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Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:31

Pentillie that sounds wonderful. I didn't go to the Valley of the Kings when in Egypt but did do the Pyramids and Sphynx etc.  It's easy to forget how highly developed and ahead of their time the Ancient Egyptians were until you see the scale of their achievements in the flesh. Aren't we lucky that we're able to go to these places and see them in their full glory. You must have some terrific memories of that trip. 

MrsG - it's ok. We still understand what you're saying  

How to hide neighbours house

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 17:53

Birches are always a good bet and there are different types available.  Sorbus are lovely and give autumn colour and berries if you pick the Mountain Ashes types, but there is also  a Sorbus called Whitebeam which has lovely silvery green foliage and is a lovely 'tree' shape naturally. There are loads of different ornamental flowering Malus (cherries and almonds)so it may be a case of picking blossom colour to suit your taste. Apple trees are a lovely idea.  All these are pretty tough.  I don't know what your boundary is made of but, if you have a fence or wall, you could grow evergreen climbers along that and you could add some extra height to it by way of trellis etc to extend the greenery. That might be an easier solution than looking for evergreen trees for the boundary, as many of them can dominate a bit too much and will also take  a  fair bit of time to get to a decent height - conifers, pines etc. If you decide on deciduous trees, they could also be mixed with other evergreen shrubs so that it won't be bare in winter, especially if you decide to go for the 'island' area further into the garden.


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 17:30

'Beano' KEF? Not heard that one before! Sorry, no room for B&B at the moment - would have been no prob at last house - and you could have walked to the nursery from there too. Once my extension's done I might be able to squeeze you into a cupboard somewhere.

You would need to bring a truck for plants though. Very difficult not to go mad with the credit card there 

Lily - send a few here - they look lovely.  I'd intended making some today but my sister phoned......I'm now catching up with the housework I should have been doing 

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:32

The weather's always a good excuse for some new  plants Bob! 

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:26

Schizostylis Mrs G.   Don't worry - you can get pills for it...

or Kaffir lily 

While it's been good to have had our money's worth  from annuals this past season, I'm wondering how some of the perennials  are going to fare this year, especially  if there's no hard weather at all to knock them back. Will it affect their vigour if they've had no proper dormant period?  

Verd- you have a long season down there normally, what would you reckon?

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:14

I'd agree with you fidget- I also had variegated ones by the pond at my last house and they were largely untouched. I also think that, with most pests and diseases, weather and conditions play a role, so some years they will be worse than others. In the house near where I am now, I grew sieboldiana (among others) and it was never touched, but  I had a  small pond there and lots of birds coming in and I think that makes a huge difference. Even the 'softer' varieties had little damage. Not enough predators in this garden yet.

So - you need a pond Steve! 


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:00

It would certainly bring tears to my eyes Verdi....

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:59

I've already semi - pruned some of mine last October/November because I had to move them into their new raised beds from pots, so they haven't got terribly long stems anyway.  I think if you leave them as they are they'll just be  leggy with most of the flowers at the top. If the plants are sheltered you could probably do them now - maybe leave a couple of longer stems if you want and see what happens. I think someone said recently that they've started doing theirs because they have so many. (Berghill perhaps?)

 I know what you mean about chopping off nice new growth though!


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:46

Sorry, been away for a little while so just catching up again.

pd - steady on...

Happy Birthday Ggirl - hope you have cake to share...

Woody - hopefully things will pick up and there's not too much damage to your dahlias. Most of my bulbs are in pots as I was constructing raised beds for them so I'm just slotting them into spaces  until later on. 

Ok KEF - what's square and green?

A lemon in disguise...

Just some of the hellebores on sale where I go :


Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:37

It may have been sieboldiana steve.  It has blue, strongly ribbed leaves which are tougher than the more variegated ones, and the general consensus is that that's the reason they leave them alone. That said, I have one, and it was shredded last year by the giant snails that live here!

The self coloured ones tend to have tougher leaves anyway, so you might want to favour those. There's been lots of discussion on here about remedies to keep slugs away, from beer traps and grit, to garlic washes and night time hunting with a torch!

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