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soil preparation

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:18

Merlot- you can't get any more comprehensive advice than the posters above have given. 

Good luck with the project 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:14

I'd stick them in small pots, but if you don't have time,they'll be fine until next month PF .

Keep them somewhere sheltered and out the full sun - if you have any - and dead head whenever you can 

Some of the alpine size geraniums would be a good alternative. There's a little deep pink one with a dark centre called Ballerina if you can source it. Osteospermums would be easy to get - but they might be a bit on the big side.

Clematis for a south facing border

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:08

The best advice I can give is to keep training/tying in the clematis round the obelisk rather than up. It requires a little effort but well worth it. There's so many varieties Scott - it's really a matter of your own preference for colour mostly. I'd agree with obelixx about one for each obelisk- (that's quite hard to say!)

I've just bought Niobe (dark purpley red) for this garden, which I love, and I'm considering it for an obelisk rather than a bed. Take a look at Taylor's Clematis online (other nurseries available too) which will show you some lovely choices -  you can type in your preference - season of flowering, colour, aspect etc. Only trouble is, you'll want tons of them! 

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:15

The forum members aren't the right people to ask about getting new techie stuff - we're mostly just simple gardeners. Perhaps if you email the main site they will be able to advise 

Changing colour of Lilac

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:07

Do you think she also just had the idea in her head that because it's called 'Lilac' it must be that colour?...

Tomatoes - possibly my second mistake of the year!!!!

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:05

By George - I think she's got it! 

Don't worry OL - we all do things which we would have done differently if we'd had the right advice. That's why this forum is so helpful. I can't tell you how much I've learnt from the lovely people here.

I'll just tell you the story (or as well as I remember it) that AT used to tell people when he started his horti. career. He was sent to disbud plants in one of the greenhouses. He removed every bud from all the plants - thousands of 'em.

Tomatoes - possibly my second mistake of the year!!!!

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 09:26

OL- if you imagine that the  branching stems which carry the flowers/fruits are at roughly 90 degrees to the main stem, and the sideshoots come off at approximately 45 degrees to the main stem, in between the other two. As others have said, when you pot on to the next size, just plant deeply to get that bare stem covered a bit more. 

And don't worry 

Tomatoes - possibly my second mistake of the year!!!!

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 08:00

Nip out any sideshoots you can see OL. They'll be fine - I grow mine in large pots as I find that easier, and they don't need as much feeding as people believe but you won't have done any harm. You'll probably find flowers forming quite soon -depends on the variety and all sorts of other factors like location and temperature etc. 

North, South, East or West Facing

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 07:55

I'd have an awful long wait if I had to watch the sun tracking Frank - it doesn't usually appear for long enough here...

Dave's right - it can depend on the size of the plot as different areas will have different aspects within a space if it's large. All  sorts of factors have a bearing - neighbouring buildings or trees, removal of a large shrub etc.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 07:42

Smashing load of pix from everyone again. It's lovely looking at them all 

Particularly like your first one BL - the contrast of foliage shape. I'd agree that clematis might be Nellie M - looks a bit blue but I think it's just the pic.

Berghill- I love that effect you get with the stonework on the ground and planting in between. So many beautiful bits in your garden but those areas are my favourite.

David - you have so much in there, it's all looking terrific.

Love the raindrops Dove, but where's the one of you lying comatose by the pond....

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