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Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:36

Perhaps I broke the 'pic posting' bit  with my snowy was all too much for it  

Feeding Cannas

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:34

I'd expect it to be showing a good bit by now if it's been sheltered. Don't know if it's worth poking at it - if you have room perhaps just leave it for now and give it a bit more time.  Doesn't sound too hopeful but perhaps someone else here has grown it and can advise more. Verdun grows cannas.

Mine didn't make it through the winter - should have brought it into the house - the temporary cold frame arrangement wasn't nearly enough.  Wasn't that bothered as I didn't really like it! 

how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:27

Good point W'song. Away from early morning sun to avoid damage from frosts to the emerging flowers. West facing is usually best 

Feeding Cannas

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:23

Hi Yvie. I've always used tomato food for mine and I expect you can feed a bit now if there's some good growth on the Durban. I just fed once every couple of weeks or so through the summer - or when I remembered   I'd say if there's no sign of growth on the other one that it's not made it though. I'd expect them to be growing a bit at this time of year. Are they undercover?

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:18

I have Niobe which is a deep red. It's quite similar in type and size to EV. If you take a look on Taylor's Clematis site you'll find hundreds to choose from, but it's hard to  only choose one or two!  You can pick them by colour, name, flowering time etc so it's a good way of finding what you want.

The montanas will grow through your tree - they flower in spring and are pale pink or white depending on variety. Most nurseries, GCs and diy stores will offer a few varieties. 

how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:23

Think I'd leave till after flowering if it has any gina. They are usually fine, even after quite a hefty haircut. Plenty of tlc afterwards - food and water etc. Probably best to keep in a pot till some good new growth appears before planting out though. If you're worried about taking too much off, do it in a couple of stages. 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:17

Hi Verdi. Could have done with a magic wand on Saturday to get rid of the winter weather!

Of course, I'm sure you've just missed my superior jokes- they're always so much better than yours....


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:14

Hi Jude - I  have a similar border in my back garden which is against the rear fence and is very narrow. I have many of the previously mentioned plants in it and at one end, in a higher raised section, I have Osmanthus burkwoodii  which is flowering just now. It's a good evergreen with small white flowers.  At the other end I have Pachysandra terminalis which has just finished flowering. Good evergreen ground cover with white flowers. Some of the Heucheras and Tiarellas will also be happy there. Lots of varieties available. I have one called Alabama Sunrise which has good bright foliage. 

Non green fingered newbie

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:03

Hi Wayne. A great project for you and I'd agree with PPots - keep everything tidy, remove rubbish and anything invasive or unwanted and then take a bit of time to decide what you want and what you don't want for your garden.

My advice is always the same - make a list of your likes and dislikes whether that's colours, styles, planting or hard landscaping materials. Check what kind of soil you have and where the sun is at various times of day, including anything nearby which will affect light -  garages, overhanging trees etc. Then make a list of your requirements - dining/seating areas, play area for children if you have them, veg plot if you'd like that, storage/ work area and so on. When you've done that, measure your plot as well as you can and draw up a plan which you can then work out ideas on. Make a few copies as that makes it easier when you change your mind - which you will!  Doesn't have to be fancy but make sure anything you draw is to scale. 

Making Nematode Soup from Slugs

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:50

Maybe if you burn and grind them in front of the other slugs it helps too.....

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