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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

which climber

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:05

If it's a south facing wall it shouldn't be too exposed in winter, it's protecting plants from north winds.

I have a pretty clematis called Diana with pink bell flowers on a south wall. Did you plant the clematis deep enough? Are you sure they are dead? They are usually pretty hardy, but they like their roots protected from the sun.

If you want something else then what about star jasmine, trachelospermum jasminoides? It is evergreen and has very fragrant small white flowers. Some say it can be a bit tender, but mine survived -17° last winter.

MOB rants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:57

Hello Swiss Sue, I was getting regular emails then it stopped, but I haven't deleted the tick. It's happened before. The other thing that happens especially with the "weather" thread is it doesn't say "view first unread post" and there are more than 10 pages, so it's harder to get to the recent postings.

Seeds are up

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:49

Pestemons are germinating, took longer than the tomatoes etc. Does anyone know if they'll be big enough to flower this year? First time I've had them germinate, although I've sown them before.

MOB rants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:28

I need a "Mob rant" because I'm not being sent it anymore? Am I forgotten or do you have to rant regularly to be updated?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:19

Glad you put in the house, I'm one of the nosey ones! Looks as though it will be super a bit later.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:51

Rain all day, 6°, but there are some daffodils coming out, but mostly the cream ones. The yellow ones usually come out first, but most of them seem to be blind. Could that be because we had a drought in 2011 that lasted until May 2012? No local hay for sale in 2011, bought it in Northern France for 3 times the price.

When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:09

If they have soil around their roots they will be fine if kept moist. It's bare-rooted plants then it's urgent.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:55

Smaller plants tend to transplant more easily and are cheaper to buy. Here are some to get started. Photinia "Red Robin", Ilex altaclerensis "Golden King" (you need male and female hollies for berries), Choisya, Eleagnus "Gilt Edge", Nandina Domestica (perhaps not for background as it's smaller), cotoneaster lacteus (bird's like the berries, so good for wildlife).

Under a conifer

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:39

It is very difficult to get anything to grow under a conifer as they have lots of roots near the surface that steal all the water. One plant that I have that does grow under a conifer and is evergreen is periwinkle (Vinca). Mine is Vinca Minor with lavender blue flowers and it's a bit of a thug to keep from spreading into the rest of the border, but you can get bigger leaved and flowered ones, Vinca Major and there is also a variegated one.

As for shrubs, I have a euonymous fortunei, Silver Queen (I think) under a conifer that is managing OK.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:27

Your second post just came up before my answer. If it's clay soil it will need as much rotted manure and compost as you can lay your hands on to help make it more workable, which will add nutrients as well.

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