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Posted: 22/08/2015 at 16:12
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No more anti - men stuff girls, you know you love us really.


Hee hee!  

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:56

What type of Clematis is it? 

The weather this year has been difficult for all sorts of plants, but I'm guessing if you had some new shoots in spring, slugs and snails may have been munching them. They love those nice soft juicy new shoots 

A fast growing plant to give me privacy.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:51

Little steps Gorguruga 

Tomatoes need warmth - and space if you want quite a lot. We have a 'resident' expert on toms on the forum (Italophile) , as well as loads of people who are very able where growing veg is concerned, so you'll get lots of info on those for next year. 

I think you should clear all the area in front of your fence ( between the fence and your deck) and take stock. If you need that area as a 'work' area - ie washing etc, I'd forget about doing anything too involved there at the moment.

If you're looking for advice, posting pix is very helpful as people here have lots of experience of what's possible in terms of aspect and space. Plants are expensive, and giving them the best start is always worth it. It also depends on budget and how much time you have to spend on maintaining your garden. No point in having a high maintenance plot if you work long hours and have other commitments    

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:29

Sinks are best left for alpines etc- too shallow for something like a honeysuckle , or climber of any type really.

I personally wouldn't use a pot any smaller than about 2 feet in diameter ( with similar depth)  Any kind of plant in a pot is totally reliant on you for everything. You'll make life difficult for yourself in terms of constant watering and  feeding. I'm in central/west Scotland where, if we have two days without any rain, we wonder what's wrong. Even here, I wouldn't bother trying to grow honeysuckles in a pot. 

Seaside grass

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:09

That's the Spartina. The smaller grass in front is Hakonechloa  - a lovely grass. Forms a big clump eventually. Neither are evergreen but they start into growth quite early and last well into autumn. Both these plants are quite young.

A fast growing plant to give me privacy.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:07

I'm a bit confused now. Bearing in mind your other thread re putting honeysuckle etc on wires between your shed and the fence, wouldn't it be easier to put posts in over there with a simple screen to plant a climber or two on? If you need (or want)  something else beside the deck, you could plant a couple of shrubs - you already have a large Phormium. Why not clear all that area thoroughly and put a Choisya or something between the Phormium and the house wall. Put a gravel mulch down between the shrubs and the shed to keep it all tidy, until you decide if you want anything else  there.


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:40

No floaty frocks here Dove. Even if it's sunny    Crab salad sounds good  

Lesley - I always have a cunning plan   Doesn't mean I carry them out though 

I heard that about the blue badges too. What the **** is wrong with people?  

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:34

That's why I said 'unless you're getting something very large'. 

Yellow patches on lawn.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:31

Normally you'd feed the ground before laying turf or sowing seed. You'd then delay any further feed for a good 6 months or so as the seed/turf is establishing and getting roots down etc. I doubt the leaves will have anything to do with the issues Vegemight. It may be that you haven't fed enough prior to laying, but that's something you can rectify when you start grass maintenance in spring.

You could apply a liquid seaweed feed just now, or something similar. Do that before you do any new sowing of seed.  It's common for any grass to look a bit tired at this time of year - long spells of hot weather create browning, whereas up here, we've had so much rain that any nutrition gets washed out so the grass can look a bit yellow. I don't worry too  much about it. I only feed in spring (a weed and feed product) and then mow very regularly - not too short. That keeps it looking decent.  

PS Dove was right when she said scatter a bit of grass seed over the whole area so that you don't get two different shades - which doesn't look good! 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:07

Hosta ...

Lyn - you stole my line about 'through the chest' to a man's heart. You normally add 'with a large blade' to the phrase as well though ! 

Naughty fairy 

Cars are a necessary evil aren't they? 

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