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Grass seeding steep bank

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:18

what a good idea. I wondered if it might not be such a good idea to grass an area. Strimming and mountain goat are a couple of words that come to mind. Been, there, done that! 

help have i killed my clematis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 08:15

The Montanas are a very forgiving Clematis. it's hard to kill one off by pruning it too hard, but on the other hand if you have pruned it back into old wood, it might take a while to recover. If you have left a fair bit of greenery on, it won't hurt at all.


More plants to identify - Stachys or not ??!!

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:36

Try Stachys nemerosa, very similar to the one i have.

The second plant sounds similar to a form of Verbena Bonariensis. Square stems etc. I have had stems of this family grow out of the top of a flower head and produce a smaller flower head which then continued on up.

Rambling Rose

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 09:12

Any idea what the variety is? It may not be repeat flower. It may have brought into flower for the selling purposes and the flowers are now fading. Are there any new buds? Or it may not have been kept outside. Location of pot may be vital too. Is it in a sheltered position. Does it need re potting? Maybe a couple of pics would help. One of the roses and another of the pot surface.

Mystery plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 09:08

leycesteria is known as Pheasant berry due to it's being used as Pheasant cover. They love the berries too.

How do I keep a Hydrangea white

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 09:06

If you have a border that gets early morning sun a white hydrangea will be ever so prolific in flowers. Acid to neutral soil is also ok. but dappled shade all day would be better as the blooms would be protected from heavy rain. I have 'annabelle' She is beautiful and has huge flower heads, but they get so heavy that in a rain they fall over. They are good in flower arrangments.  

tall and sweet smelling plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 08:57

Unfortunately with the weather we've been having, the soil in the run turns sour quicker. It is a very unpleasant smell if you're not used to it. There are several shrubs that are scented, but I find they aren't strong enough to mask any smells as you have to get up close to sniff. But things like Philadelphus 'Belle Etoille' has a strong scent, but then it's stronger in the evening. You would need to buy large plants to have immediate effect, which could prove to be expensive.  Unfortuantely unless your neighbour can move the run area for his hens, he / she is unlikely to want to dig over the bare soil. The hens would love it, but then it would quickly become muddy in the rain we're going to get for the next couple of weeks.


Posted: 06/07/2012 at 10:39

i agree with you lucky.................. On dr's orders i have to use sun lotion factor 50 on the back of my hands and forearms. Why can't some companies make a sun lotion that has insect repellant in it. Like tea tree oil. or sommat similar.


Posted: 06/07/2012 at 08:53

I Live in west Wales and no it's not just scotland. I noticed clouds of them in January buzzing above the grass. We have several springs popping up here and there, and with the chicken manure I have dotted about on the plottie, They are everywhere. When I go to put the hens away at night, I have to cover up as much as poss. During the day when I am gardening the blighters attack me, so I bruise and rub ground elder leaves or mint and rub that everywhere exposed. Less of a problem then. 

nepeta(cat mint) from seed

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 07:41

I nip out a couple of the shoots, so that it flowers longer and it does bush out a bit more.

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