Latest posts by Fairygirl

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:24

I've had to remove one that was growing under the rhodie at the front door LP. The rhodie was coming out anyway, but that's when I found it 'lurking'. It had seeded from somewhere. It was only a couple of feet high and that was hard enough to get out. They're not the most attractive thing in the world, and I'd say it spoils your birches too. 

I've got another one that's clearly done the same at the back boundary. I have to hack it to the ankles every year - I've got no chance of digging that one out - it goes under the pavement  

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:21

I think that's toast Karen....

Has he got a decent sized piggy bank? 

Purple and blue

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:54

Looks nice KOG. Night Owl is beautiful - I can highly recommend it if you like dark colours. Very similar to the chryso. I also have one called Black Dragon which is similar to the Dusky Challenger one from the look of the photos.

I can't find any pix of mine. I'll try and get a few when they flower. Most of them have been in pots and have been a bit nondescript in the last couple of years while waiting for the new beds for them. 

Purple and blue

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:31


They're really beautiful plants Loana. Bit shorter than the big summer Irises, and ideal for damper ground  

Wildlife pond crisis

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:29

I've topped up my ponds when necessary with tap water in the past, but we do have soft water up here. I stick the hose through the handle of the garden fork and stick it on the 'shower' setting so that it's like a heavy shower of rain. It aerates the pond as well as topping it up. 

I think if you're worried, you can fill a few buckets with tapwater, then leave it for a few days before adding it to the pond. That helps get rid of any build up of chemicals in it. I remember someone telling us to do that when we were getting fish for a fish tank. I'm sure someone will correct me if that's wrong 

Clematis wilt

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:22

Pix might be too big. They tend not to load well if they're over about 2mb

If they're mature plants, and there's nothing else obvious bothering them, I'd say it's dry ground that's the most likely reason. Poke a finger in round the base and see what it's like. It there's a decent amount of top growth, they need a good bit of moisture to support it. 

How many climbers would you plant to cover an 8m wide wall?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:14

Three decent clematis would do the job, or four if you had a couple of alpinas in there. Many are perfectly happy in a northerly aspect. If you choose carefully, you can have colour there most of the year.

Hydrangea would be perfect though. There is an evegreen one whose name I've forgotten but petiolaris is hard to beat, I think. 

I quite like your wall. Leaving some on show is actually a nice backdrop. You could use a few evergreen shrubs for all year interest, with a few climbers in behind, instead of just climbers.  How much room do you actually have at the base for planting though? It'll be very dry there anyway,  so you'll need to improve the soil a good bit. 

Clematis wilt

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:04

Wilt is quite rare Ryan. It's more likely to to be lack of water as it's been very dry this spring almost everywhere, or new growth that's had a little frost. 

What variety is it? What else do you have  growing round about it? If you can upload a pic that will help further. Start with the camera icon - top right.  

Frost damage

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:01

It's just the way of it Rob. I did the same when I was younger - I think we've all done it.

We're used to waiting up here in the north, and I learned a long time ago to forget about having lots of less hardy plants  as I don't have the time for doing them - much as I'd like to! 

Even so - I still insist on growing tulips, even though they usually get annihilated with wind and rain most years. This year has been great as we've had less rain and wind, and the soil has warmed up more quickly. I'm making the most of it  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 08:46

It's gorgeous Joyce. It's such an unlikely specimen for most of the year, but when it flowers.....

Even nicer when it has a bit of meaning for you too.

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