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Climber for shady fence

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:53

Loads of clematis are happier with shade than full sun. Give them the right soil conditions and they'll be happy. Check out one of the specialist growers for suggestions - ie Taylor's, Evison's or Thorncroft etc.

I think the Hydrangea petiolaris is stunning, but best suited to walls rather than fences.

Craig - your conditions are not so easy as the nearby tree roots will be a big factor in getting something established.  

Having issues installing wooden edging

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:48

If there's no rain imminent, Craig, I'd leave a hose to soak the whole area for a day. 

Also, use another piece of scrap timber between the edging and your mallet when knocking them in - less likely to damage the edging that way. 

I'm personally not keen on these thing if they're not just for decorative purposes and are going to be holding back anything substantial. I'd concrete them in to make sure they're rigid enough to withstand the soil going into the bed. 

Lopsided hydrangea

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:42

Wakeshine, if it bothers you, you could simply prune the rest of it back to the same point and allow it to grow on from there. 

More cutting material too 

Pot on when the roots are filling the one it's in. If you lift it up, you'll see them starting to come through the drainage holes 

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Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:41

A potted shrub can be planted at any time of year unless the ground's frozen or waterlogged. It's the aftercare that matters, although a pot bound plant which has dried out will need a thorough soak before planting as well.

Misleading to say it's down to when it was planted....

Pruning clematis

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:37

Montanas don't really get pruned - only needed when they outgrow the area they're in. They're designed to cover larger areas.

Prune now as it will allow the plant to make some new growth and form buds, and you'll get some decent flowers in spring. If you leave it till later you'll get fewer flowers or possibly none depending on what you take off.

Ideally prune after flowering to tidy up if required  

The Bee Border

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:11

The alliums (sphaeros)  are great - despite the wind and weather we currently have here, the bees can cling onto them very successfully!

They can get tall Berg, around three feet for me,  so might be ok for you height wise. I usually have some other stuff round them for support. Some are slightly horizontal through the alchemilla and a Phormium, which is quite nice too  


Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat. I've protected my strawbs from the birds but pick them unripe to beat the slugs...

Yes - the oil rig....

Bushman....not much I can say. It's pretty miserable. Big hug from little fairy x

They should be good Dove - so many to choose from though isn't there? Some of the little reticulata irises as well perhaps? I'd like more bulbs too - good to get some extra variety in small spaces with their lovely verticals. Will have to check if the finances allow though... 

Liri- have you got one of those litter pickers for retrieving MrToad?  Or perhaps a small child...

I see Tom and his budgie smugglers did well    I stayed up and watched the gymnastics instead.....

Better get ready and get to work. Have a good day everyone  

Clematis confusion

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 07:55

I never like a bare bottom Daisy...... oh, your clematis you mean...

I love  the seed heads on some clematis too. The ones on (alpina) Constance are beautiful and a welcome sight when I pass them every day on my way to the back gate in late spring/early summer.

Great description Richard! 

The great man

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 12:45

Ah - you're right M-Up. I think I may have had those (Cottage Garden series) on video - back in the olden days .. 

I remember the rocks too. Great ideas that anyone could achieve with a little bit of practice. In fact - I may resurrect them in his honour!  

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 12:38

Slightly further north Anomander - west central Scotland. Lots of rain and not too much warm sun  

and yes - it's so wonderful, Verdun's thinking of moving up here to enjoy our beautiful scenery. He's got to bring extra clothes though  

I expect you can get some online too. There are lots of good suppliers who might have a few plants left. We have a thread here for all the places we recommend - it's called The Good Guys . Verd started it a while back  

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