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Posted: 06/05/2015 at 14:36

Andy - lovely to see you   I'm considering another early clematis for further along the fence. Lots of English people on the hills on Monday because of the holiday. Walked for a bit with a nice young couple from Manchester - up here for the  week. Glad the weather's improving a bit now for them. The girl said they didn't know what clothes to bring and I said 'didn't you just empty the wardrobe and put it in the car?' She laughed and said ' yes - in the end that's what we did!'  

Sun's come out - might get the front grass cut later if it stays fair.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 14:15


chicky has the same clematis. I'm really pleased with it. It's covering an awkward bit of fence near my gate. Hundreds of blooms, no pruning - it's a Group 1 - and a good deep pink.

Hi KEF. Couldn't get rid of me that easily 

I've managed to miss Poldark, although I saw the gentleman in question on Graham Norton recently. Is it wrong that I quite fancy Mr Norton with his new facial hair though? 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:56

Hi chicky - hope they turn out well  

I have sown precisely nothing yet although I covered up the nasturtium seeds from last year that  had seeded into the pot they were in....

Does that count? 

Plant ID's

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:44

I admit to liking Alchemilla as well but you just have to be brutal with it. Even tiny plants are incredibly strongly rooted and can be hard to dig out. It's a great foil for dark, plum coloured flowers as well as more obvious whites and yellows  


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:41

Hi Panda 

Glad you all like the pix. We've had some lovely weather in April but as I'm off work this week it's all 'gone to s*** ' as my daughter would say 

I was hoping to get my grass sown for the new 'lawn' in the back garden but don't think that's happening unless it clears up. I've got it mostly prepared though so i'll just have to wait. Think I've become more patient in my old age....err... middle age 

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:34

I've grown V. bon from seed several times, and always sown it at around this time of year as it germinates more quickly. The plants will not be very big by the end of summer, but they still flower and I've then kept them for subsequent years when I've taken some cuttings to increase stock. 

Until this year that is - I've just binned most of mine 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:29

I'd suggest some fine wire to hold it in place. Some of the DIY stores as well as Garden Centres stock green plastic coated stuff on a reel which is excellent for that sort of job. I think I got mine in B&Q. 

Ideas for a end of garden mound?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:25

Hi Stu. Haven't fully read all the posts so apologies if I've missed anything. We had a similar issue at my last house with a corner of the front garden next to the lawn. We had a lot of other priorities but it was an eyesore so we cleared the rubbish and planted some shrubs - rhodies mainly as they're happy here. There was only a thin layer of soil over the dumped rubble etc so we chose things that would survive after a good start with extra compost and some blood, fish and bone added. It will have blended in quite well to the surrounding hedge and trees by now I think. 

how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:19

They'll grow perfectly well in neutral soil - it's a bit of a myth about ericacious, but there's no harm in doing that. If it's a small plant it may just need a bit of time to get established. Once they get going they grow quite steadily.Unless there's anything obvious like pests and diseases I think you're ok. If you can stick a pic on it'll help with other suggestions 

What can I plant?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:08

Verdun has come up with great ideas  always 

 Assuming the ground isn't too dry, I'd add white Hydrangeas if you have the room and also Dicentras. I have the white one which is great for a shady spot as it stands out on  a dull day. The spring flowering Spirea 'Bridal Wreath' is also good for a shower of white flowers at this time of year. Many of the Hostas with good variegation are ideal too along with Foxgloves and don't forget spring bulbs. Most Narcissus and Daffs will thrive happily and snowdrops should love it. I have a similar area and use many of these plants 

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