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Today's observations?

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:00

Usual suspects in my garden - sparrows, assorted tits, robins, woodpeckers, turtle doves, wren.  No chaffinches today.  

In the paddock we have a flight of 7 or 8 Egyptian geese doing aerial circuits.   The Canada geese have gone foraging but will be back to sleep later and there are mallards and moorhens in the stream as well as 2 great egrets who have arrived for winter and the heron family which isn't that keen on sharing the territory but can't bully them like they do the small egrets.

Clematis Wesselton

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 18:20

I should think it would recover well if you give it a good soak now to re-hydrate it and then a good feed in spring.   I wouldn't prune just yet as any dead top growth will take the frosts and protect the rest of the plant.   However, when growth restarts, I'd tidy each stem back to a pair of healthy buds.

When you do plant it out, make sure it gets a good deep hole and is planted at least 3 to 4 inches deeper than it was in its pots as this encourages extra stems to grow.  Incorporate some well-rotted garden compost into the hole and the soil you use to back fill and make sure it gets a good feed of clematis food every spring.

Train the stems as horizontally as possible to encourage flower power.

Fidgetbones - Hen party

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 18:14

Sounds wonderful but I won't be able to join you as we have dance classes and new members to look after.   I shall send you some of my famous parmesan and oat biscuits for savouries and some lemon Carnival biscuits and some pink fizz.  A girl's gotta have pink fizz to celebrate..   

Fellas should be part if the fun.   I had a hag night as I invited boy and girl friends to mine - many moons ago.

Plant Supports for Perennials

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 15:02

It is and with these you can buy the 5m lengths of metal rod and cut them in 2 for tall plants then bend them to size.   I use this size very successfully for echinops, purple phlomis, helianthemums and so on and they do the job well whilst being invisible most of the season.    


Posted: 06/10/2015 at 13:57

They don't want a bog but they don't want to be thirsty either so be prepared to water to get them established and again if you get dry periods.  Clematis can take 2 years to get their roots well established to support a healthy plant.

Have a look at this sit which allows you to type in aspect, colour, flowering period and so on  to get a selection of clems that will suit - I would suggest plants in the Group 3 pruning group as they tend to have the longest flowering period and the easiest pruning regime.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 22:14

Yesterday was my favourite autumn plant fair so OH and I went there for a gander and some lunch.  Was very restrained with my buying - 3 heuchera Georgia Plum and 3 persicaria amplexicaulis Amethyst, 35 Thalia daffs, 30 nectaroscordums and 15 leucojum bulbs.

Today I've planted the heuchera in a sunny sheltered spot at the front and then forked over a bit of cleared bed near the pond and planted out some large, double orange hemerocallis given me by a friend and some filipendulas lifted from another bed.  They can spread as much as they like as long as they doen't swamp the new persicarias which I've planted in front along with some foxgloves and silver leaved pulmonarias I have saved from other beds.   Stuck some of the Thalia daffs in between and then had to come in and clean up for a committee meeting.

Rain arrived as forecast at about 7pm and is due to stay for teh rest of this week so I shall do things like potting on of seedlings and clearing of old toms in the greenhouse and my patchwork class homework.

Really like the idea of a white marsh marigold.   Must look out for those.

If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 17:13

Jo47 - love that hat.  LP - you'd take off in that hat if the breeze got you!  Hosta I loather baseball caps.  No-one looks good in them especially when worn back to front.

OH is a nice OH but then he does have to make up for an awful lot of golf!   


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:56

Loads of clematis should like a north aspect but you really do have to get the soil preparation and planting and feeding right for them to thrive.

If you can stretch training wires across you can also grow climbing roses such as Golden Showers, Mme Alfred Carrière, New Dawn but again, they need careful soil preparation as they, like clems, are thirsty hungry plants. 

If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:54

I'm not bored.  I've been planting and then walked the dogs and gleaned potatoes left from the harvest in the field behind and now I have to clean downstairs as we have a dance club committee meeting here this evening.

Still wouldn't wear a hat tho I do concede to a hood in winter when it's cold and wet and even those don't stay on easily.   Big round head and lots of smooth straight hair so they don't suit me with it hanging loose and and won't stay on with my hair up.

OH is bored at work so has booked us a return train and overnight hotel so we can go to the Cologne Xmas market in Xmas week and visit the cathedral and an art gallery full of Flemish masters.  Sometimes bored is good.


If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:38

No hat is safe with me.  I don't like them and they don't like me.

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