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Posted: 07/12/2014 at 18:42

Lots of Clematis will be happy enough there but you might want to add some nutrition to the soil as they're hungry plants. BLizzie's suggestion of the montana will give you spring colour and you could add one of the summer flowering varieties to give a continuity of flowering. Take a look on one of the specialist sites like Taylor's Clematis and you will see the huge choice available. The Hydrangea is a lovely plant - a good contrast and foil for other colours. 

Movie quotes

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 18:30

It's on right now :   'Houston - we have a problem.....'   


is that 'Psycho' Yvie?

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 17:22

I'd agree with that Lyn but it's not too bonny at the moment with all that plywood anyway! Perhaps John adn his wife could plant some shrubs in front of the fence in the meantime and then gradually 'persuade' the neighbour that it would be better taken out. 

Alternative to usual shed roof felting

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 17:15

It's certainly made me think of doing something similar on my shed roof. Thanks for all those links Gemma 

I'll have a look at those tiles too LLass 


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 17:13

Hope the rat doesn't return Yvie - it would be a shame if you struggled to feed the birds because of it.

KEF - re plump birds - if I keep on going out for tea and cake I'll be covering myself in bacon and jumping in the roasting tin on the 25th 

Lots of black clouds full of snow and suchlike here. It was only 2 degrees when I came in at half four, so I dare say we may get some snow overnight. Hope it's only showers. Never mind socks - thermal pants  I think... 

Movie quotes

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 14:33

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 14:05

Taking branches out completely will do no harm and as Gemma says - this is the time to do it. Trimming the green parts back into old brown wood is what does damage. If you wanted to 'trim' a conifer to maintain it's shape, you wouldn't cut farther back than that year's growth, and you would do that during summer/early autumn, which is not what you'd be doing John. 

Unfortunately a tree that size pushes against (and often breaks) fences, which seems to be the problem you have there. I'd take as many branches off as you can - right back to the main trunk. I've been doing the same thing here with a mature conifer at the rear of my shed.

Movie quotes

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 13:38

How about this one Edd:

'....I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship'


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:40

Looks like you had a great time DD and raised a good amount. Sisters eh? Rise above it if you can. You have friends here as you know - you can always have a moan to all of us. 

chicky - Perhaps a little prune won't do too much harm though. Have some venison casserole to get your revenge  I was going to say oh 'deer' but that would be in bad taste wouldn't it? 

I've done some housework and going out for a coffee later with a friend. Feel a bit idle today. 

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 09:07

I grew Manteau in a previous garden but the scent was non existent. Perhaps we never got enough heat in those summers though! I bought two Belle Etoiles for this garden and they're lovely. 

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