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Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:14

I put lots of pix on here last year when I was building a new fence etc. There might be a few on here further back BM. It's all work in progress I'm afraid.

If you're concerned about the ground, it might be worthwhile carefully lifting your clematis when they're dormant, so that you can get it into shape first and then replant. 

Here's a couple of pix from a month or two ago


Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:02

Every car accident I've been in was caused by a man - was it you Verd?....

Interestingly, they all ran into me when I was stationary - usually waiting to make a right turn. They were all in a hurry and thought they could get through the 'gap'...which wasn't big enough of course. Not really surprised - men are always over- estimating sizes.....

When I was married,  if I didn't do things myself I'd still be waiting now - some 12 years down the line! I remember buying a car and the salesman insisted on speaking constantly  to my husband (boyfriend at the time) who had only just passed his test. I said it was me buying the car not least he had the decency to look embarrassed! 

Looking at it the other way round - I used to get fed up hearing female friends say they couldn't possibly cut the grass. I said 'Can you use a hoover?'  'Yes' they'd say, so  I said  'Well it's the same thing - you plug it in and push it up and down'. 


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:46

Evening chicky 

Your post wasn't there when I posted mine KEF  Glad you had a lovely time chez fidget.

Did you actually leave her some fruit? 

The time will fly by now lily 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:38

I'm in central Scotland BM. Nothing but clay in all the gardens I've had,  and usually lots of rain but it's been very dry here during June and first bit of July  which is rare. I always put lots of grit and good compost in when I plant a clematis to counteract the clay, a bit of F,B and B at planting time and tomato food once buds appear. This is a new garden though - virtually nothing here a year ago - and I've built raised beds down one side so all the plants are getting off to a good start. Where I've started new borders in grass, they've had plenty of manure over the winter, and compost when anything goes in. Those areas  are shadier and have plants which are happy with some moisture. 

Don't give up with your clematis - they're so lovely when they're growing well. If you improve the drainage and the surrounding soil I'm sure you'll see a difference. They'll grow well in big pots and containers, so if you're struggling, invest in a couple of statement pots to grow them in 

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:24

Hi Nikmat. That's a columbine - Aquilegia. They flower in spring so that's the seedheads forming. They'll seed around if you let them, or you could cut the stems back. They'll die back over winter and start appearing again in early spring.

If you google the name it'll bring up some pix - there's loads of varieties of them though!


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:21

Evening all. Too much to catch up with and comment on but love the snake pix Dove. Poor little froggy but - that's the wonderful world of wildlife eh? 

Just as well we didn't have St Swithin's yesterday - very wet here all afternoon and last night  It's done the plants a world of good but we could do with a lot more. Been unusually dry here for the last 4/5 weeks. 

Been very busy at work so not done much outside since Sunday. Been getting on with timber 'boxes' for the apple trees - one completed and painted so will hopefully get the 2nd one finished and get them both planted at the weekend, weather permitting. Screen to make for the bit inbetween for clematis etc. It'll be nice when I'm not doing so much building and can do more footering with plants. Still have paths and a grass area to do at some point.

Off to see what's what now that I've had dinner 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:04

Lovely pix again everyone - always lovely to see them 

The heavy rain yesterday has freshened the beds and borders at last although we need a lot more. Not often I can say that here!

Took a photo of my clematis Etoile Violette. Always such great value - flowers for ages and still just a young plant.



Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:08

I popped out for a bit and there's all this extra news!

Congrats to BL - that'll keep you out of trouble 

Glad you've had a good time Andy - did you enjoy Chelsea etc? Perhaps you could persuade Mrs Andy to get a roof rack or a small trailer... I meant for extra plants, not her...

Edd  Don't think mine ever ate anything too unsavoury. Except when their Dad cooked....


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:39

I didn't like to say.....


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:27

I can't even attract nutters any more Verd.....

Thought I'd better follow my own advice and take a look at my toms today as I've ignored them for a day or two  Trusses set on all plants now so gave them a feed. Removed some of the lower leaves too - I think it helps with air circulation especially if they're a bit confined like mine are - plastic growhouses not a real greenhouse. Good husbandry I feel.

Italophile was on earlier Verd - gave OL some advice about her brown bottom.....

Great pix Dove. Amazing how quickly a pond establishes. I wish more people would give them a go - so beneficial for wildlife.

Brilliant tatties OL! 

The hydrangea has pretty standard white flowers lily - clue's in the title though - the leaves are oak leaf shaped 

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