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Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 19:27

OK thanks. Not sure why this post was duplicated? Not intentional! 

Eeek I've got a rat

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 10:37

What did you switch to SG? 

 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 10:34

Thanks to everyone. I have discovered that the Ceanothus Repens is a small, low growing one - which I can find a home for. Can anyone suggest a dark blue Ceanothus with an upright habit?  I can't remember the tall variety I left behind in my previous garden and would like a similar one.

Eeek I've got a rat

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 23:37

I sympathise. I have a rat problem - one or two are really big. They are crafty blighters - usually come out around tea time (wonder why!)  They even climb up the shiny metal plant obelisks!  I put out the blue wheat based stuff (suitably covered) and it disappeared every night. I estimated that there was either one enormous rat or several on a calorie controlled diet (to quote from Truly Madly Deeply)  I still saw rats - whether they were new ones or immmune to the poison.  The guy who did my garden makeover advised a mix of plaster and cocoa. Maybe it was because it was dental plaster - they didn't go for it!  I got one with my air-gun (it was making a bad job of climbing my Pyracantha after the birds' fat balls) and I caught one in an old rat trap.

It has gone quiet for the past couple of days but I know they're out there . . . waiting.

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 23:20

I read (article by Monty Don) that Ceanothus don't do well after 4-5 years but benefit from pruning after they have flowered.

Thank you everyone, for your advice. I'm sure I'll be back soon to bend your ears! 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 21:22

Thanks to everyone. I have discovered that the Ceanothus Repens is a small, low growing one - which I can find a home for. Can anyone suggest a dark blue Ceanothus with an upright habit?  I can't remember the tall variety I left behind in my previous garden and would like a similar one.

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 12:22

It might help if I included the photo! 


 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 12:20

I should have given sizes!    Here is a photo of the plants. 6 pint milk container as size reference!

There are quite a few buds on the Ceanothus (Repens)  Not sure if it's an evergreen/decid or what shade the flowers are. I planted a lovely dark blue one in my previous garden. It grew quite fast in 3 years to approx 6'. 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 23:33



 


Thanks everyone! Much as I suspected. I put them outside today as it was quite warm and sunny here in the South - I brought them in at night. I will see if I can find something amongst my garage junk to make a cold frame!

By the way - the rose is bare rooted and coated with a waxy substance. It has quite a few tiny buds forming. I understand roses are tougher than most other plants so maybe it can go out in a week or so?

Judith - I am not planning to put the Montana round the arch (that is for climbing roses.) I have grown them before, in my previous garden. I want it to cover an ugly wall and then grow along the adjoining fence/hedge. There is plenty of room for it to do it's thing!

Thanks for the kind comments re garden structure - it was previously the ugliest garden I have ever seen - all concrete and red paint. See 'before' photos. (I have painted the red wall to look like old bricks.)

 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 01:49

I have just impulse-purchased some plants for my newly made-over fairly sparse back garden. (see pic - taken just after recent hailstorm!)  The plants were quite cheap/small specimens. Clematis Montana, Cistus, Ceanothus, rose New Dawn. The instructions are to plant out asap (not in frosty weather) but, although I live in the Deep South - it's pretty chilly at the moment and the plants were in a heated shop.  I am wondering what to do with them so they don't die of shock/hypothermia!  I don't have a greenhouse but do have a brick shed with large windows that I use for potting etc. The proposed site for the plants is my back garden - sunny in summer but the sun is only reaching about half of it at this time of year (front garden south facing)  Soil is quite sandy. Incidentally, the rose is to train around a wooden arch yet to be put up near the top of the garden. Not sure why pic is sideways!

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Just purchased a few plants

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