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Posted: 10/01/2016 at 19:28

Sounds lovely Wonks. Got any pie left? 

Glad the tooth's settled - hope you're going to get it seen to soon though. 

Is anyone watching War and Peace? I'm not sure about it...


Posted: 10/01/2016 at 19:10

'Fess up fidget - dinner was really just red wine and stilton wasn't it?  

Winter flowers

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 18:29

Oh  - they're just every shade of wrong nut - literally! 

Pansies just get flattened by the rain here. I've never bothered with them. Polyanthus are a better bet and flower at this time of year on a regular basis. Cheery on the dank dreich days 


Posted: 10/01/2016 at 18:24

Oh 'eck Hazel. Hope that's your three right enough 

Yvie - are you 'dissing' my national food?  

My mum used to use that phrase 'it'll put hairs on your chest'. Not sure why she thought that would make me like it! Didn't care for her's though - made with water, and like grey wallpaper paste 

Hope you're having a nice trip Dove, and trust the car's been fine in the weather 

Weather affecting nature

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 18:20

Bulbs won't. Just enjoy them 

Everything else will take it's chances and sort itself out. We've had a load of similar threads on the subject. Winter's still to come!

Fast growing evergreen tree

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 17:39

Jules - anything fast growing also means it needs regular pruning/trimming to keep it at a regular height - as in the existing conifer. 

Laurel grows fairly quickly but can get enormous once it gets going. Neater ( ie ones that can be kept to a tighter outline)evergreens are things like Pyracantha and Berberis, but they are also spiny - good for boundaries to deter burglars! You could always go for Privet  or Yew - privet is semi evergreen except in mild locations.

You should also be aware that there are rules and regs about the heights of hedges - so be careful! 

Can anyone identify this plant?

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 15:32

Could it be a wallflower of some kind?I don't grow them so it's a shot in the dark 

Dividing Clematis

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 15:20

I knew someone would come along and prove me wrong Flowerlover!  

Good luck with it 

Have you done it with lots of clematis Logan? Not something I've ever tried - usually I've layered stems.

Dividing Clematis

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 14:54

The normal way to propagate clematis is by cuttings, so you could try some of those to give your brother. 

That said, if you have a huge clump and want to reduce it anyway - you might want to try  chopping a chunk out. I've never heard of anyone doing it though.  It would need to have a lot of decent root on it, and it may sulk for a while, but if you want to give it a try....  why not.... 

I'd take some cuttings as insurance anyway  

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 14:32

I'd second the cotoneaster too Des - it does a good job on any awkward surface. I haven't read the whole thread re your bank but have you thought about tough ground cover plants like Vinca and Bugle (Ajuga) as well? These will also knit together and hold everything. If you feel it could be a particular issue for the future, you could even pin some chicken wire onto the worst areas and plant through it - a bit like the method used with landscape fabric. 

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