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Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:17

Molluscs are the most likely reason. They're little b**£&%s !  I hand pick them and chuck them, but use whatever method you feel happy with. If you have planting nearby which they can hide in, take a look there during daylight hours. You might find them lurking - ready to pounce!

It's just at that time of year when they come into growth that you need to be really vigilant. Feed your plant well too.If you can keep on top of it, the Clematis will get a chance to get going and it'll be sturdy enough to shrug them off.  They can still chew through finer woody stems though - I had that issue with one of mine earlier in the summer. It's been very wet and cold here and we have very large slugs! 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 17:04

Got any ducks KEF? 

We're somewhere in the middle - cloudy and humid. I think rain's coming this evening though. I've had a very lazy day. 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 16:38
Lyn wrote (see)
fairygirl, a meat cleaver works too 


You're worse than me Lyn!  

Yellow patches on lawn.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 16:33

Seaweed is high in nitrogen which is what you need to promote green growth, so it's ideal for grass or foliage plants in particular. Any type of nitrogen feed is what you need to look for.  The important thing is not to apply it too late in the year as the lush growth is susceptible to early frosts. Grass isn't as much of an issue as garden plants though. Do it in the next week or two and you're quite safe 

Evergreen Hedge

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 16:27

If it's soggy ground I'd avoid Beech - it doesn't appreciate wet ankles. Hornbeam would be better. If you want evergreen, Privet is semi evergreen but would do well there, Holly would be very nice, and some of the less domineering Thujas like Smaragd . Don't forget Taxus - yew. Whatever you choose, prepare the ground well by clearing  grass and any weeds to create a proper border, and then dig in compost, well rotted manure and grit if the drainage is suspect. A sprinkling of Blood, fish and bone will benefit the new plants too, as well as a mulch once they're all in.

It will be expensive to do that whole boundary with pot grown plants, but this is the time of year for bare root hedging so take a look online at some of the specialist nurseries. Don't make the mistake of thinking that bigger is better. Smaller plants/whips  will establish better and grow more quickly in the long run. 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 16:12
punkdoc wrote (see)


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.

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