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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. 


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:14

Trying to catch up but only had a skim through. I will message you later Dove x

Thunder and hail W'song  We didn't get the lightning that was forecast but it's not warm by any  means. 4 degrees yesterday when I went to work and never got into double figures. Slightly better today but it wouldn't be hard 

KEF - I'm getting my new crown fitted tomorrow - I won't get any change from £360. Can I come and get it done at your dentist? 

Verdun - ask your friend for a few doughnuts 

Nice to see archie again 

9cm plant - how to deal with it

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:05

What a rip off.  Verdun  and nut are right about potting on etc and I totally agree with Will - something in a pot that size should fill the pot well, and could be fine to put in the ground but you just have to make the judgement about conditions etc. and the likelihood of it  advancing rather than just rotting or being eaten. 

I think Verd's right - contact them. Good luck 


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 07:45

Morning all. Just a quick look in - going in to work early and working longer.

Good luck to chicklet chicky, and yes give us a wave when you're at Chelsea 

Not normally a fan of Mr Pearson but I agree - lovely. Haven't really seen much of Chelsea yet though - only had one eye on it last night and doing other stuff at the same time  I never feel there's enough time to look at the gardens and get familiar with them before the judging. 

See you all later - have a good day 

Lawn Revival

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:50

I think I'd wait a week or two, let the rain get to it and give it some time to revive a little. If you still have bare patches you can mix grass seed with some compost and sprinkle it on them. Firm it in gently and water. You'll be surprised how soon it will start to improve. 

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:42

Dove and Barry 

Ain't life grand sometimes 


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:38

I ain't been near Verd's nose - honest guv. 

Clari  Good luck with the sign language. I'm sure you'll tackle that with the same energy you do with everything else x

PottiePam - was your brother at Lochnagar? That is one of the most beautiful areas for Munros. We've had a lot of late snow on the mountains this year - even the most southern ones- which will still be there for a good while yet. Hope he's having a great time 

My tv is now sporting a black screen so had to borrow daughter's ickle one to catch up a bit with Chelsea - have to get a new one now. Never rains eh?'s doing that too and I think I may need a raft soon 

Safe now for unheated greenhouse? (and quick pot question)

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:25

My tomatoes went out last weekend (end of 1st week of May) in a plastic growhouse and they're absolutely fine Joe.

I'm in Scotland and it's been very cold, windy and sleety!

Camellia problem

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:02

Hi JJ - Lyn and Verdun are right - the site is probably a big part of the problem but, as it's in a pot, you can easily move it to protect it from early sun. Wet and cold just at the wrong moment causes damage to flowers and it's worse on white ones as they show more. It's amazing how moving something a few feet could make a lot of difference. Here's hoping it'll be fine for next year 

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