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flowering climber suggestions please

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:13

If you prefer the modern double flowering clematis, Crystal Fountain is in flower now and has been reliable over several years in my garden. It grows to about 6/7ft with lilac outer petals and white inner - I have found a photo image here:

The second burst of flowers tend to be single lilac.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:54

You will get some new growth from pruned stems but you should be able to keep on top of it. I 'lifted up the skirt' of a laurel last year so that I could underplant. It is now shooting from the cut stems at ground level, but it will be easy enough to cut the new shoots back again. Just keep pruning yours to shape whenever it's needed - they are very resilient plants and no amount of pruning would kill them.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 12:52

I can't help feeling that the show gardens at Chelsea just don't relate to me as a gardener. I like Tatton, although it does get busy of course, but the show gardens again at Tatton feel a bit remote in my opinion.

I have a strong preference for Southport flower show; I know it's not RHS but it is a big show and the show gardens are intimate, lovely and very inspiring. You get to easily speak to the exhibitors and the flower pavilions are spectacular.

tallish pond plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 12:43
nutcutlet wrote (see)

You need a marginal plant, Lysimachia won't put up with 8inches of water. A nice damp soil at the edge and it will go like mad

I find Lysimachia Alexander is actually quite adaptable where we are. I have some in a fairly dry soil bed, and some on a pond shelf which lies about 6-8" under the surface depending on the weather. Both plants flowered last year and are shooting well this year.

tallish pond plant

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 14:10
Barbara Harrison wrote (
Is this available from garden centres or will I have to go to a specialist?

There are some at Suttons here:

Also a search on Ebay, if you use it, will give results. The variegated yellow loosestrife look lovely in a pond with both foliage and flower interest all Summer.

tallish pond plant

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 15:31

I have yellow variegated loosestrife - it is called Alexander, grows to 1-2ft and is nowhere near as aggressive as normal loosestrife.

The foliage is quite pretty.

Wildlife pond - Algae and Newts

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 15:23

I do the same as Dove, using a bamboo cane to twirl up the blanket weed - I once caught up a baby newt in the twirl, which was very traumatic for both me and the newt!

I also used the barley extract last year to clear the weed, and it helped a lot.

I got a lot of blanket weed last year but less this year. I have planted some Ranunculis Aquatilis (Water Crowfoot) in this Spring and I can actually see oxygen bubbles coming up from the plant, and I wonder if it is this plant that has helped prevent the blanket weed? I don't know if anybody else has planted this?

I have newts in the pond, including babies about 2" long.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 13:13

I STILL don't have any beetles! I had them on previous years but not a single one yet. My dozen lily pots and 1/2 dozen bedding lilies are all growing well and completely hole free.

I'm amazed, and very pleased.

to pinch out or not

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 13:05

How long do snap dragons take to flower once they are pinched out? if it is 3 months like most plants, is it time to stop pinching out?

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 13:00

Mmmm, never thought of a geranium Rozanne in a basket. It could be a good idea and I suspect it will flop over the sides so would look good. Since the root ball will be central (assuming you are going for just one in a basket), you would be able to plant up some trailers around the edges - maybe some blue lobelia, or something contrasting like a pink Diascia or yellow Bidens?

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