hollie hock

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gallery of shame

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 15:57

Ha ha ha kitty A girl after my own heart. Well they werent' hurting there. It's the not the tipping them out that wins you top marks!

easy and fast growing perennials from seed?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 15:38

Rudbeckias grow quickly and they tend to pull through the winters with me. Also Gaillardia Goblins are quick growing, often flowering first year.

gallery of shame

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 15:31

Hi Ice, I had a veg plot that looked like that when I lived on the farm. I remember weeding it all in one day, only to turn my back and the weeds were back!

gallery of shame

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 15:17

Excellent photos everyone Tried going back through them but kept getting an error message.

I particuarly like Liro's self seeded foxglove, clearly demonstarted that nothing has happened in that part of the garden for some time, and good use of useful gap.

Kitty, sure you were made up to find the 6 bottles of stagnant water Couldn't find your bunk bed, but nice taps!  Sad to hear of the demise of the avocardo bath

Dwarf sweet rocket?

Just lying down

Useful pole that has been there for a year

Behind shed or useful gap. Surprisingly things grow here. A rose which was chucked out came back to life so has been returned to the garden. The green growth is a honeysuckle which was dug out a while ago. I'm sure there's a spikey japonica thing in there too

I'm almost too embrassed to post the last one,  I struggle with house plants

I would like to say at this point, these 2 have had a good drink since this photo was taken and are making good progress.

I can't remember who mentioned ironing, iron free here, never owned one

Neighbour dispute

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:57

No idea of the legal issues, but from what you've said it all sounds really reasonable and it's been an onging arrangement which has suited everyone.

Sounds like this lady has a reputation for causing arguements and being unreasonable. I wouldn't get into any dialogue with her unless I had to.

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:50

I think have a rubens type of montana as well, now that is fast growing!  Red/purple leaves. These were from cuttings taken a few years ago. Second year in the ground.  I'm training it to grow over the summerhouse, will look great next year.

I thought the top dressing was a sterling effort to be nice to it and it does get watered regularly now so thanks for taking that into consideration

Garden SOS

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:38

That looks like a nice space. It's difficult to see what's growing in there. I can see a few bits of colour here and there.

The clump in the first pic might be ground elder which is difficult to get rid of with out weed killers.

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:18

Guilty on all three counts aym  and I was one of those people, fortunatley that's behind me now.  It's been in that pot for maybe 6 years. It's only this year that I've topdressed it and fed it. It's been ripped from many a trellis on it's travels.

Will check my honeysuckle layering trial today, just got to climb up there

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:57

Hi aym, don't mean to torment the plant ha ha First of all I read torture which would be even worse!

It's a bit late for cuttings from this one as it's entwined around an arch way at the moment. I got this in my very first garden when I didn't have any ground to plant into. In the long run I'm not sure I'm going to keep it (don't tell the plant) as it's a bit wishy washy when it flowers. It will need to come out of there at some point, as the pot is lovely and I know it's never going to perform at it's best.

Layering takes ages sanjay, I'm trying it with some honeysuckle at the mo, maybe 6 months? I'm leaving mine well alone and trying to forget about it.

I've had some success with cuttings Tetley with another type of montana. I tried the same with the honeysuckle earlier this year but no luck. Think it might have been a bit early so will have another go

Snapdragon plant

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:28

The individual blooms on each stem/ flower spike will die off gradually as the plant tries to set seed. The whole flower stem/spike should last quite a while. Once it's spent cut it off and it should have another go at flowering.

Probably will need plenty of water in containers

Discussions started by hollie hock

Cut down Clematis by mistake

What's the chances of it growing back? 
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Mother in law tongue

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What type, must have scent? 
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Sedum help please

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New shoots

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Natural predators

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Sweet Rocket

Not convinced this is a purple one? 
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Move it now?

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Blood Fish and Bone

How much is enough? 
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Seeds are up!

Always exciting 
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Lupins and woolly aphids

Once struck, always struck? 
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1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Help any ideas? 
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Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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