Excitable Boy

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What to do!!

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:27
yvonne parsons2 wrote (see)

I really love the look you have created but my garden is only fenced by chain fencing. Id love to create what you have done

Why don't you grow some climbers (cheap clematis from Lidl or poundland, or Morning Glory) on some of the chainlink to soften it up a bit and give you a quick background?

Peace Lily

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:35

Yvonne, regarding lifespan my then boss sent my wife one of these (mature and in flower) when our first child was born 19 years ago. It's still going strong and flowering today. I don't think my BH does anything special with it. It probably doesn't get watered very often, gets the odd dust and is kept by a West facing patio door. I think as long as you don't let it get frosted you shouldn't have any problems.

Hosta or Weed?

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:25

Claire, just so as you know, these things self-seed like crazy, so once they've flowered cut most of them down!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 16:56

lol Kate, my lawn is much reduced in size this year as it was getting to be too much. Just as I started the mower there were large spots of rain but I went for it and the clouds blew off for once.

Doesn't happen very often!

My garden does seem to be draining well despite all the rain but I think I'm going to lose my bargain Poundland Delphiniums (11 for £2) which look very sorry in their rain-battered state.

Talkback: Plant supports

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 16:02

I seem to have great trouble getting French Beans (climbing or otherwise) to germinate. Does anyone have any ideas?

Also I have a rampant bamboo. Can I just cut some of this down and use it as support canes or do I need to let them dry out first?

Potato planting

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 15:38

Yeah, get them in now Loz - at least you shouldn't have to worry about frost unless you're in Scotland! You will probably find that yours will catch up as they're going into warmer soil anyway, so don't worry about being late!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 14:58

Wow! Two evenings gardening in a row! Got the lawn mowed on Monday (thankfully) and weeded the veggies last night. Some radish nearly ready, strawbs in flower, shallots, onion sets and salad potatoes looking good, spinach, parsnips, turnips and psb doing well, BUT beetroot and carrots more miss than hit. Any explanation or ideas, anyone?

The dreaded spring onions are at about an inch and a half after 6 weeks. Will they or won't they, lol?

Sadly bindweed seems to be my most promising crop.

spring onions

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 22:28

And me!

Only ever got one decent crop a couple of years ago, but they were particularly tasty. I have some at the two inch stage this year but I'm going to have a go at the gutter method as they haven't moved in two weeks.

Pergola Problem

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 10:25

As part of our Great Garden Revamp of 2012 I am in the middle of constructing a pergola in the shady bottom corner of our garden. Two sides will be bounded by north and East facing walls and the idea was to find some flowering climbers for the opposite sides. I can't find anything to fit. I like the look of an evergreen clematis but they flower March/May and we want summer flowers. I also like the look of tree lilies in the brochures but have never seen them in the flesh and don't know whether they'd need more care than they'd get.

Soil is on the pH neutral/alkali side, but is a good loam. We get plenty of rain here in S Gloucestershire, so nothing that'd rot, please.

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions.


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:24

The newspaper thing sounds like a good idea to me.

I'm going to give this a go on my strawberry bed. Thanks!

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