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Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 10:24

I expect you could keep the creeper well clipped to contain it but I think you'd give yourself a lot of maintenance trying to have Clematis as well in the same spot. Could you add a bit onto the pergola in some way or have a structure nearby to allow you to have your Clematis? A montana type might be able to compete but they get big too so that might not suit you either. 

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:51

I think I'd try and get some posts concreted in to attach your timber to hartleyh. They wouldn't have to be great big things - just enough to give you something to get a little height in there to contain it. If you don't get something solid and secure in place you'll be forever just trying to 'manage' it and will probably never be happy. I understand your concerns about getting through the soil etc - if you can get a photo on  it'll help a lot with further suggestions. Is there a fence or wall on any side of the space - the house wall or a boundary with a neighbour for instance

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:35

Sarah - I wouldn't worry too much, but chicky's right - buy a few plants as well  - they're not very expensive.  Sow some seed too - they'll soon catch up anyway.

Any suggestions for a small tree for a border?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:18

Amelanchier lamarkii (snowy mespilus) would be a good one for that type of site MrsM. It will eventually get bigger than that but it's not difficult to keep in check and  it's light and airy so doesn't create deep shade. Small white flowers at this time of year and lovely autumn colour. It's often grown as a shrub - so multi stemmed - but you can remove lower branches and make it 'tree shaped'. If you're very worried about width - the Amanagowa cherry is a vertical spire. They do get tall though, but that's the case with most trees eventually! It won't cast too much shade though and you'll get blossom and some autumn colour. 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:12

I do the same as Dove. If there's a few you can rub them off - bit tricky when it's jaggy roses though! I have a Canna in the kitchen just now and it was covered - wiped off the first lot but their friend and families turned up so it was  a quick drenching with Fairy Liquid and they're all gone now. Getting the birds into your plants by hanging some feeders and fat balls nearby is the best way - I couldn't really do that in the kitchen though...


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:04

PG - I love your equisetum in the pot. Used to have one in a pond so I might do that until I have a pond again. They're so architectural - great statement plant. Hope you get time this year to get all your pots planted!

Just been putting washing out - very windy again - triple pegged after yesterday! It's not too warm either - 7degrees. Even the dunnocks have got hats on..

sunflowers planting out

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 08:52

Isn't Easter next weekend? Have I missed it 

Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 08:45

I wouldn't normally plant virginia creeper on a pergola unless it's a very, very big sturdy one - they're more suited to house walls Possum because they get very big. The clematis wouldn't get a look in  


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 08:00

Morning all. Dry just now but not for long I think 

Day at a time Bill x 

Fidget - good luck. Not easy.

Paddling pool? Blimey - it would be a bit cold for a swimming cozzie here! 

Off for a look round while having a cup of tea. Have a good day all.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:19

My ex husband had some in the garden of his new house which was coming through from the adjoining council maintained woodland.  They came out and treated it but I haven't heard him mention it since then. I'll try and remember to ask him tomorrow for an update when he brings the girls home. 

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