I sling them out in the hurly burly of the borders.  I do this because I have lost clems planted too soon - tho most do reappear, magically, a couple of years later.  I have lost others to OH being just a tad vigorous with the hoeing!

Try potting yours up and giving it good John Innes no 3 compost mixed with a  bit of MPC for moisture retention and water it well.  Give it an occasional feed of liquid tomato fertiliser to help it along.   Make sure you water it well first and plant it 3 or 4 inches/10cms deeper than it was in its pot to encourage new shoots to grow from the roots.   Cut it back to a healthy pair of leaves.

Look after it, give it some canes for support and then protect it over winter and plant it out next spring.

Plant suggestions greatfully received!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 19:29

Hosta Gold Edger copes with full sun.  It's small, but not tiny, so is good for edging borders - hence the name and would be fine in a pot if you can protect it from deep frost in winter and keep it watered in summer.  They don't like deep frozen roots or thirst.

However, you may want to consider shrubs which can cope outside all year.   I have successfully grown cream and green variegated euonymous in pots for years along with a variegated pieris - smart new red foliage in spring then creamy flowers - and trailing creamy variegated ivy.   They stood in matching pots either side of my front door in Belgium all winter and withstood -15C.  I put pansies in the gaps for winter and pelargoniums in summer for added colour.

There must be other shrubby combinations that would answer.

Last edited: 07 June 2017 19:29:59

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 15:33

Having experienced 2 or 3 bouts of unseasonally strong winds this spring I have decided we will be building permanent Munty frames for any future bean and bean and other climbing crops.   Can't be doing with chasing canes all over the place.

Just been looking at our other trees and there are two more dodgy looking ash and some goat willows that can go if we ever get a tree surgeon to come.  OH is clearing away walnut tree bits, aided and abetted - well supervised really - by the two dogs and Minstrel.   Cosmos is not a gardener.

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