Latest posts by Fairygirl

Wildlife pond crisis

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:29

I've topped up my ponds when necessary with tap water in the past, but we do have soft water up here. I stick the hose through the handle of the garden fork and stick it on the 'shower' setting so that it's like a heavy shower of rain. It aerates the pond as well as topping it up. 

I think if you're worried, you can fill a few buckets with tapwater, then leave it for a few days before adding it to the pond. That helps get rid of any build up of chemicals in it. I remember someone telling us to do that when we were getting fish for a fish tank. I'm sure someone will correct me if that's wrong 

Clematis wilt

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:22

Pix might be too big. They tend not to load well if they're over about 2mb

If they're mature plants, and there's nothing else obvious bothering them, I'd say it's dry ground that's the most likely reason. Poke a finger in round the base and see what it's like. It there's a decent amount of top growth, they need a good bit of moisture to support it. 

How many climbers would you plant to cover an 8m wide wall?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:14

Three decent clematis would do the job, or four if you had a couple of alpinas in there. Many are perfectly happy in a northerly aspect. If you choose carefully, you can have colour there most of the year.

Hydrangea would be perfect though. There is an evegreen one whose name I've forgotten but petiolaris is hard to beat, I think. 

I quite like your wall. Leaving some on show is actually a nice backdrop. You could use a few evergreen shrubs for all year interest, with a few climbers in behind, instead of just climbers.  How much room do you actually have at the base for planting though? It'll be very dry there anyway,  so you'll need to improve the soil a good bit. 

Clematis wilt

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:04

Wilt is quite rare Ryan. It's more likely to to be lack of water as it's been very dry this spring almost everywhere, or new growth that's had a little frost. 

What variety is it? What else do you have  growing round about it? If you can upload a pic that will help further. Start with the camera icon - top right.  

Frost damage

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:01

It's just the way of it Rob. I did the same when I was younger - I think we've all done it.

We're used to waiting up here in the north, and I learned a long time ago to forget about having lots of less hardy plants  as I don't have the time for doing them - much as I'd like to! 

Even so - I still insist on growing tulips, even though they usually get annihilated with wind and rain most years. This year has been great as we've had less rain and wind, and the soil has warmed up more quickly. I'm making the most of it  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 08:46

It's gorgeous Joyce. It's such an unlikely specimen for most of the year, but when it flowers.....

Even nicer when it has a bit of meaning for you too.

Frost damage

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 08:32

That's gardening for you Rob 

All those plants will recover and be fine. It just looks a bit manky. You'll sacrifice flowers on most of them this year.

I'd leave the damaged 'ends' for now, and once the weather is set fair with no more frost, you can trim and tidy them then. Damaged leaves on hyrangea will drop off, but when you have some new helathy growth on them you could  remove the blackened leaves. The dahlias would have needed more protection than a plastic bottle if they were in the ground,  but I'd reckon you could take the frosted bits off those, and they'll be fine. They'll just flower later than usual. The magnolia will also be fine, but you'll have to wait till next year for your display. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 08:06

Is that luteum Joyce? It's gorgeous. Even I can smell that from a distance. I used to pass a garden every day en route to school when the girls were small, and it had three or four along one boundary 

A whole different world where you are Pat. Or should that be 'hole' ...

You can see why you get so many fires there. Incredibly, there is one currrently up in the north west, between Lochinver and a famous hill  - Suilven. Shows just how dry it's been here this winter and spring.

Penalties for being Disabled.

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 07:46
Kitty 2 says:

Yet another contentious issue is dropped into the forum by the OP.....who never joins in with the conversation .  

See original post

 I see you've cottoned on Kitty....  

Purple and blue

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 07:41

I don't have only one favourite. Don't like blue so I don't have any, but I love purple - deep reddish purples, and probably the one I like best is Clematis Etoile Violette. Niobe is my real favourite - but is much redder.

I also love deep purple Irises - 'Night Owl' and the earlier Chrysographes ones are my favourites


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