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MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 09:31

Here's the link, the page with Hever photos and people mention Pashley Manor and Merriments too. Merriments is a real gardener's garden although not attached to a grand house. It is attached to a garden centre. http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/gardens-we-have-visited-2013/80843-2.html

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 09:27

Morning all.

I had a fig for several years in a pot. The fruit was lovely, you could pick it at just the right moment of ripeness. Then the winter before last it was -17° and remained at well below freezing even -10° in the daytime and it snowed, which froze and didn't melt (unexpected in Dordogne) and the poor little fig died. I planted another, but in the ground, It's alive but hasn't had a fig yet.

P. Petal, I hope Great Dixter is on your list. There is a thread for gardens we have visited 2013 somewhere. Hever Castle is lovely. Some gardens, like Hever you can get 2 for the price of 1 with the GW ticket.

any suggestions for tall trees

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:58

Do you want deciduous or evergreen? Deciduous will lose it's leaves in winter so no privacy. Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) keep their leaves, although brown, long into winter although they are deciduous.

Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:44

Clematis Henri is group 2, Light prune. You can prune it halfway after the first flowering and lightly trim back to healthy buds in the spring.

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-h/index2.html  Have a look at this site.

Can I plant anything now

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:30

What about Michelmas daisies? They would still be there next year too. There are dwarf ones and tall ones and a lovely one called "Monch".

Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:22

It sounds like deer. I've had a bad problem with them.

shrub

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:19

There are 2 other Choisyas as well, the normal green one with white flowers and the golden leaved Sundance.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:12

We had garden peas, French beans, new potatoes, broad beans and the first 6 runner beans with our marinaded chicken tonight!

And, on the way to the empty the compost bucket there was a sweet little glow worm shining bright green, in the growing darkness.

How to restrict the spread of a climber?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 17:11

That is Parthenocissus tricuspidata or Boston Ivy. I have it on my old farmhouse in France and I prefer it to the true Virginia Creeper which gets everywhere. It has a neater habit. But, I'm afraid, the only way I know to keep it under control is to prune it. I cut it every year at least 1 metre from the edges and from the roof. And more than that on the tall bit of the house, which means you don't have to go so far up the ladder! I have to admit that last year I got a young chap to come and do it, had to pay him but it didn't take him very long.  I don't know if a weedkiller like glyphosate would work.

Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 16:47

This is what the RHS has to say on pruning established clematis in Group 1, which includes Montana.

  • Trim overlong branches and prune back dead or winter-damaged shoots to a pair of healthy buds
  • Vigorous clematis, such as C. montana, can be simply sheared over after flowering to keep them tidy
  • Old congested plants can be thinned but it is usually easier to renovate
  • To renovate, cut all stems back almost to the base, just after flowering. Apply a general fertiliser, mulch and water in dry spells. Response is generally good. Leave at least three years before pruning hard again

 

You will find you don't have the flowers next year, but it may solve your problem. Montana is usually quite tough. I would have thought it would survive a prune now even though it's late. There is time for it to make some new growth by autumn. You could leave the stems you want as a framework and shorten them.

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