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uploading photos

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 17:46

If you're still having problems, come back and let us know and we'll point you in Nora's direction  

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 17:42

Climbing hydrangeas get massive. They cover house walls. Have you got one of those and a honeysuckle in that same bed? Montanas too - they're perfect for covering sheds, garages etc, but you need to think ahead and consider the sizes of the climbers you plant. You can't keep pruning them into a smaller size and get the  right results from them. 

Clematis need a good amount of water and decent soil - you need to consider that if you build a container of any kind, and anything else you plant will need to enjoy the same conditions. For instance, you can't plant something that likes really free draining, poor soil in the same area as a clematis. I wouldn't rush into a decision - take your time to research the plants.  

Re lining- yes I would - especially if the area doesn''t get lots of rain directly into it.  Raised beds dry out quicker. That tree will block a lot of wet stuff depending on the direction your weather comes in. You'll also need to use a soil based medium in it, and some rotted manure will also benefit any planting. Mulcing will also help to retain moisture. This is when knowing your own site and conditions influences your plant choices, and saves making expensive mistakes! 

Using breathable membrane

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 17:32

It depends what you want to grow though, Nicky. Alpines don't need rich soil, and they certainly don't want to sit in wet conditions. I'm assuming that's the kind of thing you want as you mentioned rockery. If not, you'll need to condition the soil accordingly  

Lily question

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 17:25

Mine don't get lots of sun - even when it's sunny! A decent medium for them to grow in is all that's required. As long as they're not in a soggy site they'll grow well enough. Once the foliage is full, they shed a lot of rainwater anyway, assuming you have several bulbs in one place of course. 

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:51

It's depth you need for clematis. If you want to make a raised bed along the trellis, that would be the best option for growing some climbers.

Alternativley, could you remove some of those paviours and make that bed a bit bigger? It would be easier than buying a large container, or making something more suitable. The plants there look very crowded anyway, wihch is possibly why your honeysuckle isn't growing as well as it should. Too much competition for water and nutrients, especially with the cedar on the other side. 

uploading photos

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:47

Depending on the facility you have on your laptop.phone etc,  if you right click on your pictures, you often have a resizing option. 

It can be a bit hit and miss sometimes so I redo all mine to below 2.5 MB as they load quicker that way. Most of mine are over 5MB to start with.

Using breathable membrane

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:44

I'd just put the gravel down. If you can get your plants in first, leaving them slightly higher than the surrounding soil level, then you can lay a good couple of inches of fine gravel up near to the neck of the plants, which will help prevent rotting . It also allows good drainage for the plants, and weeds seeding in from above are quite easy to remove 


Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:40

This is a raven. The rocks next to him are about football sized

Even at this distance (approx 300 metres) you can see him

Wildlife pond resident

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 08:09

Brilliant - although a nuisance once they start chomping!

Amazing what can happen though - you'll be surprised just how many frogs there could round about you too, but it's great that you're encouraging them.

I had a little returnee last year in the garden. The garden's young and the pond is only a few years old, and tiny, but I had loads of froglets the first summer, soI think he was one of those. I bring the spawn back from whichever hill I've been on - so they're from different parts of the country! Perhaps next year , I'll get one of my originals spawning instead  

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 08:03

It's a common problem. I wonder if your honeysuckle is in too dry a spot. If it's in dryish soil, it'll struggle. It's the ideal candidate for covering the shed though. If you can beef up the soil a bit with some well rotted manure, and keep it really well watered, it should improve. Alternatively, plant a different climber there, although most need moisture and some decent soil to get going. If you can improve the soil in that border, you'll have more scope for planting. 

Most climbers struggle in containers, unless they're huge. Annuals will cope better, but that isn't much use in winter. Some evergreen shrubs in tall containers might be better. Difficult without seeing the plot and having more info though.

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