Dovefromabove


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Trailing Perennial

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 07:02

Have you scrolled down and looked at the pictures of clematis Avalanche?  Don't think they come much thicker than that!

I wouldn't plant ivy in with another climber - it'll grow all over it, cut the light off from it and take over totally.

If you want ivy put some in another pot but keep it from growing over the other trailing plants!

Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 22:22

I'm sowing chard direct in the veg patch (some Ruby, some ordinary) at the moment, to grow on and harvest in the winter.  I have grown it through the winter without protection, but I may get some fleece or a mini-poly tunnel this year so that the cropping isn't interrupted by snow (if we have any) but to be honest you can get away without doing that if you accept that snow will knock it back for a week or two.

In October I'll sow Broad Beans Aquadulce Claudia to overwinter and provide an earlier crop next year.

Aubergines

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 22:14

What a shame   What happened to them - do you have any pictures?  It would be good if we could try to diagnose the problem so you can try to beat it next season 

Planting along a garden path

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:58

I would have said that santolinas are not as long lasting as lavenders - Cornish winters are not usually as hard as those just a little further north, and while I admit that santolinas have a smell, personally I would not compare it with the beautiful scent of lavender. 

The lavender fields in Norfolk  cope with everything that the east wind from the Urals and the North Sea can throw at them every winter and look at them http://www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk/pages/lavender-fields.php

The plants are cut back rigorously every year and they last for years and years.

Trailing Perennial

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:43

I think I'd go for an evergreen clematis. This one is beautiful http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-avalanche.html  and would would trail down the steps quite happily - the only pruning it needs is to keep in tidy and within bounds.

Or this one http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-fragrant-oberon.html - not as dramatic, but beautifully scented 

Ash Tree Stump

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:32

Looking forward to seeing a pick of the honeysuckle happily growing up the fence 

Gossamer

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 06:39

Are you talking about fine spiders' webs?  It's the time of year, and the right weather conditions for small spiders to go ballooning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYPABcMzbEg

Planting along a garden path

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 06:21

Some info here http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/htbg2/flat/module3/pathside_planting1.shtml

add some grit to the soil as lavenders like it well drained, and mound the soil slightly then put your plants into it, so that when it rains the plants aren't sitting in a damp hollow. 

It'll look gorgeous - there are several different lavenders that would be suitable, I'd recommend one of the English varieties as they're hardier.

Enjoy your gardening 

Plants from the east village

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:51

The round one is a Buxus topiary ball

http://www.gardens4you.co.uk/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27&category_id=60925&flypage=flypage&lang=en&manufacturer_id=0&page=shop.product_details&product_id=1854863

 

Can't really see what the taller one of the two is - it could be a bamboo.

Why not contact Locog and ask them?

Cabbage Butterflies & Nasturtium

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:46

When my daughter was little she had her own little garden and one year she grew nasturtiums - the caterpillar invasion was worse than usual and she had very little ofher plants left - she was sad so I explained that the caterpillars who had eaten her plants would grow up into butterflies.  She gave me a big grin and said, 'Mummy, it isn't a garden - I've got a butterfly farm!' 

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