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Posted: 08/05/2016 at 19:57

Another rude and unnecessary  comment  

LeadFarmer - I hope you change your mind and stay.  I'd miss the lovely pix of your garden. 

Daniel is aware of all the issues and is  addressing it with the team this week. He's spent a lot of time today reassuring us on the 'Your new-look forum' thread. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 19:23

Is there anything left Dove? It would be a pleasant change from toast.  I could manage something not too spicy....don't think I'll be having curry for a while  

I've even done some gardening. Potted on my toms and tied in clematis and a few other odds and sods. It got up to around 19 or 20 degrees - that's a good ten to twelve degrees higher than we've had on the better days over the past month or so. That's better than a lot of the summer, but we often get a goodish spell in May.  

T'bird - I reckon there was a fair bit of knee jerk reaction with the new updates.  Daniel's taken the issues on board and I think we'll see a lot of improvements soon, with most people staying here. If they can sort my photo posting I'll be a  happy little fairy  

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 17:07

Some people do find them tricky. I find sowing them at this time of year, as it's warmer, is the best method, although they may not make such big plants. If I sow earlier, it's too cold and unfavourable for them anyway so it's not worth it.

They often overwinter here anyway without any problem as long as they're sheltered and in good gritty soil.

Climbers for Scottish climate

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 17:04

Hi Mhairi- I'm a bit further south and I grow lots clematis with no problem, but I've always steered clear of the evergreen ones as I don't think they'd cope with wet cold winters. You're probably a bit drier but I don't know how well they'd do with the cold winds. If you can provide a bit of shelter from the worst of the weather it might be ok. Tying in the clematis as they grow is the most important thing and choosing your specimens to suit the space and aspect. 

Honeysuckle will grow well up here but I think it would be too sunny a site for it. They like a shady base as they're woodland plants. Roses will certainly  thrive.  

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:55

Thanks KEF. The weird thing is that I don't really feel ill, apart from the first day. I'm just a bit tired, but it's probably because I need some proper grub. 

I'd enjoy obelixx's meal - apart from the lamb. Send us some if there's any left please  

Poor Daniel - he's taken a fair bit of flak today - and handled it very well!

Defensive Plants Advice

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:51

I swear at them frequently too ppapuer! I removed a dog rose from a corner at the back of my garden last year and I don't think I've sworn so much in a long time. 

And that's saying something! 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:33

Daniel - are you on here to avoid cleaning the pigeon poop?  

Switch us off and get some peace. I'm sure you'll have loads more to deal with tomorrow 

Defensive Plants Advice

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:25

The two I mentioned initially are spikey - hence the reason for suggesting them thorpeedo. They're often recommended as burglar deterrents. Blackthorn is the same but isn't evergreen. The only problem is that if you don't have something to plant into all the way along, it makes it tricky. You'd need to construct a raised bed of some kind to give a decent volume of soil to plant into. They won't thrive in pots or containers very well.  

Sorry to disagree ppauper, but a  rambling rose - not an ordinary climbing one - would cover that distance no problem once established. They don't require pruning either.You'd have to do a bit of research as some are thornless, but Kiftsgate is very rampant and jaggy and might actually be far too rampant for the size of space. An ordinary climber needs pruned to allow it to give of it's best because the flowers appear on new growth, so that may be a better choice in terms of size, but the pruning may cause an issue in spring.  Whatever you choose, it would need a support for it to grow over the gate. Two posts and a top bar to make a little archway would do the job. Personally, I think that's a bit too much effort for you if you don't have a lot of experience. I'd go with Pyracantha and Berberis.  

It might be worth starting a new thread if you decide on a rose. There are loads of people here who will be able to suggest something of a suitable size for your space which will give you the best result.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:04

Nothing wrong with 'whiling' chicky  - I know exactly what you mean about the green of spring.  

Ooh my emojis are working again. I'll get my money's worth in case they go .... 

Confession to make!

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:01

Hogweed- I think you're further north than me, but we've had the same - drier than normal March (although cold of course) so I did some tidying and prep then, and April continued in the same way. We didn't have the usual rainfall and wild weather either - it kept just missing us - which was helpful for me with the building work going on. It also helped the grass which is already recovering now that most of the junk has gone. A normal March and April would have made it a mudbath. It's rarely possible to do much at that time of year here.

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