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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 19:14

Gets me very confused - even dicentra seems to be called something else now.

And don't get me going on snickers bars and Jif bathroom cleaner ......

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 06:48

how about plunging pots of other things in your planter - that would stop them competing with the clematis.  Or use some sort of decorative mulch/pebbles that are a feature in their own right?


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 06:44

Punkdoc - hope there is not too much damage done - it seems it never rains but pours.

Work today - but on the bright side, only 5 more sleeps til the weekend

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 06:42

Hi Lizzie - isotoma changed its name recently, it used to be called Laurentia blue star.  It is a tender annual, so needs replacing every year - but flowers away til the frosts with no deadheading.  I have always bought mine as bedding plants, but I think you can buy seeds, which might be your best bet in France.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:22

Here comes the rain again  - I feel a song coming on (i'm an eighties girl)

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:20

Lottie, you will need to feed them in a pot.  You can use the special clematis feed from garden centres, or I push a few osmacote slow release pellets in every spring.  I lined my pots with bubble wrap to keep the roots cool.  I would also mulch with gravel to shade rather roots - planting euonymus will just be one more thing competing for water and nutrients in a pot.

i have had patio clematis in pots for 3 years now. Every spring they get cut down to 6 inches and they always cover their wigwam and produce loads of flowers by about June.

good luck

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:08

Just watched the butterfly prog on iPlayer - amazing creatures

What can I grow here?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:06

Fairygirl was talking about fatsias earlier today - they are happy in shade, and can get quite tall.  No flowers, but look good all year round.

Bees and Butterflies

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 20:40

I've seen lots of bees and butterflies this year - but complete absence of ladybirds.

Non flowering Iris

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 20:38

I had a whole patch that did not flower this year, when they have in previous years.  I put it down to the fact that we didn't get a summer last year, so no baking for the rhizomes.  Have high hopes for a bumper crop of flowers next year after the last fortnight

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