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Advice on climbing plants please

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 15:02

I was just looking at the evergreen clematis and most seem to need extra protection in winter which I wouldn't be able to give them (and it does get cold here). Ivy would indeed be a better choice for the wildlife, and as I have plenty of it growing elsewhere I know it will 'do'.

Gosh, lots to think about!

Advice on climbing plants please

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 13:50

Thank you all. I do like the VC and as I am out at work most days, in winter it's nearly always dark when I'm at home anyway, so a bare tin wall won't matter to me much then :) Maybe I will grow something evergreen as well though, for my neighbours' sake.

I wouldn't mind if it all went over the roof eventually, I would be able to see it from the upstairs windows.

Yes, shade is an issue for the fern. That one does get really huge too so I think I'll cross that one off the list.

Thanks again.

Advice on climbing plants please

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 10:46

Opposite my kitchen window is the wall of our big tin shed/barn. It used to be covered up by a rather nice conifer and a Mahonia, until someone got carried away with a tractor & flail. The Mahonia may grow back, but the tree was beyond help so I have cut the remains down as it made me sad to look at it.

This has left me with a large expanse of corrugated tin to look at and I'd like to cover it up with some climbing plants, instead of replacing the tree. Hopefully climbing plants will not grow out into the road and tempt the flail-man next time he comes round.

The tin wall faces east so gets plenty of sun in the morning, the ground below it grows a fine crop of nettles but I have access to any amount of horse manure so I can improve the soil if needed. The wall is about fifteen feet wide and probably about the same in height, and I plan on hanging some netting from the top of the wall to give the plants something to grip onto.

I was contemplating a Virginia creeper, or a Japanese climbing fern, and a clematis (I happen to have one of these which is growing on in a pot - it is very small - and will be looking for a home soon).

If anyone had any advice, or alternative suggestions I'd be grateful. I have a feeling the first two plants on my list may be too vigorous for the space but any suggestions welcome.

Thank you.

Frostbitten Pieris

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:12

Thank you, I shall leave well alone.

Frostbitten Pieris

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:07

We had a really hard frost last week and my Pieris has suffered badly. All the pink new growth has gone brown and it looks terrible. Should I pinch off the dead leaves? Will that affect any further new growth?

A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 18:14

I used to work in the Herbarium, many years ago.

Plants for a waterlogged garden?

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 10:56

I live in a very wet area and have discovered the hard way that there are plants which just don't do. But happily there are plants which love it and do really well.

Ones I have had success with: hardy geraniums, astilbes, ferns of all shapes and sizes, sedums big and small, euphorbias, iris. My favourites are the astilbes, they are no bother, have lovely leaves and flowers, and the flower spikes are an interesting shape even when they have gone over. Also the slugs will not eat them!

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 17:49

In spring I sowed some seeds into an old bath tub. I chose hot colours and hoped for a wonderful display. Marigolds, nasturtiums  and tagetes. I was a bit worried about the tagetes as after I'd sown them i read the instructions (yes, I know...) and they said I should have done them into a seed tray and planted them out once they'd got to a decent size. Ho hum.

The tagetes did really well and flowered for most of the summer. So much for the instructions. Only two nasturtiums came up and they flowered for about a week. All the marigolds grew but did they flower? Did they heck! All summer I kept looking, and hoping. When October came and went I rather gave up hope but what do you know, they have finally begun to flower. I have told them they are a bit foolish as it is November and quite cold but they carry on, and I'm enjoying their bold colour.


Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 09:49

I google Imaged waterbutts' links and it looks most like this one: Clavulinopsis helvola

But Dove - what a beautiful picture, it looks like some kind of alien insect!

Thanks all for the suggestions.

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:26

First I will apologise for not taking a pic of this but things at home have been a bit topsy turvy as we had to get the vet out this afternoon, and I got a bit behindhand.

To get on with this, I was cutting the grass out front today and noticed a lot of yellow things growing in amongst the grass. Most are very small still but one or two were bigger. The biggest one was about 2 inches long and curled like a corkscrew. They are all bright yellow, and very firmly 'rooted' to the ground. There are no leaves, it's a single column of growth but I have never seen anything like it before.

What could it be? I have had a look in my 'mushroom & toadstool' book but can't find it. 

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