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Long flowering plants

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 10:15

Pinks prefer neutral to alkaline soil Lou, so perhaps you have slightly acidic conditions?

Shrubs, rather than perennials will give you a framework, so that you can have other planting in and out the seasons. I'm guessing it's fairly sunny. My old favourites - Hebes, will work, and also bog standard Potentilla, the white one will give you a neutral to add lots of colours around it that you like. Alliums and spring bulbs give you verticals without too much width, and you can add annuals in between like cornflowers which do the same kind of job. 

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas to start with 

My new favourite Clematis is 'Belle of Woking'. What Clematis makes you happy?

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 10:06

Really lovely story dwdays  

As ppauper says, how kind of Mr Evison to take an  interest and look into it. Restores your faith in humans doesn't it! 


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:55

Even better Hosta - there's a wumman on the breakfast news just now who's a 'happiness and resilience' expert. I kid you not.

The world's gone mad....

2.9 billion's pretty good though  

Come on folks  - let's get it up to 3!  

Superb Ppauper!

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Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:50

What's an ironing board....? 

Have a restful weekend Wonks. I intend having one too as the weather's not favourable for walking unless I go to Sutherland! Loads to do in side anyway and that tennis doesn't watch itself you know...

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:43

I've looked at pix from last summer to compare what stage plants are at this year. The weather hasn't really made much of a difference at all. At most, a few days later. We had less rain in spring which has probably made a difference to some of the grasses and the clematis, but that's about all. 

Etoile Violette bursting into bloom and beginning to do it's thing. It's covering a huge bit of fence now so should look good in a couple of weeks

What are these balls called?

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:35

They don't all have a uniform habit, so choose the right 'shape' to make life easier. The smaller leaved ones (like box foliage - hence the Buxifolia suggestion!) are the ones to look for. 

Margaret spread quite a bit once it's in the ground wakeshine. Being in the pot will keep it compact. I also have it in a border here, as in a previous garden, as it's my late Mum's name 

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My new favourite Clematis is 'Belle of Woking'. What Clematis makes you happy?

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:32

It's currently my background pic on the 'pooter, dwdays. The raindrops add something to the colour I think  


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:25

I know you don't care for Jeremy Vine Dove, but yesterday he was talking to many relatives of men who were there. The stories were heartbreaking. As you say, the ones who came home were damaged beyond repair. One who had been destined to be a priest, and when he came home, his faith was destroyed, and he became a mechanic instead. in the words of his great grandson, he never recovered. A broken man for the rest of his life. I was weeping just like you Hosta. 

We really don't know how fortunate we are, whatever hardships and pain we've had.

Is it Manteau d'Hermine chicky? I have a couple of them - by accident. Should have been summat else. Had it before and didn't get the scent, but these have been superb  

Last edited: 02 July 2016 09:28:39

Instant foilage for a pergola

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:19

Patience is something we all strive fro Emma - not sure we ever really achieve it! 

I just reread your post though, and wondered whereabouts you live?  Grapevines aren't normally grown outdoors very successfully in most of the UK - if anywhere. Just make sure whatever plants you decide on are hardy for the area and conditions you have. Jasmine isn't reliably hardy up here for instance, and  wisteria can be tricky depending on location.  

Don't want to see you spending your hard earned cash on something which will struggle and be disappointing for you.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:11

Fingers and toes crossed for you DD  xxx

Keep doing what you're doing  

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