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Latest posts by Mrs G

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:39

Thanks Edd, I've just been given a jasmine and I have a toddler, good to know.

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:00

Gutted about the bean roots! 

Spawn 2014

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:13

Four clumps in total this year and frogs have left the pond.  Pretty pleased with that result as the pond hasn't even been in a year yet.  I agree Dove, although the weather has turned colder here I doubt we'll get a frost, we've only had a few frosty mornings all winter.  It would probably need to be a hard frost with the pond surface freezing over to damage the spawn and the frogs survived before we invented fleece. 

Replacement for overgrown ivy and heavily-trimmed shrubs in clay soil

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:13

You're welcome Phil.  You have probably heard of them because they are all common, but common because of their popularity and ease of care.  Someone suggested topping your fence panels with trellis, great idea as fast growing clematis and honeysuckle will soon cover them.  Crocus has got an excellent search engine which you can use to find plants to suit the shaded situation.

Replacement for overgrown ivy and heavily-trimmed shrubs in clay soil

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:31

I would not plant Philadelphus (mock orange) unless you can commit the time each year or ever other year to keeping it pruned correctly once it is established.  When established they are very dense with woody stems and you can't just hack them all off level without it resulting in a congested mess of stems.  I have inherited one with this garden and it has taken a lot of work to improve the state of it after it had been randomly hacked.

Replacement for overgrown ivy and heavily-trimmed shrubs in clay soil

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:48

If you use well rotted manure or compost you can plant straight away.  Clay really aught to be double dug then left for the frost to get to it but too late for that now.  It will say on the back of the manure bags what the coverage is.  If you plant deciduous shrubs the leaves will improve the soil over time.  Clematis Montana is very vigorous and only needs pruning if you want to restrain it.  The same goes for honeysuckle. You could plant buddleia and dogwood as they can cope with hard pruning each year and come in lots of different varieties.  

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 11:33

Emptied my mum's compost bins onto the garden yesterday, cut my aunt's lawn, deadheaded her hydrangeas and did a general tidy up of dead stems, veg bed etc. Cut out the old woody stems of mum's Fatsia Japonica today then back over to aunt's house to chop down three hideous conifers which are blocking all the light from her front room.  Then I'd better think about mowing my own lawn!  

Who ate the lupins???

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:57

If you suspect slugs but can't find them, lift the plant out and check the bottom of the plant itself as they often get in the drainage holes and live inside the bottom of the pot during the day.

Spawn 2014

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 13:51

Yay the first clump of frogspawn in our new pond!  Lots of small males croaking and enjoying the sun too.

Spring soil.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 19:25

Our veg area is a raised bed out in by the previous owners, don't think the soil is up to much really but trying to improve it with crimson clover green manure before I plant out veg this year.  I know raised beds are meant to be better because they dry out earlier in the season and you don't walk on them but it means in periods of no rain you have to water a lot more.  Think I will have to lay a plank across the middle this year to walk on because the bed is huge, the previous woman was a lot taller than me!

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