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Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 21:51

David K - the night shot above was exposure 30 seconds to get the red light trail of a car going past.  Aperture was F/16 so that the street lights would give me the starry effect.  ISO was 100.  And yes, tripod absolutely necessary.

I have quite shaky hands even for normal shots handheld these days so I'm trying to discipline myself to use a tripod more often.  But, I never remember what I've learned and I get more 'snaps' than shots to be honest.  Early days with a DSLR and I'm finding it tricky.  But it's like gardening, very therapeutic and you can often try everything again and again. 

Clematis - can I prune now to stop growth?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 15:11

Hah - green-fingered finch - my record with clematis is NOT good!  My latest exploits are pictured on another thread today - I think it was Garden photos 2016 or something - so  you will see I have disasters as well.  It's probably luck that the one I mentioned above didn't go into shock and is looking good now!

I should have consulted Richard on the others I think.  Yes, I'm learning that my clems in pots aren't the best idea - though I know people who seem to have great success with them in pots.  I just need to learn much more - which is why this forum is so valuable.  It's great to learn of others experiences and also to know that we can all mess up sometimes and just have a go again.

My flowers ..

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 15:06

aym 280 absolutely love those California poppies.  So bright and cheery.  They're lovely plants.  I had some last year but sowed them far too late and whilst some flowered the plants flopped down all the time and never stood up.  I probably didn't have enough other foliage around to give them support.  It's lovely to see them in your garden.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:58

Been drizzling pretty much nonstop since last night but lovely patterns of raindrops on some plants - and the resin frogs look happy!!

Gardener has given up the ghost for the day though!

Last edited: 27 May 2016 14:59:05

Turtle Doves

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:38

I've never seen real Turtle Doves either.  They look absolutely lovely.  I second Dovefromabove - lucky you Singing Gardener.

When will we know the name of the new sweetpea?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:33

Harriet - I'd also love to know which name was chosen.  Did you all enter?  (I didn't - hadn't been on this site for months due to health things but it would be great if someone from here chose the winning name). Exciting stuff!

Last edited: 27 May 2016 14:33:59

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:26

What fabulous blooms you all have and fantastic to see the range of plants in all the photos.  Nothing much blooming here yet after the early Spring usuals but a lot of promising foliage.

Otherwise - having a fight with old clematis, a few which have decided to flop on me this year - all my fault from not paying enough attention.  Clem Polish Spirit planted I think 4 years ago in a pot - first year fantastic blooms.  Last year, tons of foliage, no flowers at all.  Couple of weeks ago it took me over an hour after a good few soaks to remove it from the pot and no wonder it wasn't ever coming to anything.  Pot-bound.  Roots were enormous.  Needed the wheelbarrow as I couldn't even lift it.  There was a lesson in neglect and ignorance.  I've chopped it to base and planted it in an enormous hole hoping it will send out shoots sometime later.

Beautiful 'Rebecca' which bloomed in great style for 2 years - was not pot bound.  Looked as normal until a few weeks ago then it completely wilted.  So now it's in the 'hospital' bed also cut to base but showing signs of little shoots coming up now.

'Miss Bateman' bought last year late in the season - decided to pot it to keep it over the winter.  It has come up but it is also starting to wilt.  It was re-potted in fresh compost to get it over winter but the leaves seem to have a rust type infection.  Not sure what it is.  I don't want to put it in the ground until I know what this is.  Any idea anyone?  Should I burn it or persevere?

Miss Bateman pic 1

Miss Bateman leaves pic 2

I have a few other clematis who are doing just fine in the ground and in pots.  I just haven't paid enough attention to what was going on with these ones.

Apologies if I should have put these on a new thread instead of this one.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 14:29:10

Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:01

Aha!  Thanks punkdoc and Fairygirl.  Fairygirl - Carex oshimensis Evergold certainly sounds familiar.  I'm thinking you must be right.  Thank you.

Clematis - can I prune now to stop growth?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:42

Hi green fingered finch.

I've managed to very gently detach a pot-growing clematis from trellis, got it out of its pot, transplanted it in the ground, stuck an obelisk on top and very gently wound the stems around the obelisk starting at the bottom.  There was 5ft of growth and about a dozen stems - but doing it very gently I've managed to make the change.

I don't know if you'd want to try it - but if you can be careful with it - you might be able to do something similar and maintain successful growth.

I watered it with a bucket of water before doing anything and when I transplanted it and tied it in to the obelisk, I watered it, gave it a feed and after 5 days it looks very happy.  Maybe more of a risk for you to try if you already have blooms - I don't know.  Mine is just budding now.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 13:44:31

New Strawberries

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:17

I've never grow strawberries really and the 'perceived wisdom' in books has put me off putting them in the garden - as well as really not having enough space.  However, last year I bought a couple of plants from a well-known DIY store discount shelf and I put them in a hanging basket.  I never 'hung' the basket and left it in the 'tools' corner.

I came across both plants last week and found that they had grown so I've potted them in terracotta pots and both have produced flowers since last week.  I'm not sure what to do with them now.  I like the foliage so I'm not desperate for 'good' fruit - but as they look so well in this their second year I'd thought I'd leave them to do their own thing.

Does the appearance of flowers herald fruit starting to grow sometime soon?  I gave them a liquid feed last week as well - the compost is Innes 3 mixed with some farmyard manure.  Not sure if that was a good idea either but it was what I had left.

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