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Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:44

Hi Andrew and welcome 

That's a nice sized area you have to play with.  It's similar to my 'Shady Bank' which faces almost due North and is shaded from the east by large ash trees.

We have honeysuckles and clematis growing up the fence - there are quite a few clematis that are happy growing in the shade.  In the spring the small flowered Clematis Alpinas  and then later on some of the larger flowered ones.  We also have foxgloves, astrantias, hostas, rambling roses, ferns, hardy geraniums, pulmonarias, Sweet rocket , echinaceas and many others that attract insects of all sorts.  

The hedgehogs, frogs, toads and newts love the undergrowth that the ferns and hostas create.  You could also make a log pile towards the back of the border in a shady area.  You might even be able to incorporate a small pool - the wildlife in our garden has really increased since we dug a small wildlife pond. 

The first thing I would do is dig over the area, weeding thoroughly as you go.  I would then dig in a good layer of well-rotted farmyard manure (you can buy it in bags from the garden centre).  

While you're doing that some more people on here can come up with some more planting suggestions .... 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:31

Lily - you're very good at remembering what's going on in people's lives - would you like to be my secretary?  (Unpaid of course, but you could have cake )

Hello Pam - I thought you'd been quiet - we've got lots of fledglings in the garden too - the bluetits are all over the roses and clematis hoovering up the aphids, and a young blackbird seems to have taken up residence in the autumn raspberry canes - he'll have to move on when the fruit start forming" 

What is this plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:27

Lovely plant and lots of different varieties - they can be addictive 

Children's garden full of rocks & weeds

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:26

Googling Cornmeal Gluten comes up with this   

suggesting that it has been marketed as a pre-emergent anti-weed treatment - however the efficacy seems unproved at the very least.  

I presume that Rosemary Freeman is in the USA.

As for the garden - the first thing to establish is whether the weeds are originating from below the weed barrier and growing through it - in which case it needs replacing with a better quality membrane - or whether the weeds have their roots in the soil above the membrane - in which case the answer would seem to be consistent weeding.

It may well be that weed seeds are blowing in from elsewhere - it would be helpful to look around and identify a possible source of weed seeds - if these could be eliminated it would be helpful.





What kind of soil is this (with pictures)?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:10

Can you tell us a bit more about the construction of that bed please?  

Does it have drainage at the base?  

If not, that might be the problem with the soil - lack of drainage would make the soil sour and anaerobic and worms wouldn't be able to live there.


Agapanthus Flowers??

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 06:56

Hi Sweetpeacheese 

KEF has it spot on - agapanthus like to feel quite snug in their pot - they might miss a year this year, but somehow I doubt it - mine are only just beginning to throw up some flower buds and mine are quite an early variety.  Keep them in a sunny spot and carry on as you are - it sounds about right to me.

After they flower I give mine a sprinkling of Fish Blood & Bone meal to help build up the bulb for the following year.

Lots more info here 

When yours flower show us a picture 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 06:50

Good morning all - we had a slight sprinkling of rain at bedtime but it's been dry ever since and now it's sunny and bright and warming up nicely.  It's had a good start - the temperature only fell to 14.9C last night - that's the warmest night of the year so far. No wonder my tomatoes look happy in their new pots out on the terrace 

Speakers for the club

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:12

Carrie Thomas of Touchwood does talks 

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:09

Definitely a clematis - a lovely one - you might be able to find it on here


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:41

Verdun - I was joking   but if you insist 

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