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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 00:04

Great temperature today in Norfolk, with breeze. Very pleasant.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:57

Fairygirl: it was the previous climbers we had that were well over the wall from both sides - much stronger shoots and branches, (honeysuckle) and very easy for the mice to climb up.

Once I dug all the old climbers out, and had the (unsafe) wall rebuilt without any plants growing up, the mice did not come back again like they had after previous pest treatments 

I think the pest control man was right that that's how they got into our loft and I don't want to risk it again. The clematis is no risk yet, I know, but with the capability of growing 20 foot or more it is only a matter of time? So I need to keep it contained and, preferably, bushing out nearer the ground.

I used vine eyes on the adjoining wall, (on the other side) to train the wisteria (also pictured somewhere on this forum). The thing is I just don't want the clematis going over the top; I want to keep it low (even though I know that is not its nature. 

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:39
fidgetbones wrote (see)

My dad decided to cut the hedge while mum was out shopping. Trouble is we didn't have a hedge. It was a shrub border and the philadelphus and Lavatera Barnsley were about to flower. He cut all the flower buds off.

Mum didn't speak to him for three weeks

Fidgetbones: OUCH! What bothers me is I'm not all sure I've not been pulling up flowers myself  through not recognising them. I have borders full of colour at present - none of which I planted, or can remember planting.

But I CAN remember humming and hahing over all sorts of weedy looking bits lying at ground level a couple of months ago. They turned into all sorts of tall, colourful wonders, including huge poppies that are about to open. 


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:24

Great looking hanging basket   Deano - are they Petunias? (I'm still not so hot on plant recognition) 

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:18

Holliehock - that's a hedged garden, unfortunately a gradually dying hedge - going brown with the dreaded mite that kills leandii.

But I do have a wall - you can see a bit of it on the Garden Gallery thread (page 38) showing off my clematis.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:10

Artjak: not me, honest guv  - (I think that would have been when I was in my garden starting pruning my plum tree )

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 16:39

That's really lovely gardeningfantic.

Is it fairly hardy? I note you're a bit further south than I am.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 16:33
Here it is.

 Close of of vigorous shoots going too high.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 16:31

Talking of clematis - I have a lovely young C. Montana - Broughton Star doing well.

I planted it last year when it was barely a 2ft tall stalk, but with glossy healthy side leaves. It is now clearly very happy! 

Now around 7 ft tall and looking very pretty in its 'youthful days' I want to encourage more bushing out lower down to get a spread of flowers there ... and I also need to keep it from reaching the top of the wall. 

(When we had mice in our loft space a few years back we were advised by the Pest Control guy that its' having climbers against house walls that enable the mice to invade.)

So I wonder whether it would be effective to keep cutting off the vigorous shoots coming out everywhere (except the lower bit, unfortunately)? Does anyone have any experienced advice on this, please?

I'll try to get a phot out in text post. (!!!!)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 16:15
Singy wrote (see)

Hi Birdy,

The price for the pots in this instance are terracotta multi hole planters.

Singy: you didn't 'arf do well!  

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