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Slugs and their nemesis

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:54

Big horrid looking slugs eat little damaging slugs, so having a good mixture of types is a good thing.  The little keel ones are the monsters as far as your garden is concerned, they eat roots, stems, leaves and any other parts of plants that they can reach - and they can reach them all!  

how much to chop

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:53

Yes, give them both a severe cut, I'd be inclined to do it in October as that is when I tend to do all mine, I'm always afraid that if I do it is Spring I'll lose all the flowers - though with the fuchsias that is very unlikely as they really are as tough as old boots.  In some milder areas they are used as hedges and trimmed with hedge cutters like any other hedge, and still flower like mad.  Not so certain about the honeysuckle - no experience with that.  Feed and water, feed again in the spring and off they will go. 

Clematis

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:50

Clematis are very hungry and thirsty plants.  They like to have their roots in the shade, and their heads in the sunshine.  Plant a couple of feet away from the wall, into d DEEP hole, fill with much organic material, use a mycorrhizal powered of gel on the roots, lots of water, mulch thickly with organic material, water and feed with clematis feed regularly.   Much also depends upon which kind of clematis you plant, some such as clematis montana can cover several meters of area in both directions, and be a couple of meters thick as well.  Some, little alpinas for example, are not as vigorous but look lovely climbing through other shrubs, or even other clematis.  The combination of roses and clematis is well known because it is extremely attractive and affective.  Jasmines need a lot of light, and a fair bit of warmth as well - if there are big shrubs growing in front of them, they will just give up and die (I've done this more than once!). 

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 18:21

Not wrong there Y, when did you last see a book that tells you that most raspberries become rampant thugs?  But they certainly do …….

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 17:10

Let's hope your fingers don't get cramp!! I've still got some small bits of it around, I refuse to allow it to flower - this is NOT the one which would lead to money, the pretty coloured ones are, and although they run a little,  they are nothing like the original orange - which is nearly as good/bad as evening primrose - not quite as bad as mile-a-minute vine, but heading in that direction! 

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:07

That is why they are so successful at overrunning the countryside - and your border!

Containers in front of it might be an answer, but as the others say, nothing will grow at its feet. 

Plants to pot in a little wheelbarrow?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:05

It is getting a bit late to plant alot for colour now, try a local garden centre and see what they have in the way of bright annuals for the end of the year.  Later, put little bulbs in it for Spring joy, scilla biflora for example, tiny daffs maybe.  

Bright colours over the next few months are unlikely, once the first frosts come - and this year it looks as if they may be early - the brighter colours are over.  There are pretty coloured leaves, heucheras for example, the little bulbs will push up through them in the Spring.

Try not to use very small containers, they hold only a small amount of compost so dry out easily ad haven't got alot of food for whatever you grow in there.  Also they will freeze solid earlier than bigger containers, though most, whatever the size, will freeze eventually.

What is this plant?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 13:38

This comes in a variety of colours, from green and white (my personal favourite) to deep reddish pink, darker than this one - which is very pretty.   It will seed about, so make a not of how the leaves look so you can leave it where you want it in future, and pull out ones to give away, when you don't want them there. 

Do hope you did note which plants liked what conditions when you bought them, some prefer damp shade and others anything but for example?

Plant ID please.

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 13:34

Grow it in your kitchen, and have instant treatment there for minor burns and such like.

Unidentifued white flowering climber

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:42

Hear hear - when this was suggested previously many plant growers started selling it under the 'fallopia' name which at that time was less well known.  There are many weed like plants for sale which I feel should not be - including that red leafed yellow flowered thing whose name I don't recall, which I spend hours removing from pot plants, only to see it offered among basket plants.    Did you speak with the people who had bought 3 of them?

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