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I have a new man in my life

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 13:50

His name is Bill Wallis and he's an absolute charmer!  He's actually quite famous - google him if you've never heard of him.  The thing is, will I one day regret ever having invited him into my garden?   .........  or will I remain under his spell forever?  

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 11:00

I think you have a point there Salino.  Please could you suggest some suitable shrubs for it to clamber over?  Ones that are fairly fast growing?

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 10:16

Sorry you lost yours obelixx.  Perhaps mine will not find north yorkshire winters to its liking  we'll just have to wait and see.  Will a Strulch mulch help to keep it cosy through the winter?

 

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:30

Oh goody!  Thanks nutcutlet!

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:16

I bought this about six weeks ago and it is demanding to be planted NOW!  Has anyone had experience of planting this type of clematis to sprawl over a bed rather than climb up a fence or wall?  It's a non clinging variety and I have lots of bare earth in my new garden, so I thought that using it as ground cover might be  a win win situation.  And as it's a Pruning group 3, I suppose I could always move it early next spring if necessary.  Any thoughts?

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:32

Some really good tips here - thank you one and all! 

And from one happy to another, thank you Marion for reminding us of the William Morris principle.  Your garden sounds delightful.  I too bought some packets of bee friendly annuals and was wondering if this week is going to be too late to sow them.  I'm up in North Yorkshire so won't have as long as some people before the first frosts.

I've got cream and peach nasturtiums, blue nigella and peach sorbet double californian poppies, or eschscholzias, which is the name I grew up with.  Do these poppies do best in sun and poor soil?

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:20

All my compost has always come from my local garden centre and most of it is J Arthur Bowyers Multipurpose.  I have several pots that are 3/4 full of old compost dating back two or three years.  They are probably pots that I had planted up with summer displays, and come the autumn I would have just pulled out the shallow rooted contents and left the compost in situ.   I'm wondering if it would be alright to leave about half a pot full of this old compost and top up with fresh new compost.  I will only be planting annuals.  

Also, I have a couple of opened bags with about 1/5th of the compost still remaining and unused.  One was opened in February and some of the soil has a white substance on the side that is in contact with the bag.  Is this still ok to use?

Thanks,

happyct

Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:43

Thanks both.  The pot is now planted, so I'll wait and see what happens.  My neighbour keeps rabbits and just on cue he came round with a pot full of 3 year old rabbit manure and told me to put it in the bottom of the pot - so I did!  I'm not very optimistic about the sweet peas actually as they were very potbound and I had difficulty separating them with enough root.  If they don't perform well I shall remove them and let the runners delight and amaze me on their own!  I have other sweet peas elsewhere.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:00

Hello, Busy-Lizzie - I knew I could rely on you for a quick response.  The pot is about 16" deep so the canes should be well anchored.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:35

I've now decided to put the 3 runner beans and 6 sweet peas round a cane wigwam in a 19" pot.  But I'm not sure which is the best compost to use - multipurpose, J I no.3 or a mixture?  

Also can you advise on what to feed them and how often.  Thank you  

Discussions started by happycottontail

Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

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Surprise tomato plant!

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Leucanthemum Broadway Lights - will it thrive in a place that doesn't get much

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Hebe Purple Pixie

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Japanese Anemone not happy

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Agastache Black Adder

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What next for my Honeysuckle Scentsation?

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Can you identify this clematis please?

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Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

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Thinning out and transplanting annual flower seedlings

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My latest post - now you see it, now you don't

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Help! I'm being attacked!

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Honeysuckle Scentsation dropping buds

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Agastache Black Adder

Dead or just plain lazy? 
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Iris Bulleyana

Where does it like to grow? 
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