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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 

Insect bites

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 20:34

Yes ppauper. It's well known as an insect repellent but they don't want to concede that point apparently!

I've seen  big hairy men reduced to tears because of midges. Who's supposed to be the stronger sex again?...

plant suppliers to avoid

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 20:32

Verd's taking a break just now.

The thread is called The Good Guys. I'm afraid very few people have had success with plants supplied by Parker's or T&M. Fine for seeds and bulbs but not plants. 

Best to  contact them and include photos Stephen. Request a refund. Keep at them   


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 20:28

Evening people. Not long back from a walk. Changed my plan, as the clag was right down, and did one of the hills I've done quite a few times. It has a good path so navigation's straightforward. Left the camera - visibility only about 80 to 100 feet so not much to see! I've posted ones before anyway. 

Interesting re the hedgehogs Liri. I don't think people think things through when they decide to introduce non natives. 

Rain forecast for the weekend so hopefully the garden will get a much needed watering.

RB - are you sure the noise you heard was thunder and not all those ladies of a certain age fainting at the thought of the 'Jones boy' ?  

clematis montana

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 13:26

Assuming you have it on a wall or fence Erica, train the new growth sideways as well as up.  That creates more flowering opportunity. Montanas only need pruning when they outgrow the area you want them in. 

As ppauper says, unless you have an adequate space for it, you may be better opting for a  different type of clematis altogether. Montanas are most suited for covering sheds, garages , big walls/fences etc. as they get very big. 

Clematis mystery

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 08:13

Don't think it's Niobe - not really red enough. 

I don't think it matters which variety it is as long as you like it 

My Niobe

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