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Hopeless Gardner

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Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:30

i am looking for a clematis that will be happy in a tub and will climb over trellis. Not over worried about colour or flowering time as long as it isn't too fussy.


any ideas?




hopeless gardner

Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 18:42

Yes it is - just!

Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:08

Could you advise best place to order Buzz Ivory from and also sarcococca





Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:30

I Will look forward to it, thanks



Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 18:51

Ok, the buzz varieties seem to have some disadvantages.  Anyone used any other ones?





Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 20:33

ithese seem to be offered in groups of two or three in some on line sites.  I want to replace a normal sized plant with a dwarf variety.. Question is which colour is best for butterflies and would it be best to plant a group of them, would one just look a bit solitary?

also can anyone recommend a nice scented Christmas box plant.

many thanks


Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 13:18

Many thanks.  Mums was in Bedfordshire, mine is in Derbyshire so that will make a difference no doubt.  Certainly the snowdrops I bought up from there have taken some time to come up whilst all the established ones are well on?


Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 12:40

I planted one last autumn in memory of my mother who had a lovely one. So far no foliage or flowers.  Is it dead or does it take a year or two to get going.  Actually I don't think it is dead but very very tiny buds. I thought they are supposed to flower from November onwards.

Any comments much appreciated.


Hopeless G







Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:36

At this stage mostly a buddleia. I can hear you all shout about pruning in February but the plant is enormouse and is going to be dug out fairly soon.  In my defence I am going to replace it with a dwarf variety.

other shrub varieties will follow soon into the shredded pile.

all good advice, thank you every one, only I haven't any grass cuttings as I have a tiny lawn which I cut with a flymo.


Thanks again,






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

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:29

I can understand your problem.  There seven next door who use my drive as a giant litter tray!! Currently I am using two options which I alternate and so far seem to be working.  A cat deterrent device from the RSPB.  Can't remeber the name of it.  They do get desensitised to it so every now  andd again I turn it off for awhile, and when they start to reappear  I chuck used tea bags about and spray Deep Heat over them! I know it sounds barking  mad but someone told me about it and so far so good.. And then after a bit turn the deterrent back on.

hope it helps.






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To put in a patio tub 
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Dwarf buddleia

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Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

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Last Post: 31/03/2015 at 19:11

Composting shredded stuff

Lots of it! 
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Getting rid of it!! 
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Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 14:29

Is it a jasmine

Small leaves, dark pink tiny fluted flowers all summer, bees love it, not much scent, grows like anything 
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Last Post: 06/09/2013 at 11:10

Poorly clematis

Little growth and no flowers 
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