Latest posts by chrissieB

Pruning Jasmine Officinale

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 07:54

You may get less flowers but it should recover. I think you might be better trying to retrain it completely and stopping it going next door.  if the majority of flowers are next door that might suggest it prefers theif aspect - maybe it gets more sun on their side. I suspect if you continue let it grow through, that's the side which will always be bigger and more floriferous.

It can be frustrating, at our old house we had a beautiful clematis which always gave our neighbours a far better show than us. Although like your Jasmine it would in theory grow in shade, it didn't stop it constantly going off to the sunnier side of the fence 😕


Posted: 25/06/2017 at 07:46

Trailing petunias don't need deadheading  Which I only discovered a few years ago. We grew them in our  2nd floor window boxes  when we had a flat. They grew and created a waterfall of flowers about 4-5 feet long so definitely not within reach fior deadheading. They kept flowering right until the first frosts. 

Was delighted to see they didn't need deadheading as I hate the sticky feel. You might struggle getting trailing ones as they seem to sell out quite quickly. Our GC still had lots of petunias earlier this week with  new delivery in, all looked great but they didn't have trailing and weren't expecting tim get any more. One the other hand you might get some real bargains as lots of bedding is being reduced - what about trailing lobelia, verbena or pelagoniums?

Clematis & climbing roses - white & white

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 07:29

Might be worth trying to see your choices in real life just to make sure you are happy with any whites that are going to be in bloom together and close or intermingled as you don't want to end up with whites that don't complement each other. For example Mdme Carriere is lovely but is what I would call a soft white and has a pale hint of pink whilst some whites are much more crisp.


Posted: 24/06/2017 at 10:42

Thanks nutcutlet, I probably would have saved them for spring so that's good to know


Posted: 24/06/2017 at 10:15

Thanks all, think I will leave them alone and collect some seed at the end of the season.

Using seaweed granules

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 10:13

Thanks Pete8


Posted: 24/06/2017 at 08:27


Am a recent convert to thalictrums and have a couple of questions.

Should I deadhead them and is it worth it - I've read that they have lovely seedheads but wondering if I can get a couple of flushes of flowers in first?

have also read that they are slow to re-establish when divided - wondered what any one else's experience of this was plus has anyone tried any other ways of propagating them?

Using seaweed granules

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 08:24

I have some seaweed granules but no instructions other than the amount per square metre, How often and when is the best time to use? I used chicken pellets on my borders in spring so don't want to overdose or use the granules unnecersarily.

Would also like to try seaweed spray on some sad looking roses - am wondering if I could dissolve the granules and use them and if so what quantity in how much water to make a solution and then what dilution to use? Has anyone else tried this?


I need design idea for my garden

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 08:17

Hi, I think yiu need to go for really robust 'doers'.

It might be worth browsing the RHS plant finder and those on some of the nursery sites like Crocus. I would look at plants which like dry shade.

Some ferns are good for dry shade but won't quote names as I always have to check which is which.

ivy, as already suggested would give some glossy evergreen colour and some of the variegated are very pretty. You could use it as ground cover.

I have perennial sweet peas growing right against the house wall - never water them, they are definitely in the rainshadow and ithe soil is about 6inches front to back. They only get a few hours morning sun and are positively rampant so they might work - also I think the seeds are quite cheap.

I've grown rosemary quite successfully in partial shade and that likes dry conditions and doesn't need rich soil - the prostrate form would work well on your 'ledge'. 

Cyclamen hederifolium will grown by dense  hedges such as leylandii  so they will probably cope and liriope muscari is as tough as old boots.

I would find just 3 or maybe four plants to try out and then use them as repeats along the full length

I didn't ask how shallow the soil is, but many plants don't need a huge depth. And you could always give them a top up with slow release food granules if they seem hungry.

Last edited: 24 June 2017 08:18:35

Has anyone had experience with these online nurseries?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 18:57

Always pleased with Crocus although they are expensive. Have heard good reports of Clair

Austin but not used her yet myself. Haven't tried the others but I think they are quite established?

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