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Posted: 14/06/2016 at 08:01

Morning all/afties Pat if you're about.

Not had time to catch up - had to work extra last night, although at home, so I didn't dare put the laptop on or I'd have got nowt done  

Ppauper - I think that's the snail that's been eating another poster's plants! 

Hope the sickly ones are a bit cheerier today after sofa surfing. 

Work for me shortly. Am I getting old, or as soon as it's Monday, before I know it, it's Friday? Each day seems to go by very quickly  

Anyway, have a grand day all 

Eaten plants

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 07:54

They're b***ers Rachael aren't they? I get great satisfaction chucking them over the fence into teh road to take their chances with the traffic  

Slugs are worse than the giant snails here but a drier winter than usual has meant they've been less of a nuisance. I also gave up growing susceptible plants. Clematis are the biggest issue but, again, the drier weather as they emerged has really helped. Picking them off at night,when they come out in early spring, and 'dispatching' them is the best method of control if you can manage it. 

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Posted: 13/06/2016 at 12:51

it - try Taylor's clematis, or Raymond Evison, or any of the other specialist clematis nurseries.

Don't buy clematis from these other companies - you'll only get those tiny plugs. If they survive, you'll then have to nurture them for a very long time before you get a decent garden plant. A clematis nursery will send a quality plant and offer help and growing advice as well.

The old adage  'buy cheap. buy twice' really applies in this situation 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 08:07

You're doing brilliantly Wonks. After only three years, from what was basically a car park,  mine looks like it's been there a very long time. It's very satisfying isn't it? 

Plants with legs

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 08:04

Doesn't really sound like a mistake does it? 

What the **** is wrong with people!

Dove's suggestion is excellent, even if you feel like strangling them. Do you know them well enough to knock on the door, or is that not really an option?


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat. Your pic made me smile  

Dove - that sounds very much like the lurgy I had - the cough just wouldn't go. My 'normal' colds always start with a cough and I thought it was the same, but it went on and on even when the cold arrived. I never went to the doc, but perhaps it's worth going? 

Have a good trip Lesley.  Don't envy you your journey chicky 

More rain overnight so hopefully don't need to water anything today. Think you'll get some today Joyce  

Off for a very quick look round before I head to work. Have a good day everyone


Clematis - group 1 help

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:25

It'll be fine - they're pretty robust. You've really done it the world of good as it will produce more stems and you can therefore get better coverage by tying them in horizontally  

It'll make lots of growth during the rest of the year, so just tie it in while it's soft. It will gradually become woodier and that's when it becomes trickier, as it breaks when you try and bend it into the space you want it. 

Eaten plants

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:18

At this time of year, most likely caterpillars Rachael. Slugs and snails are also able to destroy soft new growth rapidly on many plants.

What plants do you have the issue with?

Clematis - group 1 help

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:14

Hi joanna - most montanas are the big guns of the clematis world, used for covering sheds, garages, ugly fences etc. They flower on old growth, so constantly pruning them means you lose the stems which would carry the flowers in the following spring. Usually, you would train them onto the structure they're on,  weaving the stems in and out and tying them in as you go. You can do that horizontally to get better coverage. A framework of wires helps - I see you have something on your fence. Unlike most of the other clematis, they have a woody framework all  year round, and the flowers will appear on that each year. If it's outgrowing it's space, you just prune to keep it in check.

Freckles  probably won't get as big as the montana, but train it onto the fence in the same way to create the framework which it will have all year round. It flowers earlier and you can tidy it then if you need to.

Hope that's of some use. 

Last edited: 12 June 2016 21:15:34

Climber for a north facing fence

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:02

They're spectacular when in flower ppauper. The clue's in the title - 'grandiflora' ...

Girl across the road from me has one covering her garage. I can see it from my front windows. It's beautiful just now. 

I planted some on  the long front boundary fence of my last house. I might take a drive out there and see if they've grown a bit - unless the rabbits have got to them. They tried their hardest at the time. Chicken wire cages round 'em!

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