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Latest posts by happycottontail

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:42

Hello Busy-Lizzie!  I don't have a lot of room, and really this year I'm just thinking of ways to create some colour and fill up spaces in my new garden for this summer, as a lot of the shrubs and structure plants won't go in till the autumn.  By the way, I'm very pleased with my CGS "willow" painted fence, which you helped me choose. I'm doing it all by hand, so still lots to go.

How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:31

I have recently bought 3 small Carex Frosted Curls from an Open Garden plant stall.  They look as if they could do with a haircut as there are lots of straggly brown stems amongst the green ones.  Even some of the green ones have an inch or so of brown at the ends.  I don't want to lose all the curls!  Do I cut off the totally brown stems at the base of the plant?  Do I trim the brown ended ones back to the green?  What shape should I finish up with? 

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 14:57

What should I put in the bottom of the planting holes?  I don't have any homemade compost.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:20

Hi Verdun, I think I want them all in one place, but if I put only one plant per cane I'm going to need 9 canes - is that too many for one wigwam?

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 19:27

Yesterday I bought 3  White Lady runner bean plants, about 25cm tall.  I also have 6 sweet pea plants which are about 15cms.  I wondered about growing them up canes, 2 sweet peas at the bottom of the first cane, then one bean at the bottom of the second, and so on.  But I'm not sure whether to put the canes in a row at an angle to the fence, or in a wigwam.  How far apart should they be, and which method is the easier for picking all those gorgeous flowers and veg?  One other thing, as both flowers and veg need picking very frequently, should I scatter something like Strulch around the area where I will be treading, so as not to leave earth all over the lawn and patio when it's wet?

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:11

Oh thanks, Obelixx - always lovely to have pics!  By the way, are you as knowledgeable about obelisks as you are about plants?  I can't decide which one to choose for my sweet peas!

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:14

f I want the montana to cover a 15' or so length of fence, would I need one plant or two?  Actually about 6' of the fence doesn't really see the sun as it's shaded by trees and faces north west, so perhaps it wouldn't be a good idea to try and get the montana to cover that particular bit.

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:10

Salino, your pic of Wee Willie Winkie is gorgeous!  I must have a look out for that one.

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 09:26

Obelixx, could I use plastic netting on the fence as a support, or would that not be strong enough?

Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 23:26

I once saw a montana that covered a fence about 5' high and and 15' long.  It looked beautiful and I'd love to grow one on one of my fences.

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/23173.jpg?width=259&height=350&mode=max

 

This is the photo I took of it.  Is there a variety that is less rampant than some or can you keep it from getting too high by pruning it after flowering?

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