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Posted: 17/06/2016 at 20:38

I'm just looking out the front window at one along the road from me. It's a good bit higher than the top of the front door, and that also has steps going up to it. It's at least ten feet, by about five feet diameter. 

They're big shrubs, given the right conditions. Ladybird's right - it will thank you for being in the ground and given room to thrive properly. They're ok in pots short term, but they aren't really ideal potted specimens long term.


Posted: 17/06/2016 at 20:05

Sorry RB   My girls aren't too bad. Oldest is making a pavlova and a lemon meringue pie for some party at her Dad's tomorrow. There had better be some left for me - otherwise I'll be charging her father for the use of my facilities!  

I'm doing a long walk tomorrow, may kip overnight to save coming back, so I'll need some tasty dessert to boost my sugar levels. Purely medicinal of course.... 

BM - sofa 

Valerie - she PMd me as I'd posted something on her thread. She seems to be fine and coping well enough. I'm sure she'll let us know of any developments if she can.

Distorted clematis bud

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:10

Hi Michael - not sure I can help but, if nothing else, it bumps the thread up and someone else may offer some good advice. 

A few questions though - what are the conditions like that your clematis is planted in - ie, dampness and type of  soil?  Where is it sited? Is it in the ground or in a pot? Are there any noticeable signs of insect damage? How does the foliage look?  

The answers may help to ID the issue. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:01

Tasty LP    

Skies are a bit grey today aren't they? At least it's slightly warmer. To be better tomorrow   


Posted: 17/06/2016 at 17:55

Evening all. Been outside shifting slabs and digging out turf...it's neverending....

But - I have a lovely carpet 

But no bed yet RB   All in good time. I've been without one for four and a half years, so I can wait a little longer  

You'll miss your son - but he'll bring washing round when he visits.... 

The young fairylets came home from their holiday last night. How can they produce more washing than they do when they're at home?  

Dove - hope the antibos help. My colleague at work has had a terrible time with her little boy. He's had a strep throat which they got cleared up, only for it to return a week later. It's washed him out totally. Sofa time is good though. I've not seen any of the tennis. The boy won today again though. 

Valerie - the thread was removed, as ppauper says. It's become a bit more serious for the poster, although she's returned under a new name, so hopefully you'll see her posting again. 

No flowers in my Hostas

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:17

No sign of flowers on any of mine but I'm in the north. As KT53 says - they might just not be ready to flower yet  

I don't care for the flowers though, apart from the  white ones. I take all the lilac ones off 

Wrong colour fence

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:07

Black is  a great  background colour jase. Brighter foliage looks superb against it. Your plot looks terrific.

I have a fair bit of black here and I also use Willow as a contrast in certain places. The key is to not go mad with lots of different colours. You have to take into account the hard landscaping shades - paving, gravel etc, as well as the planting.

The background should ideally  be in harmony with the rest of the garden, even if it's to contrast with plants, unless you want to create a bit of 'Gaudi' in your plot!  

Is this a camellia tree??

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:00

They can, and do, grow very large over time with the right conditions. You can prune camellias successfully, and it would be fine to do it now. If you're worried, take some off now and do the same next year after it's flowered. A tidy up round the base, a feed and a good watering, followed by a mulch will help it recover from the haircut  

Make sure it has plenty of water in late summer when the new flower buds are forming. It will be pretty dry round the base as the foliage canopy prevents rainwater getting through easily. 


Posted: 17/06/2016 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat.

Joyce - I've just been looking at Yvie and BL's photos while listening to, and watching Neil Kinnock crying on the BBC breakfast news. I think that highlights your earlier comment. 

Better day here today, hopefully a little warmer- it wouldn't be hard. It only reached 12 degrees yesterday. Barely into double figures when I went to work too  

Hosta - I have a spare shovel...but you're too far away for a quick visit...

Carpet fitter coming later so I may be able to move into my new bedroom. I'd have to sleep on the floor though....

Off for another look round here before I go to work, and earn a few shekels to pay for it all.

Have a good day everyone 

Garden Visits

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 07:47

Beautiful pix Yvie and BL.  

I particularly like Scotney - who needs loads of bright colour when you have a stunning building, water and greenery? The cow parsley one is my favourite. The other one of the Sissinghurst oast houses (?) and the sea of white daisies is also glorious. Less is more was never more apt. 

With you on the antirrhinums Hosta! 

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