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Posted: 24/04/2017 at 22:22

Clematis climb by using tendrils to wind round any support they can find, be it another plant or a trellis or wires or an obelisk.  There are also non clinging types, as mentioned above, but they do need guiding into support plants and won't be able to grip on a fence.

Once you get past that little difficulty, there are hundreds of summer flowering clematis in many colours and sizes with bell shaped flowers or open flowers. 

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 22:18

I tend to find them dry and a bit boring so have always made moist cakes with fruit and or nuts or veg in: almond, apple, banana, beetroot, carrot, chocolate, citrus, coconut, parsnip, raspberry, rhubarb and the like.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:49

Thing is, I never make sponge cakes.   Carrot cakes, apple cakes, chocolate, all sorts but not sponge.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:38

Really?  Never saw duck eggs in Belgium but I can get them here.  Can I just use one duck egg for one hen's egg or do I have to mess about with quantities?

Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:35

Rhododendrons do not cope well with any alkalinity in the soil or their water so you need to get a soil test kit from your garden centre and test the soil for being either neutral or acid which is OK.   However, if it's alkaline, you'll need to dig up your rhodo and plant it in a large pot with ericaceous compost.  Cover the drainage holes with crocks to allow free drainage.

If your tap water is hard, you also need to collect rainwater to use for watering, especially in a pot.  You can also use a solution of sequestered iron which helps ericaceous plants access iron, an essential mineral for plant health.

Another consideration is competition for nutrients so, if your soil is OK, clear all that grass from around its base to a width at least 6 inches beyond its current size and then mulch it with something like chipped bark to a depth of at least 2".   This will help retain moisture as well as keep down weeds.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:08

Dove - did you see that posh full Irish on Masterchef?  Looked wonderful, even if she did mess up the duck egg.

Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:05

Do you mean rhododendron?  Which variety?

Have you planted it in a pot or in the ground?  What is the compost or soil like?  Are you using tap water or rain water?


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:00

Peonies are not bulbs but are perennials.  They are often considered difficult but that's because they are fussy about planting depth - too shallow or too deep and they won't flower.

Here's some info on cultivation from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=671 It includes advice on planting depth and growing in containers.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:18

Or convert it to a planter and buy a new one.

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