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whats gong on?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 10:52

It's not unusual to cut back tall growing roses by half to prevent wind rock over winter.  If the weather is warm enough there can be some growth which wil probably be killed off by the cold of winter.  New growth should appear again next spring.  Once that happens you cut back to the new growth buds. 

Clematis - well that's a minefield.  Lyn is right you need to know what kind of clematis first of all.  For the late flowered summer and autumn ones though, if you wait until the spring you can find growth all over last years whips and it feels somehow bad to be cutting off all those growing shoots, but of course if you don't cut back then you end up with a top heavy plant - bare at the bottom and all the flowers above you and out of sight!  I have cut mine down to about three feet now, and will review and correct next spring. 

Blooms in November

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 12:16

my Bill McKenzie finished ages ago but Freckles looks to be almost ready to flower.  It is growing up into a wisteria much to my OH's disgust because it upsets his pruning.  You have to look up into the flowers wghich are stunning against a blue winter sky.

This was taken a few years ago.

My Mahonia is also a mass of colour and much loved by the blue tits who eat the buds!  They can't eat them all because there are always lots of berried in the spring which the blackbirds love!


Blooms in November

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 18:27

that's gorgeous Salino and similar in style, if not in colour to my favourite Summer Wine which I have in the garden

 though it is a tad more frilly!

What is your most favourite garden that you visited?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:05

I just love Hidcote - you move from one garden into another and it is just stunning in the variety of styles.  It is definitely a whole day out but the Cotswold country side round about is also beautiful.  It also has a well stock plant sales area of plants from the gardens.

Barnsdale of course has all the reminders of the programmes we allloved so much - Geoff Hamilton was a great gardener for creating things from what he had lying around, and growing from seeds and cuttings (none of the "dig it up and throw it away and buy two more from the GC stuff) - my kind of gardener.

stabilising clay banks on wet and windy slope

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 09:52

I'm non-techie - I'd bung is some periwinkle - mixture of small and large flowered, and also the variegated leaved one, oh and the double flowered one.  They are all rampant - spread like crazy - flower all year - evergreen - and if they threated to overcome you clip back with secateurs.

...and don't pay out hard-earned cash - ask around and there's bound to be somebody who will give you a few roots.

Plant ID

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 09:44

yes osteospermum - will almost certainly die if you leave it outside for the winter.  The GC's sell them in early summer for around £2.50 each and they do then give a good show all summer - I have two in containers still blooming.  Decision time.  Is it worth cutting them back and potting and seeing if they will survive in the cold greenhouse?

Weed problem

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:25

part of the secret is to pull it up before it seeds and don't put it in the compost bin.  I have a knife-shaped tool I carry around with me for lifting things like that and plantain, and a bucket for pernicious things including ivy (spread by the birds) and dandelions and ground elder which go iunto the council garden waste recycling bin.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:15

In our village the builders have built an estate with more houses than the original village - the houses front straight onto the roads which are very narrow so pedestrians and vehicles share the space and each house is allocated one parking space where there are usually two working adults each with a they park on the narrow road leaving little room for a fire engine to pass if needed.  At the planning stage they applied to build a quarter of the number they ended up with, and local people wanted family homes with gardens so we got - guess what - three storey blocks of flats which are mainly owned as investment properties and rented out.

City of trees?  Well there were lots of trees originally, but that concept is long past and its more a case of "how many units can you cram into this space"  and to h*** with quality of living.

When you cram people into a small space you create problems as youngsters have nowhere to go except to the pub, or to take their cans into the local playpark.

Have we learned nothing from past mistakes?  Profit comes before absolutely everything else.

Blooms in November

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:00

Verdun - I'm not sure it was the roses themselves Christopher Lloyd disliked, I thought it was just the formal rose garden he inherited with the house that he thought was such an awful waste of space.

I still have one or two isolated roses in flower, but I have been cutting back to prevent wind rock so probably lost anything that might have come.

Pittosporum from seed

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 13:26

what kind of pittosporum?

the one I have in the Languedoc selfseeds readily - it has leaves a bit like a smaller rhododendron and wonderful creamy heavily scented flowers. 

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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