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plant suppliers to avoid

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:34

Hey pp - maybe they built the porch while they were there.....

Cat deterrent

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:32

Great stuff Sheps. They're the bane of my life. I used gripper rod on some of the fence, but I've just invested in one of the water scarers since I got an outside tap put in recently during building work. Wish I'd done the tap as soon as I moved in - would have saved me a lot of time, money and patience over the last three years. It's brilliant  

Growing clematis Montana over an arch

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:27

Hi Jessica - It's only a small plant you have so it will take a while to get going, but once it does it will grow rapidly. I'm not sure you need to do anything to it other than get it in the ground now. You could lightly prune it if it's leggy looking, and then just let it get on with growing. 

As it grows more stems, yes - weave it in an out and tie it in to get better coverage for flowers to grow on. It will  then cover a fairly big area and you can leave it to get on with it, and eventually just prune bits off to contain it if  outgrows the space. They flower on the older growth ( plus anything produced after flowering in spring ) so if you prune after flowering you'll sacrifice some flowers the following year. Not an issue on a big, mature plant.  The more you prune it back, the more flowers you lose as you're cutting off the bits it flowers on.

Unlike the 'usual' clematis, montanas have a woody framework present all year round. They don't need much care once established. 


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:42

Hi Dove - glad you had a good holiday. I did wave my wand for  good weather for you... 

Cloud's right down here Joyce so everything is still damp. Supposed to clear up later, but doesn't look like it just now. It saves me watering! Hopefully, the ground where I need to put a new fence post in will be easier to dig out too  

Shallow soil

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:25

The thread was Progress Update soulboy  

Grenfly particularly bad this year?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:20

Much the same as Liri. Although we had milder (for us) weather in December, once we were into the new year it was normal service resumed. Then very cold but very dry from March onwards so the slugs were in much smaller numbers than usual. It only started warming up recently - during May. Blue tits have had any greenfly. I don't grow many susceptible plants, so that probably helps. 

It depends whereabouts in the country you are. 


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:14

You should just have cut to the chase Hosta....

I believe black bin bags are also popular as a sledge.  How very common... 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:10

Gorgeous pix Steve. I'm hoping that I can open up some gaps in the fence and possibly get a hoggie coming in, now that I have the water scare to keep the r***y cats out. Working a treat 

Lovely pix too yarrow. I know jackdaws are a bit thuggish, but I quite like their boldness. Ditto magpies. 

Perhaps your starling has lost his map and compass...

I think I tried a Helianthemum donkey's years ago in another garden, but it didn't do very well. Technically alpines, so didn't like the winter wet. Perhaps with a bit of shelter over winter - a cloche if you're in a wet area? Are you a bit further north than me? I can't remember.  

Ironically - many of them are named after Scottish hills! 

Climber for shade

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 09:56

Just as an addition to what's already been said Lou - if the shade is also dry shade, you'll need to be vigilant with watering to get anything established. A good dollop of rotted manure mixed in, and a mulch afterwards  will help retain moisture too. 

I agree with Liri though - S. Queen climbs but I don't think Blondie does - or not very quickly anyway. 

Does it really have to be evergreen? You'll have more scope if you have a few evergreen shrubs with some perennials (or low growing evergreens)on the floor and a mix of things like clematis as the 'height'. 

Re the hydrangeas - the usual Petiolaris isn't evergreen but Seemanii is, although I don't think it's as hardy as Petiolaris. I don't think they're suitable candidates for your site though - they look best in a big space where they can show off their flowers - like a house wall.


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 09:44

Morning all/afties Pat. Had a bit of a lie in... I have been awake though 

We have had rain - hurrah! I swear  the grass looks better already. I think some of the plants have heaved a sigh of relief. T'bird - I always think it's strange if anyone in the west of Scotland HAS a water butt!

What a shame the weather's poor BL - I hope it brightens up for you all over there. Makes these events so much more enjoyable for everyone, especially after all the hard work you put in. 

Hosta - we need details of what you said to the 'parasite' yesterday. Spare no details please 

Welcome dewdrops. I had one of those cold/cough things recently - lasted for weeks and knocked me for six. Hope you don't have it for too long. 

I'll have a quick look round now to see what you've all been up to already today, or last night when I was asleep 

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