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Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:06

I used to garden on heavy clay - what I would do is wait until the weather is better and there's little water in the hole - possibly even late spring early summer, then I would make the hole quite a bit bigger to start with, widening it so that it's like a deep saucer - then mix the soil/clay you've dug out with some good topsoil and grit and use this to back fill the hole - keep a heap of your backfill material with a tarpaulin over it as the soil in the hole will sink over the first year or so and require topping up every so often for a while. 

If you want to grass the area over you'll have to keep topping up and letting the soil settle until the sinking stops and the area can be sown or turfed.  However if you want a flower bed or another tree obviously you don't have to worry so much about getting the area level.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:19

Would the yellow Foxtail Lily 'Sunbeam' work do you think?  I think colourwise it would pick up the acidity of limelight, but not sure if it's the right flowering period.

Climbing rose roots and gas pipes - bad match?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:32

Have you looked at my link to Rosa New Dawn?

If that's not what you want try this site  There's a helpful search facility down the left hand side


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:30

Recovering from our hectic day yesterday by putting my feet up and watching a lovely film - Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War - Pauline Collins and Peter Capaldi - absolutely priceless   - watch it on Catch up or record it or something!


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:19
punkdoc wrote (see)
...  Counting down to holiday, and some much needed sun....

When you've found it, bring some back for us please Pdoc

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:08

Hi Fritillary  - did you try to upload the photo by clicking on the green tree icon on the toolbar?

Climbing rose roots and gas pipes - bad match?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:47

I wouldn't worry about the roots - but Paul's Himalayan is a massive plant - far too big to grow on the wall of any house - it will become very heavy and I doubt that any wires or trellis could support it - it is best suited for growing into the canpies of large trees.

 Paul's Himalayan Musk


Can I suggest you have a look at the climber Rosa 'New Dawn'  - a similar colour, a beautiful perfume, and much more suitable for a house wall.


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:18

Here is one of the earlier threads

I'll see if I can find some more.

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:13

I've got a Francis E Lester too   It's a beautiful rose.  It was planted in spring 2013 I think.  The first year we had just a very few blooms on the growth it already had, but last year it had quite a few more blooms and then made quite a bit more growth so I'm hoping for even more this year. 

I know it'll take some time to make an impact, but it is growing in quite an inhospitable place (shaded both by a large tree and a wall), but I'm hoping that by regular mulching and ensuring that it doesn't dry out at the roots it will eventually make it's presence felt in the garden

I think ramblers are a longer term project than HTs and climbers, but well worth it

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