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Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:36

Yes archie - # but while there's moonlight, and music and love and romance.....


What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 08:24

I use a few grasses or lower growing plants but also keep a bit of distance if possible. I also make sure clematis have plenty of food and water - water's not a problem here normally! Don't like slates or cobbles etc as it's too nice a home for slugs and snails who love new clematis shoots 

Protecting Lillies & Hardy Fuchsias in Pots

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 08:09

Never had lilies undercover. We have high rainfall ( I'm well north of Watford LLass!) so I've always kept them near a house wall to protect them from waterlogging.

Don't grow fuchsias of any kind, but my understanding is that taking cuttings of the half hardy ones is the right advice to back up any losses. 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:52

Morning all. Wet here but work all day for me so I don't mind. Plants are all nicely watered in and paint has stayed on the fence so it's all good 

Next week they'll tell us frying everything in lard is the best method of cooking KEF.

Off for a quick look round before I leave.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:23

1985 would get me nearer 27 too -very near!  


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:17

MrsG - Don't be put off  by previous rubbery tomatoes. Perhaps it was simply the variety you tried, or adverse weather had affected them. Someone I know asked me what her husband  should grow because he'd got a little growhouse as a present. I just said - don't grow stuff you don't like. That's the best starting point. I only grow herbs, lettuce, rocket and a few toms.  I got some strawberries last autumn too. I don't have the time, space or inclination to grow lots of other stuff.  Never feel you're not a gardener if you don't grow your own veg. Do what suits you and your lifestyle. 


I don't do hanging baskets either  

Got some paint mixed and  some onto the fence. Much better colour now. Hate to think how many coats it's had to cover up the Dale Winton tangerine underneath   

Bought trellis to go on it, so I need to get that painted and attached before the climbers get too big. 

Roast dinner made and consumed. Daughter made Yorkshires. Very nice they were too. Cup of tea now I think.

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Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:00
BizzieB wrote (see)

Brilliant idea!

Could be used to hide an ugly wall/fence too.

or an  ugly neighbour...


If you can do a bit of diy , a few posts with trellis, backed by  marine ply (painted black) or landscape fabric, will give you a screen while plants grow. You could hang the window boxes at the top and plant them with trailing ivies etc and have a larger container at the base for the climber. You could  use a large shrub like Viburnum  rather than a climber if you did that. 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:08

She's certainly manipulating Martin Compston - what a cracking actor he's turned out to be after fame going to his head as a youngster. It keeps twisting and turning doesn't it? They're all brilliant. Either she's the ultimate bunny boiler or Dryden's even more clever and conniving than she is! Don't know why it was stuck on BBC 2 on a Wednesday with hardly any promotion. Should be in a prime slot.

I'll have some of that bread, pretty please Dove 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:01

Not sure about knowing all the answers LH - Even if I live to 100, I still wouldn't know half of what some people here know! 

Been gardening about 30 years I suppose - from when I had a tiny little patch in front of my first flat 

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:57

In my experience, rhodos cope well with drier soil when they're well established shrubs, which this one seems to be. Although we get high rainfall here, often the ground directly under them is quite dry because the water doesn't get through the foliage. I've inherited  one which is by the front door and in the lee of the house wall. It's in great condition and is really quite dry underneath.

It looks more like disease rather than lack of, or too much water I'm afraid. 

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