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Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:11

Heather - I also mentioned to someone else recently that there's an online nursery called Long Acre Plants who are shade specialists. I've not used them personally - I was looking for something specific and I came across them. They look very good and have a lot of lovely plants which may give you more ideas - if your bank balance can stand it! 

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 16:31

Maybe Mrs B's been playing away from home so he's getting some Dutch courage to confront the other 'man' lisa! 

Have I taken that too far....

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 15:48

I've probably got more than enough to fill my beds Bob, but I don't suppose it'll stop me buying some more plants!  

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 14:58

Does it clean the plants when it rains Jim? 

I use my hand when I'm applying B,F and B cos I like the smell. Is that a little sad? 

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 14:41

A single 'cream beauty' crocus has opened here 

but now the rain's on 

but the washing's almost dry 

the Lord giveth.....


It's all really coming on now Bob. The hard work last year's paying off 

My raised beds are still in their infancy too, but many of the small plants are really establishing. I was beaten by the weather last autumn as I had hedging to put in as well, so I didn't get the last bed completed. I'll get to it soon 

Transfer of seedlings

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:55

I've always just used Multi Purpose Susan. Seed compost has lower nutrient value so it's ideal for seeds (especially autumn sown ones) but they need more grub once they're growing away in spring  

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:45

They need a lot of attention in pots Steve as they're hungry plants. They're far better in the ground but if there's no alternative, you can grow them reasonably well in a decent sized pot, and there are varieties specifically meant for container growing. I grew one last year up the railings on my back steps as I'd just moved and there were no places to plant anything really. It wasn't a huge pot - about 12" and there were sweet peas in it as well.  It'll be going into a permanent border this year though! 

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:36

Nut - I bought Spartina many years ago from a specialist grass nursery - in Suffolk I think -  which no longer exists. I was looking for it again last year for this garden, and located a place online but it was very expensive. On a trip to the nursery I was looking at grasses - and there it was for a fiver. 

I don't know why it's not more widely available as it makes a nice arching clump once it gets going. I remember Alan Titchmarsh having it in his Barleywood garden. I think it grows well in coastal areas due to it coping with varying water levels. I'm sure I read about it growing in and around Morecambe Bay but I may have dreamt that! 

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:02

Pix as stated of the resin pot - you can get an idea of size from the other things around it. In the 1st pic it's the one with the Ligularia in it (large purple foliage) The 2nd one has emerging crocus in it but has primulas and robins in front of it.


Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:01

Charley I bought some large resin pots from B&Q last year which were £15 each - they had an offer on at the time so it was 3 for the price of 2. They look like terracotta and I have apple trees planted in two of them at the moment. I also bought a big terracotta pot - a plain one - from Homebase for about  a tenner. It's about 18" diameter. I'll find a couple of pix to give you an idea of size. 

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