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Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 11:56

Here in Scotland it's known as 'Sticky Willy' ( I have no idea why! ) and this year there's more than ever.  I don't think it CAN be eradicated, except by constantly pulling yards and yards of it up, screwing it into a loose ball and burning it.  Trouble is the little 'burrs' drop off or stick to clothes and you end up spreading it further afield.  We're bounded by a river and ag. land and word has it that the ban on certain nitrates on farmland has led to the spread of cleavers, but I don't know if that's actually true.

T&M offer July Lavender

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 11:47

I also received these recently and yes, they arrived exactly as in the photo, with a little dibber to poke them out of the plugs and then use to make a wee planting hole for them in a bigger pot.  They're all thriving and were fabulous value for hardly any money at all.  Best bargain I've had for a very long time, so a Big 'Thank You' to Thompson and Morgan!

Recommend a rambling rose

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 19:20

Ghislaine de Felegonde is a Musk Rambler but not a massive one - it's more peach than a vivid orange, though; Gloire de Dijon is a big old climber, buff to peach and has a lovely scent; Schoolgirl is a modern climber but not very good on the scent aspect; Warm Welcome really IS orange, and is a climber, not noted for powerful perfume, alas; Dixieland Linda might do, but is a climber, so better as a pillar rose.

I've not come across any orange ramblers, sorry!  Good luck with the search.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 09:06

LOL!  Excellent.  Just about sums it up, doesn't it?

As we say up here in Aberdeenshire: 'If you don't like our weather, wait half an hour'.

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 09:00

I tend to agree with a reply submitted by 'Anonymous' at the beginning of this thread....continuity is everything.  I've never got over Geoff Hamilton dying ( although I'm sure he didn't do it to spite us, bless him ) and Gardener's World has never been the same since.  I didn't much appreciate Alan Titchmarsh, although he's an excellent presenter with a sound background in horticulture and knows his stuff; but there was always a bit too much 'titillation' for the ladies and that Yorkshire charm doesn't do anything for me.  Rachel de Thame is a pretty lass, Sarah Raven lives at Sissinghurst and bosses plants into growing, Alys was a passing fancy and Toby likewise.  It seems that we, the viewers, must be constantly stimulated by 'new' or 'fresh' presenters wearing weirder and more eccentric 'costumes' in order to keep the viewing figures up - maybe it's a case of touting for new viewers rather than giving the loyal gardening public a reliable and familiar programme they can continue to appreciate?

Monty Don drives me mad with his manic digging and every time I see him wielding a trowel I cringe; but he's back, so can we keep him, please, and not have to put up with this constant stream of unfamiliar faces? Keep Joe, keep Carol, ditch the rest and maybe introduce one newcomer with whom we can familiarise ourselves and who will, perhaps, one day, provide the programme with it's 'new' front man or woman.

Big blobs of clear jelly!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:39

It might be aliens...but as it's been so dreadfully wet everywhere of late, it probably just is expanded water-retaining crystals.  If they start turning green and grow legs, it's definitely aliens...


Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:36

I'm pretty certain this is Clematis Montana'll grow to about 16 feet and it's lovely! Pretty tough so you shouldn't have any problems with it.  Hope the propagating goes well!


Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:32

Is this the one with the prickly leaves and rather pretty small mid blue flowers?  It's a tough wild flower but it does tend to take over and the big black taproots go down to Australia and are a bugger to dig out.  Good for making a bright red dye, though, apparently!

I'd think composting the leaves would be okay, although I'd get rid of the roots unless you want it everywhere!  Comfrey makes, as you know, great green manure, but I'm not 100% certain about this 'cousin'.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:22

I've always thought Michael Flanders of Flanders and Swann got it just about right in his 'Song of the Weather:

January brings the snow

Makes your feet and fingers glow

February's ice and sleet

Freeze the toes right off your feet

Welcome March with wintry wind

Would thou wer't not so unkind

April brings the sweet spring showers

On and on for hours and hours

Farmers fear unkindly May

Frost by night and hail by day

June just rains and never stops

Thirty days and spoils the crops

In July the sun is hot

Is it shining? No, it's not

August cold, and dank, and wet

Brings more rain than any yet

Bleak September's mist and mud

Is enough to chill the blood

Then October adds a gale

Wind and slush and rain and hail

Dark November brings the fog

Should not do it to a dog

Freezing wet December then:

Bloody January again!

Himalayan blue poppy

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:03

I've never found these easy plants to grow but every year I buy one more just to try to keep them going!  I've got three or four all looking healthy right now, and all planted directly into a south facing bed with pretty poor soil.  They are shaded by tulips until late May, and then by the 'Bowl of Beauty' paeonies so they don't get too much full sun.  In the past I have planted them in shade but they've not survived the very harsh winters.  Growing them from seed is something I have never managed to achieve so I've given up buying expensive seeds.  My dream of a huge drift of these lovely plants is just that, I'm afraid, a dream.

I have hundreds of the blowsy bright scarlet double oriental poppies, which I can't eradicate ( even if I wanted to! ) which grow and proliferate like weeds!  Peaty soil, lots of rain, cold winters, late frosts ( Aberdeenshire ).  And of course the bright lemon Welsh poppy just about everywhere.

Like Yvieh I have never managed to grow ANY variety of poppies from seed, so I would tend to agree that it's more a question of luck!  Keep trying with the meconopsis, Rosemary, and maybe try buying different varieties as some may be tougher than others ( I buy whatever happens to be in the garden centre and my three are all blue, but slightly different shades ).  They're worth it.

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