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Bog gardening

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 20:17

I lost my gunnera, just as well probably! I was determined to fit it in my bog garden but they do become massive. 

I have some calla lilies that used to flower beautifully, but haven't for a few years, some yellow & blue iris. I did have a dierama, angel's fishing rod but lost that too. 

The things I have lost are either due to the harsh winters, or due to the hosta taking over a bit. After years of them being eaten by slugs, I managed to grow one as there's so many feet of gravel all around the bog probably. However now the novelty is wearing off, I guess I ought to tame it & let other things have room! 

There are a lot of lovely plants that thrive in these conditions, but choose carefully.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:34

Such a shame, it is as others have said only 30 mins once a week. 

Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:30

So the tub's to keep them dark as well as moist I guess. 



Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:11

I've tried several times this year & none of my climbing beans have germinated either in the greenhouse or outside. Or they're being eaten before   I notice them! 

I'm tempted to try germinating them the windowsill, from what I read I just damp kitchen tissue, wrap them in it & place in plastic bag on windowsill. 

Have others tried this, any tips? 

Teaching a rose to climb

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:03

Roses need help to climb. 

I planted a Gertrude Jeykll & a few others last autumn & am training it onto a trellis. I'm having a go at the fan type method where you tie stems as horizontally as you can so lots of flowering side shoots come off those main lateral stems. 

I'm still learning it as I go along, so I'm sure someone can explain it better. 

You do need either a post or pillar you can cross the stems around, or if on a fence either trellis or wires to tie the rose stems in to, however you want to do it.

David Austin do say that one is good as a short climber, & certainly the stems on mine are very thin & floppy at the moment, it is very young though. My experience with the ones they call arching growth, is that it takes about 5 years for the stems to support the weight of the lovely big blooms, without flopping the stems out wide, unless I supported them in some way.

So I'd consider if you have room for it to be a rather large arching shrub if you decide against it as a climber. 


Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 12:25

I have the Lakeland one with prongs that you twist & I find that works brilliantly. 

Any foliage wraps around the prongs & it pulls nearly all of the deep roots out but is also so quick & easy to use that I use it even for small ones to save my back. 

It then has a plunger bit you press to send the weed flying out. 

I looked at the Fiskars one but it's so much heavier & I can't see the lever always being easy to use in cramped conditions, nor in loose soil beds. I can't imagine it working half as well as the one I have.


Posted: 21/06/2012 at 11:23

Yes if they lay eggs the young look like horrible brown blobs underneath the leaves. 

Pick them off carefully, if you drop them they tend to land red side down & it's much harder to spot their dark undersides on the soil. 

Tiny garlic, what to feed?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 15:52

I have solent white, early purple & elephant in large containers.

I think I was harvesting this time last year, but am guessing they are just very behind due to the recent cool weather. 

I have scraped back a little compost & they are rather tiny. Is there anything I can feed them?

I had a great crop of solent white last year & I never feed, just put them into the multipurpose compost pots that had the tomatoes, chillis, cucumbers & courgettes in, when I've pulled those crops up in the autumn.

So is there anything I can feed them with now or is it too late to make a difference. I really only have blood, fish & bone, miracle grow liquid or tomato liquid food, but can go & buy anything if others think it's worth it.

Climbers for north facing fence in pots

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 16:07

On my north facing fence I have clematis montana, I did have a Nelly Moser which was fine there, until the slugs got it! Hydrangea Petioralis as already mentioned too.

Also a couple of pyracanthas & honeysuckle seems fine there too, I can't remember what variety they are.

The other climbers there are roses Danse de Feu & Madame Alfred Carriere. I also had Madame Gregoire Staechelin until it died for no reason! 

So I guess it depends on how large the pots can be. 

Climbing Roses

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:43

I have a Madame Alfred Carriere on a north facing fence & it's travelling miles along it. I needed to move some of the longer stems last year so I pruned it hard & have fanned out the enormous amount of new stems it's put on. 

Great scent, very good at repeating. Just off white & medium sized blooms I'd say. A great one for part shade I'd say.

I planted Gertrude Jekyll, Tess of the D'urbevilles & Generous Gardener as climbers on the sunny side. They're not that quick to get started I wouldn't say & Tess isn't showing much disease resistance. I would say the other two would meet your scent , bloom size & repeat flowering criteria well though., if you like their colours. They're not ever going to be as big as Madame AC though.

I saw James Galway as a climber at the David Austin gardens last year & thought it was beautiful. It's the next one I'm going to get. A Shropshire Lad had similar blooms but in a different colour. Crown Princess Margarita looked good too, if you like the colour.

Of course it all depends how much height or width you have for the climber & what colours you want. 

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