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Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:23

Are they sheep's ears now Matt? 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:22

Let me know what you think of Cathy MrsG. I grew them last year and while the scent was terrific and there were loads of flowers , I found the colour a bit disappointing. They were a little muddy - pinky/beige at the base of some of the blooms. I've got 4 different whites/creams to try this year. Acidanthera are lovely. I thought of getting some to stick in one of the raised beds for later. That compost won't go far once you start getting those all planted!

Bill, we're all sending you hugs. x

Dahlia bulbs and tubers

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:42

B&Q had loads of reticulata Iris on sale with all the summer bulbs - all sprouted of course - do you think I should tell them?....

You need to keep Dahlias under cover Tomsk as they're not hardy. Grow on then plant out when frosts are over. You'd be better having the Dahlia in front of or behind the daffs. You'd probably disturb the bulbs putting it in. It would certainly disturb the crocus. If you had some bulbs in a pot and submerged that in the border for a spring display, you could lift the pot out and replace it with the Dahlia. 


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. 

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