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Latest posts by Fairygirl

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. 


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. 

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