Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 25/02/2013 at 07:55

Verdun, your garden is an inspiration! It looks mature - how long has it taken to achieve it? Are there any mistakes you make along the way that others could learn from?

no whinge gardening!!!!!

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 07:49

My concern is about what I would do with the time I usually spend whingeing... However, as an ex-shoolteacher, I have a sneaking sympathy with the desire to kill children. And possibly other people's pets? Especially the cats who poo on my borders - but of course, that's whingeing...

How to cover a slope with ivy cuttings

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 11:03

It would also be possible to plant things at the bottom of the slope wich would grow up and disguise the slope. These would be more decorative than ivy and would look more unde rcontrol, as if you had actually been gardening and designed something. I agree with artjac about alpines. It could look great, but would obviously be more expensive and would take  greater effort to start it off. You could try car boot sales, where some people get rid of their spare the end, thoguh, the slope would be much more of a design feature than if you covered it with ivy and would give you pleasure for a good part of the year once you got into learning what plants flower at different times. Another possibility might be rockery bulbs planted here and there. if you buy spring bulbs now you may still find some that are reduced to 50p a pack, as I did. They wouldn't flower this year, probably, but would recover from the late planting and flower next year. Just squeeze them gently to make sure they haven'tr dried right out and died. If they have green shoots, they are alive, of course. 

How to cover a slope with ivy cuttings

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 22:47

I am wondering whether, by ivy runners, Verdun meant that when you gather your ivy to plant you should pull stems of ivy that have little roots at intervals that grip the wall. if you pull them off and pin them to the ground, there will b be several places where each stem can grow proper roots and take off more quickly.

Anything that would spread and colonise this area is going to be a bit of a thug and will eventually need control.


Clematis integrifolia - a hard nut?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 22:48

 I'm no  expert on this, but as I understand it, February is the earliest they should be planted and only if there is no germination after 3-4 weeks do you need to place them in the fridge. Leave them at 3-5C for at least 2-4 weeks, then return to warmth (between 65 and 75F). They can be very slow to germinate and you just have to be patient and not throw them away. Hope you get some lovely results!

Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 22:58

Roses like clayey soil and big climbers drink a lot, so a pergola with a climber would help. Trees are also thirsty so, for example, some (smaller) conifers might add structure and help with drainage.The weather has been so wet that it is difficult even to get on soil to work it, and it is a bit early yet anyway but the rest of the answer is improve, improve, improve through digging in compost. We dug a drainage pit and filled it with stones before topping up with soil, because we live on a hillside and water runs into our garden, though you might think this a bit extreme.  

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 22:37

having looked further into that one, it wasn't a good suggestion.

Best climber

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 22:25

What about an evergreen honeysuckle? You need something fairly vigorous to cover that area. If you pick one with a AGm, such as Halliana or Henrii you will get good performance and Halliana has a lovely scent.. They do get very big eventually but are relatively easy to prune back. Deciduous ones such as 'Graham Thomas' are lovely and somewhat smaller. 

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 18:45

Tentative suggestion - actinidia arguta, the hardy kiwi? It needs quite a long period pof sunshine to produce fruit I think, so maybe isn't doing so. I think it spreads by underground runner.

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 15:03

So this is an utterly rampant climber. No flowers, deciduous and it twines. Is that right?

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