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Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:34

I'm the same Woody. Don't grow the very tall ones as the weather usually does for them. I also plant them deep and have them in quite sturdy pots so that they don't get blown over. If I grow them in plastic pots to put into gaps, they're supported by other shrubs so it's not such an issue.

Hedge problem

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:25

Men eh? Haven't moved on from neanderthals really have they... Same with barbecues - man ..make fire...cook meat 

I like a good burning too though 

I'd chop it as best you can Munch and get it in your brown waste collection unless it's going to stay dry for a while or you have somewhere to store it for a bonfire.  Difficult when you can't take it to a tip easily either. It'll probably fill a few bins though! Perhaps a neighbour would have space in theirs.  

Hedge problem

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:49

Are you talking about the hedge or the hedgecutter nut? 

It'll do the hedge the world of good Munch. It might benefit from a little water and a feed once it's been shorn. You'll be able to keep it to a nice size once it gets going. I find they grow best if they're trimmed lightly two or three times a year and it keeps them looking well   

Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:44


Lots of these daisy type flowers are so similar aren't they? I don't really grow any of them but my guess would have been Gaillardia or Rudbeckia so I don't feel quite so bad now 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:40

Well there's no need to go that far Forester...

Lots of trees turning here now. Rowans are beautiful with loads of berries. I love this time of year 

Not when it's chucking it down and blowing a gale though!

Grubs in turf

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:37

That's interesting Dave. I'm quite high above sea level here, and daytime temps are often in single figures regularly by beginning of October.  Normally well into single figures at night through September too, although this week has been warmer at night. 

Suze has bought chafer grub nematodes - would she be able to exchange them do you think Dave or Bboy? 

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:32

I grow lots in pots too philippa so I'm not disagreeing with you as such! I just always think if there's more maintenance involved than necessary it can be better to look for an alternative 

It's such a beautiful climber though. Do you find it gives a good enough display in a pot? We have it on the old building I work in. It's a joy in autumn. 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:27

Aye Steve - there's a bit more to us than Irn Bru, Nessie and deep fried Mars bars..

Most of my 'scenic views' are a bit higher than canal level, but that's a lovely set of pix. It's not often water is as 'glass like'  as that! 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:53

Hope you enjoy it Ann. When the weather's right it's a great place to be. Lake District has a very similar climate though. I've spent many happy hours there   

Glad you had a great time Steve. I remember you saying you were up here at that time. May's often good here and we've had very good weather through June and July too which is unusual! Autumnal colours are wonderful providing we don't get a lashing gale to strip the leaves off the trees first!  

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:47

They really need to be in the ground Su 

Could you make a raised bed of some kind along the side of the garage to give them more sustenance? That may work sufficiently to get a bit of coverage and do the job. If not, it may be best to look at something more suitable. Ivies will grow well in pots without too much bother, especially the common one which will stay well behaved in a restricted space yet will grow to a good size. Many shrubs will give good coverage, grow well in containers and they'll give year round interest if you pick carefully. 

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