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Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 16:59

I uses to have 3 small integrifolias - alba and rosa but they've not done well at all and all 3 disappeared last year.  This year one has come back but feebly with foliage and no flowers.  Any suggestions?

Neutral clay soil to which I added loads of horse manure as I was also planting roses.  Full south, sheltered and gets a general sprinkle of pelleted chicken manure every spring plus clematis feed on the big clems - Sunset, princess Diana, Betty Corning.   Hendryetta is in that bed too and doing well. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 16:54

That's good but frustrating.  Maybe some yoga or pilates would help strengthen her back if she's going to be gardening long term.

All that jelly sounds good.  We have a rather large and unruly grapevine in the new garden - OH's baby to bring under control - but guess who'll get to deal with the fruits.  maight ask for some recipes next year.

I have cleared 2 large wardrobes.  Contents all boxed up and labelled or chucked or Oxfamed.   One more to do but not much in it.   Piles of fabric are staring at me but chappy says he'l find some 80cm boxes for those so nothing doing till Monday.  Garden shed then.

Pat - have a good sleep and enjoy son's visit.   I'd hide the cat and keep it.   Loads of kittens on offer to free homes on a local website at the mo - can't understand why people don't neuter them.  Can't have one while we still have Pusscat.  She doesn't like cats and gives the dogs filthy looks and a wide berth.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:38

I love these clems.  Alionushka struggled for a couple of years but has finally taken off.  I train it towards a metal mesh grid and it gets to 2.5 metres now.    Hendryetta is another good one which I scramble through a Sceptr'd Isle rose for support and Arabella is lovely too threaded through a cotinus and also as ground cover.

Pruning raspberries

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:15

The best fruits come on new stems which is why the old ones are cut down.   Early fruiters do it on stems produced during the previous season and those stems need cutting back once they'v fruited.  You then tie in the new ones to their supports.

Late fruiters do it on new season's wood so you can cut back now but more usually in February.   The RHS has this advice which may be of help - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/raspberries 

Right Of Way

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:10

You clearly have the answer you need already.   

You clearly do not need a ROW.  Your neighbours don't like the idea of having one formalised as it may devalue their property.   If you do hang on to it it has to be declared if you sell in the future and the resulting problems may well devalue your property and/or make it harder to sell.

Go for peace of mind and good relations and drop the whole thing officially.

Seems obvious to me and everyone who's responded.  Just need to make up your own mind now and get on with it either way.

What can I plant under Dicentra?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 12:59

Maybe the colder winters control it here but it really isn't invasive at all for me.  In fact, I sometimes have to encourage it!   Looks fab in spring with the blue of forget-me-nots and the pink of the geranium macrorhizum and the white dicentras at the back.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 12:19

GWRS - We keep our living room at 18C - bedrooms cooler - and use socks, fleeces, rugs and dogs as necessary if we need extra heat on the hitherto few occasions we're in to sit on a sofa and watch TV.     Won't be out at dancing 5 nights a week when we move - just the one class planned - and we will have a wood burner so we may review that policy.

Good advice about the bank manager. 

Clari - you need some house rules eg - no car or part thereof in the house, ever.   That's what the man shed is for.   Two hours of time in the man shed get you two hours in the house and then the garden till you have a decent living space.   Living with never ending renovations is very wearing on your mental and physical health and probably your relationship.

As for the boss and working conditions - there are legal rules for that.  See here for dimensions and space rules - http://www.healthyworkinglives.com/advice/Legislation-and-policy/employee-issues/welfare-workplace#legal Point boss gently in the right direction then gang up if needs be.

More coffee has been drunk.  Not really kicking in yet.. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:56

They will still have the format and production team, presumably, but you have to wonder how they will manage with a new judging and presenting team and will we see great ads all over the tent for mixers, processors, cake tins, flours, sugars and other essential baking goodies?

Courage Clary.  Nearly done.

OK.  Coffee has brewed so I'm off.  See you later.

Right Of Way

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:43

I agree.  You are the only one who benefits and you already have alternative access if needed and friendly access to the slightly shorter route.  

Making it official will breed resentment.

Let sleeping dogs lie.   Put your neighbours' minds at rest and resume peaceful, friendly relations with them. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:36

Lovely grapes.  Sounds like a good escape too Dove.

Joyce, there is no attic at the new house!   This one is 18m by 7m and has my sewing room, a workshop for upcycling stuff and 2 large storage areas.  There are 3 large wardrobes and lots of shelving and patterns and fabrics and haberdashery and paints and stencils and Xmas decs and lights and so on and so forth...  Most of the sorting and chucking has been done.  Just need to pack it all now.

WW - yes, be careful with your back.   

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