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Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 08:35

Montanas need a permanent support as they only get pruned back after flowering to keep in bounds.   I don't think a cane support would last lore than one season so you'd be back at square one.

Have a look on freecycle to see if anyone has posts - easy enough to dig a hole, and pour in some dry concrete mix while holding the post vertical.   Then, when set, you drill a hole thru and attach the wire.

Failing freecycle, you'll have to "impulse" buy a couple of posts and then add as necessary.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 22:02

Nearly bedtime for me.   Sore ribs have been OK as long as I don't bend over or lift things.   Not easy when trying to sort out a new kitchen and reclaim the dining room.   I've finished my painting, tidied up, played with the dogs, cooked dinner, failed to get the kittens in and they're still outside playing.   Must get the cat flap installed.

Wonky - a new greenhouse will be a source of delight and save you loads growing your own plants from seed and cuttings.  Enjoy.   Hope it makes up for a c**p day.

GWRS - the tonic is for cramps, not gin.  Not really a spirits person.

G'night all.  Sweet dreams.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 17:25

Oh dear.  Hugs for Wonky and Yvie's grandbairns.    

Just got back from buying more paint and Tonic and met our garrulous gendarme neighbour mowing his verges.  Managed to escape after only 20 mins cos I need to finish the painting while the light is still good.

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 17:19

I started taking Possum to Brussels to get her eyebrows threaded and have a facial when she was 16 - didn't want her to start plucking and make a pig's ear as she has strong but well shaped eyebrows.   Got mine done at the same time.  Jolly painful but quick and a very neat job and only needs doing every couple of months.    

Might try and find somewhere round here but it tends only to be the beauticians of middle eastern origin that offer it in Belgium and nary a one in Namur.

I had to go out and get more paint and Tonic and in the intervening period it's started to cloud over.  23C out there and a very light breeze so fab for gardening.  If only.

programmes to watch

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 12:59

Beechgrove starts again this week - repeated on BBC2 on Sunday morning for all those not in Scotland.   Set your recorders if it's too early.

Have set up Vera and Line of Duty and Decline and Fall so I can watch with OH who is away this week.  Never watch non BBC channels live so we can FF the advertising.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 11:37

You should try Beechgrove Frank - Sunday am BBC2.   Covers basics and new stuff and visits and does trials and reports back.

Hi all

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 11:13

I've told OH he has to try this on Bonzo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMdQXEOMAM0 

If it works, the bloody Dyson will be good for something!

Laurel removal

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 11:11

Yes, but you'll need to do it soon and make sure they don't go thirsty for the rest of this summer.  Water them well and leave to soak for an hour or so and then dig up with as much root and surrounding soil as you can.  Re-plant at the same depth and water well.   Maybe give a mulch of chipped bark to retain moisture round their roots.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 11:04

The NHS is great when it works but, unfortunately, that depends a lot on where you are and who's running your service.  FIL had a dreadful time - not being diagnosed for eye troubles which led to him being almost blind, not being diagnosed for lung cancer so a rapid and painful decline when it was too late to help, MIL not being diagnosed with dementia - only got that sorted and FIL's stuff after a visit to us in Belgium and I had to get the other SIL/DIL on the case - home helps, day care and so on and she lives 200 miles away but did go down and sort stuff.

60k sounds a bit excessive, even with lots of kit.   I am discovering I may have too many spices....

Your cottage kitchen looks very calm and pretty without being frilly.   Went for dinner in Austin, Texas once with a colleague of OH when he was there for 4 months in 1988 and she had adopted the whole frontier style - patchwork, gingham, swags, hearts and bows everywhere.   Antidote to her OH perhaps - hunter, shooter, fisher who drove round with a rifle strapped to his Ute and liked to be in bed by 10pm.  Been abroad once, in the early 80s and thought London was mad because he couldn't get dinner at 6pm and too much traffic.

Wonky needs to take lots of photos and mark pieces with a good marker pen.

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Save my hedge?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:59

Once you've removed the dead trees and branches, give them a generous sprinkling of something like pelleted chicken manure around the roots and then a good long soak with the hosepipe - unless you've had lots and lots of rain recently.   Conifers do tend to strip the nutrients and moisture out of the soil so giving them an extra feed and a drink will help strengthen them.

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