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Clematis and fir trees

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 07:01

Hi Sarah, are they conifers as opposed to a 'Christmas tree' type fir? The ground would be poor for quite a distance round them so Clematis would always struggle to do well. If you really want to try one I'd suggest a montana type which are the vigorous, fence/wall covering kind that flower at this time of year - small flowers, pink or white varieties, but you'd still have to improve the ground a lot and plant a good distance away initially to give it a chance.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 06:55

Morning chick and Dove.

Dry here but there's been a good bit of rain to water all the new plants in. Will pot up the clematis when I finish work -Niobe, Duchess of Edinburgh and Miss Bateman. 3 for £12 at Homebase. I'll let them get a bit bigger before I put them in their final place. What plants have you got planned for your lovely new bed chick?

Best go for my shower and  breakfast now. 


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 19:41

Evening all. Had a busy day and just been catching up with all your 'stuff'.

Can't remember everything that's happened but chicky - your OH is excelling himself these days. Looks tremendous 

Doc -  pix are lovely. I have a pic of the blue glass sculpture on Murano too. 

Finished planting up all the border outside the boundary fence after work, and washed pots for the three clematis that miraculously found their way into my basket yesterday along with a couple of bargain packs of lilies and some lily of the valley...

Off to see what's what now that dinner has been consumed.


What do I grow?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 07:34

Mike - would it help if we added a general area to our lists so that you can make comparisons on the planting? It would mean we'd have to do another post or you can check the map of where we are,  or even our profiles but some people may not have much info. 

Sending my best wishes to you and your wife Fishy. It's a traumatic time for you both x

Mike - we're all here here to keep you occupied and chat with you as you know. You carry on doing what you like to do here. I'm baffled at the reaction by a few people frankly  

Clari - I have that second one you have!


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 07:24

Morning all. Cloudy here but dry for now.

Heading to work soon so just having a quick look round before I go. Busy day yesterday so I haven't seen what you've all been up to yet.

Have a good day all you lucky people not at work  

Mother -in-law tongue flower

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:34

Don't hold back BB!  Glad I don't have to bother about any of that any more....

I believe it's the shape and the jaggy nature which led to the nickname. It's a wonder the PC brigade haven't made it a criminal offence to call it that 

Wildlife Pond plants.

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:29


idiot gardener needing some advice - may have just killed my plants!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:28

Just another tip to add to all the good advice already Jonathan - you said it happened about an hour after you fed them so I'm assuming it was late in the day when you watered. If you do it in the morning plants have the whole day for the water to be absorbed and the excess to drain away, and it helps prevent plants sitting in freezing wet soil if it turns very cold. Most plants (of any type) will withstand dry cold much better than wet cold 

Wildlife Pond plants.

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:14

That would be bad Jack...

Hey Wilbur - are you 'dissing' my moss?....

what next for these tomatoes?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:11

They look like they're already in 3" pots to me so I'd put them into a 6" pot djjjuk, and you can bury the stem a bit when you do that. You're probably going to need a little bit of support for them soon  as well 

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