Gardening Grandma

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getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 07:28 is a site you might consult, Alan. We have now, regretfully, taken down the tree at the bottom of the garden. When we did, the neighbour said, 'What a shame!  It was a beautiful tree!' As Jo4eyes says, the improvement in the amount of light is striking, but we are again looking at the houses backing on to ours. We have a young buddleia (which I grew from a seed) growing a few feet from the boundary and, in time, this will do quite a lot to break the eyeline and give more privacy. In general, I don't think we have given our neighbours any cause for complaint. Some people seem to like their gardens free of anything much except paving and grass and don't like to see plants over the wall, either. Inexplicable! Thank you all for your responses - it was interesting to read them all.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:50

I suppose it is what comes of planting things that are not fully hardy nd need coddling. I bought mine last year at a garden centre in west Wales where a large, enclosed pergola covers much of the exterior space and the Jasmines were warm and sheltered from the constant heavy rain. Fabulous atmosphere inside the enclosed area, with thriving plants and tables and chairs to sit and enjoy it all. My own covered pergola just doesn't provide the same degree of shelter, despite the walled garden. I sometimes think that I should roof the whole garden! Anyone know of a very large polytunnel going cheap?

Powdery mildew.

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 20:54

Apparently (I have no personal experience of this) you use 1 tablespoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of washing up liquid to a gallon of water.

You should water the plants a day  or so ahead of spraying them with this and use caution (test a bit) as it can sometimes burn the leaves. Avoid doing it in bright sunlight. Apply to top and bottom of leaf.

you can also add 1 tablespoon of horticultural oil, which smothers the fungus.

I found this on (Gardening).

What is this pretty plant, please?

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 23:01

Malvas need lots of sun. For shade, you'd be better off with perennial geraniums (cranesbills), some of which have quite similar flowers to the malva in your picture. If it is really dry soil, right under trees, you may need to add some decent soil or some good compost and also water whatever yoju plant there regularly until it is established. if you choose well, you can get cranesbills that flower for months. 


Posted: 12/08/2012 at 22:47

I am wondering whether you want something self-clinging or if you are willing to put up wires or trellis to support a climber. The disadvabntage of self-clingers can be damage to the wall and they aren't suitable for every kind of surface, either. On the other hand, tall scramblers would need a fair bit of support and you'd have to put supports quite high up. Another thing to consider is whether you are planting in sun or shade and also which way the wall faces - north, south ,east or west. Also most don't flower for more than a couple of months. Climbing hydrangea is beautiful, self-clinging, tolerates shade and flowers in early summer. It is huge, however, and deciduous. 

Bye bye Clematis Cassis

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 15:32

Clematis are very tough in one sense - they are quite hard to kill and many cases of 'wilt' are really more about stem damage through pests or accidents. However, the stems are fragile and even handling them slightly roughly can make them die right back. I have found that one way of dealing with this is to cut them back hard after they have been growing for about a month and wait for them to regrow, when there will be extra stems and therefore a bit of insurance if a few of them are damaged.

clematis cuttings

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:15

Take a current season's shoot, cutting above a leaf joint. It should be about 3' long. Divide the shoot into cuttings with a knife. The top of each cutting should be immediately above a leaf joint, the bottom a couple of inches below the joint. Dip it in rooting powder.Put several cutting around a small pot filled with a half-and-half mix of compost and grit. The leaf joint (only leave one leaf on) should be level with the surface. Cover with a clear plastic bag after watering. They should root in a few weeks. However, I find that I lose cuttings all the time,too. Layering is said to work. The only cuttings I've had success with are semi-ripe ones with a heel from more woody clematis. If the 'official' method works, please send me your tips!!.


getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 19:43

Thanks for all your interesting and helpful replies. My walls are all solid breeze block, some neat, some decrepit and all hideous. We have put fencing or trellis in front of most of them. I feel we have been considerate and polite - unlike some of our neighbours. I think in law, the wall to our left belongs ito us, but our elderly neighbour says that when it was very broken, he paid to rebuild it and so it is his. We haven't quarrelled with anybody (although it would have been easy) but wonder whether we have been inconsiderate inadvertently. As you say, Palaisglide, boundaries cause wars! I did invite one set of neighbours around to discuss issues, and they came, but they were not won over, I think partly because I was already annoyed at some rudeness and tried to be nice and came across as patronising. From your replies, I can see that we are not the only ones with problems and wish you well with your continuing relationships with the neighbours!

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 08:43

I'm also in South Wales, GW. The stormy winds that we have had tore my young standard buddleia to bits and probably damaged the jasmines, too, even though my garden is pretty sheltered.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 08:33

Skewers! What a great idea! I have two dogs who patrol the boundaries against cats and attempt to protect the air space from birds. Great in the day, but not enough at night! 

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