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Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:48

Morning all 

Cloudy here but a lovely day yesterday - shame I had to work but got various jobs dome outside afterwards.

Have a great day chicky - don't let too any plants fall into your bag...and remember to wave 

WWomble - only 8 pints of milk Definitely not enough to see you through the next day or two.

Dove - we used to get loads of mistle thrushes round the corner in previous garden but I've only seen a few since I've been back here. We don't get song thrushes anyway,but good to see they might be increasing in numbers with you. Beautiful birds. You can turn your new shed into a hide  

Off for a quick look round before I go to work.Didn't manage to get on here last night - I was trying to catch up with Chelsea coverage. Fell asleep so didn't do that either 

Have a lovely day everyone 

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 07:27

Orange with purple is something I much prefer to blue/yellow which I don't like at all. Orange is brilliant against purple foliage. I love my Ligularia Marie Britt Crawford - lots of superb orange daisies with dramatic purple foliage which is dark green underneath.

Rapeseed growing in my lawn - help!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 07:24


Think weedkiller will be the only way to go. Not sure if the standard ones available will do the job but someone else might know if they're suitable.


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 07:20

Get me some on the way DD...try not to get frustrated with the paying guests today ...

Morning all and those to come. Off in to work in  a few minutes so hope everyone has a good day and the weather is kind. 

Catch you all later 

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 21:44

A professional can only come up with a design if they have a brief to work with, and a realistic budget. You'll need to make some decisions about what you want and need from your garden. A list of likes, dislikes and basic requirements is the best starting point  

Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 21:30

Stones can be a double edged sword - they give shelter to slugs and snails, a big enemy of nice new tender clematis shoots. Gravel, or a similar mulch, will help prevent evaporation though.  A decent sized, solid pot will be fine for a deeply planted clematis that's east facing. It won't be so vulnerable as it will only get morning sun. The trough raised up would dry out much more quickly than a large pot on the ground. Working with your plants will always be more successful than trying to make them conform. 


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:58


what's a nelson slice - is that a Cornish delicacy?

Lovley pic Dove 


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:57

You need to state in the conditions of the sale that you're taking them - unless they're in pots. Technically everything in the ground is part of the sale  

Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:35

Not saying you can't grow them in containers pariate - but you'll make quite a lot of work for yourself. I've had clematis in smallish pots - 12" diameter - and they've been ok but in long hot spells (yes - we do occasionally get them up here!) you're constantly having to check they're alright and not parched. I always had to arrange stuff round them to shade them and so on. East facing might not be so bad as you'll miss the mid day heat.

Try one in a big pot and see how you find it - depends how brave you want to be  

Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:23

I wouldn't put a clematis in a container that small. They're hungry, thirsty plants and you'd struggle to keep it happy. Better to stick with smaller plants which will cope, and you can move into a sheltered spot over winter if you have a really cold spell. Things like aubretia, which will cope with drier conditions but are hardy, would be ideal. Trailing ivies, small bulbs, dianthus and small hebes would also be fine, and pelargoniums for summer will also do well.  If you have an idea of colours and types of plant you like , you'll get more suggestions. You'll still have to be vigilant with food and water.

If you really want a clematis, and can't put it in the ground,  get a big pot to put it in and position it  against the wall. 

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