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identify plant

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:14

Just to be slightly pedantic - Salvia is the species (and also the genus?) - what we don't know is the variety

am I right Nut?

Extra thorny roses

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:09

Love it Edd

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:07

I agree Mrs G - just boiling water. I wouldn't like to spend the best part of a fortnight sitting in a box with fumes from Jeyes Fluid, no matter how weak, so Mrs Bluetit probably wouldn't like it either.  And those tiny lungs and delicate membranes of the tiny nestlings - I can't think that it would be good for them.


Posted: 08/01/2015 at 14:03

Good news   Thanks for passing that on Susan.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:59

I sow mine direct and I think that's the way it does best.  Hardy in our Norfolk climate with no mollycoddling or special treatment.  Sow, thin, and pick.  Some people cut a whole head at a time; I prefer to take individual leaves from all the plants in the row, cutting them at the base of the stem.

There's hardly a month in the year that I've not got some growing somewhere in the garden.

north facing wall

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:16

It's nothing like ivy in it's behaviour, except that it clings to surface of the wall itself as ivy does. I've never known it to damage the wall and the local authority building I used to work in had several on it's walls - they'd been there for many years and were trimmed back once every couple of years, they were full of little birds and the walls were undamaged.

As for alpines, in my experience they need more sunlight than they will receive in a north-facing situation.

north facing wall

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 12:58

The climbing hydrangea is not rampant - it starts off quite slowly and gathers pace, but never grows at more than a medium rate - highly unlikely to annoy the neighbours. 

Clematis Cirrhosa

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Clematis Cirrhosa

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 12:12

Good to see you Jess

north facing wall

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 12:11

Hydrangea petiolaris - the climbing hydrangea will cling to the wall and climb up it, but I've never known it to damage brickwork.  It's very happy on a northfacing wall and will provide you with beautiful panicles of creamy white flowers.  In the autumn the leaves will fall leaving a wonderful tracery of stems for you to admire during the winter.  It's also a very popular nestsite for robins and wrens in my experience.

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