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Clematis Clarkena

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:47

But if you've spent money on a plant which is virtually guaranteed not to survive the winter that's a shame, not to mention the disappointment and the gap it will leave in the garden .  Best to check hardiness next time 

Compost bin

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:45

I get OH to turn the compost into the next bin when he's emptied the first one for me - apart from that I poke a strong stick into it and wriggle it around energetically to aerate it throughout the summer, then put layers of cardboard boxes over the top for the winter.  Seems to work 

yellow agaphanthus leaves

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:39

Rebekah, where in the world are you please? 


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:29

When my children were young we grew lots of citrus pips, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, clementines you name it we grew it.  They need frost free conditions and make lovely plants for a conservatory - the blossom has a wonderful perfume. However, they get whitefly and scale insect very easily and are incredibly unlikely to ever bear fruit.  

willow tree

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:25

Are Kilmarnock Willows grafted - I've always assumed they are - it'll be interesting to see what form the cuttings take 

4 Days, 24 Prizes

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:17

It was fine for me this morning.  If you're having problems there's an email address you can contact the website team with -

Compost ingredients

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:11

You need some of all of it - the twiggy stuff from the climbers and shrubs is 'good brown' and the veg peelings etc is green and you need that too.  I would get another compost bin - I only have a small garden but can never have too much compost - mulching, digging into veg patch, potting etc ..... like gold dust  In fact if you have too much, how far away from us are you ....... can you deliver.? 

We gather the tree leaves each year and store them in black bin bags with holes in and the leaves start to break down.  Then in the summer when we're adding lots of 'green' to the compost bins in the form of lawn mowings, we layer it with a bag of partially rotted leaves which are 'good browns' and keep the proportions of the mixture right.  Makes brilliant compost. 


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:03

Matty, I don't know a red eryngium - do you have a name - sounds good!  

Right, must get kitchen a bit tidier ......... see you in a bit

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:01

I was a bit concerned about the indiscriminate distribution of little plants in pots - what's the betting only half of them survived 'cos no one watered them?

But apart from that I loved it - especially the wild flowers 

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