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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 19:37

Not long in so catching up. Birdy re your clematis comments - I didn't take it out - I moved house!! I've moved umpteen times in the last 3 and a half years for reasons I won't go into - but I've had allsorts of sizes and challenges in the gardens I've had. Last house had nearly 2 acres - a lot of it grass - and was overrun with rabbits and very neglected, especially the big pond and it's surroundings. I've only been in this house a few months and there's not much in it apart from gravel, slabs and fences! Virtually everything is in pots for now as I need to extend so it's a blank canvas. Not sure how long I'll stay here as I find it too noisy but I'll leave my mark- good or bad!

It's all a learning curve isn't it Birdy? Gardens and life  

I wish you lots of luck - I understand how hard it must be for you. There's lots of good people here who are always willing to offer advice and when the weather's duff.......cake..virtual only I'm afraid!! 

I have a new man in my life

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 19:24

Yes Verd- get it now.....

Aren't you thinking of Wallis Simpson....?

I don't need a coat here - it's mucho scorchio today !!!! was too hot...

advice please

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 19:21

bluejan I'm in Scotland albeit south of Glasgow just now but I've grown lots of phormiums in various gardens and I reckon it's wet that kills them more than cold. If you can put them in a sheltered spot and give them good sharp drainage you should be ok. My last house was quite high and exposed and I grew them there - I've had some for years. Putting them in pots helps as you can move them out the wind during the worst weather etc but really good drainage if they're in the ground. Think sharp gritty compost that alpines like! Some fleece would probably be the best bet- just make sure it's well anchored! 

Yellow Wave is very smart. I have 'Blackadder' too - which is very dark - as my daughter loves the programme! 

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:54

Aren't birds brilliant!

I sound like that character from The Fast Show...

Good point about the mealworms Tim- will make sure I do that since it's been so dry recently. Had stopped putting them out a little while ago but feel it's useful for parent birds especially as this has been such a weird spring for them.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:50

Carnaby has different stamens John- kind of open whereas Dr R's are  closed. It's also much lighter - more pink and pale pink.


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:42

It will hopefully go over the fence then Criss 

It's all a big learning curve but there are lots of very helpful people on here so ask away! As nut says - they will be quite heavy once they get going so it's worth making sure your existing fence is relatively sturdy too. Keep us posted- photos are always really helpful on here too as it's gives instant info!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:36
gardeningfantic wrote (see)

opps..  cant seem to do the quote system very well..

It seems to do that sometimes Gf. That's my excuse anyway!



Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:32

Chick and Tina- re Mums - me too x

fred#60 - John Harding has a clematis he was sold as V. Pennel but isn't - he put a pic on either the' summer' or 'garden gallery' thread - which we think is Dr. R- perhaps you could take a look?

I need to get more screw eyes in too for the clems I've put in this week - they're already putting on new growth like mad with all this heat!

Fred-Just looked and it's the garden gallery thread 


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:25

And what height and aspect? They can get up a fair height but they will naturally want to grow towards the light Criss so they may come back on themselves a bit if they're planted on the south-ish facing side if you know what I mean.

Does that make sense? I know what I mean but not sure anyone else will!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:20

Wintersong- I just hope there are no oaks growing there - might create a bit of a problem! 

I'll get some spires to go either side of the Fatsia while it's small- foxgloves or something. Will have to think about that - could go and look round nursery of course....

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