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A few bulb queries (well it is that time of year...)

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 11:52

The species tulips (which are out at crocus time)  and the bog standard red and yellow one are fine in situ and will come back year after year. It's the fancy, frilly blousy ones which are less reliable and generally diminish after a couple of years.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 11:49

Re braking up clay - that was my thought Liri. My soil is neutral to acid and all the usual suspects grow well here so I think that's why I've never considered it. I know Verdun's soil is the opposite to mine so I expect it will be ideal. 

I'd like to share my pictures with you all

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 11:45

Lovely clear pix flumpy and great colour  

Make sure you put them on the garden thread too - Garden Pictures 2015. It's on the first page of threads just now. Lots of people look in on that thread regularly so they'll get to see them there, especially once this thread drops down a bit. 

Climbers, fences and shade

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:59

Hi Kai - honeysuckle will be fine in that situation as it likes it's feet in shade with a bit of sun to grow towards. Lots of clematis will be perfectly happy too, and ivy will grow anywhere. I'm sure jasmine will need sun - I don't grow it as my conditions wouldn't suit it, so I can't really advise on that one.

You'd be best to bulk up your soil with some well rotted manure and good compost. Clematis, in particular, need a lot of food. The main thing to address before planting anything is the strength of the fence. Climbers are heavy once they get going. Honeysuckle remains over winter as it has a woody structure, and it can get very heavy,  bringing fences down if they're not sturdy. Ivy's the same. Just be aware of the sizes they grow to before planting. Ivy can cover a huge area, and the montana clematis will do the same. 

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:50

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:43

Twice the length from the middle to the end...apparently  

I think the key is to have a very gritty growing medium for aeoniums. That way, you can water more freely but excess water will get away from roots.

Ponds - When to Clean it Out

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:36

Sometimes it's damage limitation philippa!

My ex partner had no idea there was a pond there. We had a big pond that fed into this one, but this just looked like an overgrown bed. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:08

I have a good window cleaner chicky...

He would probably have stayed there if I'd gone outside though. They're bold those youngsters!

Is it wrong that I laughed when the other one flew onto my neighbour's garage but didn't make the landing and slid off....


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:05

Panda - you deserve it and enjoy your hols 

Is there any danger of 'the midge' Hosta? 

He's the very scruffy one RB. The other one's getting his neck feathers back, although they both look better than they did a couple of weeks ago. Not bad pic for through the window!

Dove - I'm not getting involved - bamboo now.... 

It'll fall on deaf ears anyway!

That new roundup gel

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:00

Call me cynical but's a money making scheme. 

I don't rate these things at all but marketing men know how to get many of us to part with our hard earned cash 

I do pretty much what NL2 does. I don't use a lot of weedkiller, but when I have to , I use Resolva as it works very quickly. I find many others take so long to work that another load of weeds have seeded in and started a new generation. 

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