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Posted: 21/06/2016 at 20:29

That sounds lovely Ggirl  

I might use mine for part of the fence - it's about 8 feet by 6! If not, I'll be able to use it for building something like a planter in another bit of the garden.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 20:14

We all do it wakeshine- very few of us are immune to those tempting bargains  

It's worth giving them the right treatment though. In a couple of years when you have lots of lovely flowers on mature climbers, you'll be glad you did it 

Out of interest, what varieties did you buy? Different types require different treatment with pruning etc.


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 20:02

Hi Gardengirl - hope you're ok. Haven't seen you posting for a while. 

You do so much with your pallets. I think it's great. I've had building work done and I kept the giant pallet they had used. I thought of you when I was shifting it! 

What are you putting in those? 

A pink Geum like Totally Tangerine?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:59

I stand corrected Richard! 

Is that a new introduction then? It's quite unusual. 

Mock Orange

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:57

Betty - well done! Kind of you to come back and let everyone who gave advice an update too 

They're smashing shrubs, given the right care -  as you've discovered!

Enjoy the lovely scent - this year and in future years too.

A pink Geum like Totally Tangerine?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:49

Geums are in the yellow/orange/red spectrum Chloe - no purples or pinks!

Plant name

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:19

The flowers are quite restrained in style - not like a rose or anything big and showy. They're usually orange, and not unlike Strelitzia flowers which are often called bird of paradise as they look 'bird like'. 

They're really grown as foliage plants though. One of mine flowered last year or the year before, so I'll see if I can find a pic of it. I had two identical plants - bought at the same time, planted in the same containers - everything the same, but only one flowered.

Some plants can throw out a flower when they're under stress - for instance, if they're short of water or nutrients etc. It's a reaction to that because, if they think they're about to die, they try to reproduce, hence the flower 


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:13

What lovely news LP-delighted for you all, and will keep all my fingers and toes crossed that all continues to go well  

I'll uncross them on the hills though - if that's ok  

Did I miss what the photo shoot is for ?  

Hope your weekend was really enjoyable B'man 

I agree with you about Wales obelixx. I have no real interest, but the pride they seem to have (in general) in their country's achievements is lovely.  Having had two major relationships in my life - both avid football fans - it's nice to have control over the TV remote now...    

Glad you're a bit chirpier Wonks. I'm about to do spicy chicken for dinner if you want some 

Plant name

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:58

It's a Phormium . They do flower - and that is the flower spike - but it can take a few years for them to do it, and even then , it can be a hit and miss thing. The flowers are interesting, rather than blousy!  

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:57

Hi wakeshine - obelixx has given you excellent advice re your small clematis. They're just not mature enough to withstand life yet in an open border. At that size, they're not much more than last year's cuttings, so they won't be mature plants, giving a good display for quite a long time, hence the need to pot them on and let them mature first. If you want to avoid potting plants on, it would be better to buy a mature specimen from a nursery or GC, which you can plant out now.

I know it's tempting to buy these inexpensive plants, but they're inexpensive for a good reason!  

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