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Make Sense????

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:35

Is the honeysuckle in the ground Percy or in the same container?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:25

Love your little pond area David. Really nicely done. Poppies are very pretty too 

Plant ID's please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:22

My thoughts exactly doc 

hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:01

There are lots of Clematis which will grow on a shady wall - Nellie Moser is one  -so it might be worth taking a look at some of the specialist clematis sites online - Taylor's is one which lots of us here recommend. They need a fair bit of care in pots but there are lots of varieties which will be fine as long as they have that care.  Ivy is the only other thing I can think of, but again, it likes a bit of room at the roots. The ordinary hibernica ivy gets very big in the ground so it might stay quite contained in a big pot and do the job well enough.  Not something I've tried, but I do have one in a narrow bed for covering an ugly fence. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:28

Steve - I have to agree with you. I've been on so many hill walks that have a long 'start' in wooded areas and they're swamped by Rhodo ponticum. 

I inherited a large rhodie here by the front door, and while it does look quite stunning when it's in flower and has lovely rusty red new growth, I really don't like them. I'm always thinking I might take it out. Can't decide.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:19

Verd - that's a shocker. Nearly as bad as my giraffe one the other day 

What's Abbeydore like Verd? Save me looking it up... I'll be replacing some Autumn joy ones later this year.

hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:12

They really need to be in the ground Sharon. They're really not suited to being in a container for any length of time - even a big one. They need lots of room to do their thing.

strawberries courgette and cucumber

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:00

Don't grow cumbers or courgettes rosemummy but I do grow strawbs in big pots. I don't really do much with them at all - they've been fed and the fruits are forming now so I let them get on with it. I'll pot up runners to make more for next year. It's helpful to have something on the soil/compost to keep them from getting dirty and wet to avoid them rotting, which just attracts the dreaded slugs and snails. Straw is traditional but it can be gravel or grit or anything else suitable. Less of a problem in pots anyway. I take a few leaves off if the foliage is blocking light too much but that's usually later on. 

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:53

A change is a good thing if you feel you no longer like what you've created, but I would never just chuck plants out. I have loads of fences here and they're horrible and are being covered. I don't know why anyone would want to look at them in preference to plants. What I find funny is when people see lots of planting they automatically think it means lots of maintenance. The opposite is often true. Lots of greenery - in the form of shrubs in particular - saves  lots of weeding, and is beneficial to everyone, especially wildlife  

I think we're always tweaking our gardens and if something doesn't perform well then it can be moved or given away. Design in gardens reflects social change - it's been that way for thousands of years - but no one should dictate to someone else regarding what they like to plant in their own plot. Advise perhaps, but nothing more..


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:42

I had one climbing up the kitchen window recently  but I couldn't get a pic of him - it's too high up for me to get close enough... 

I love them too 

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