O Osborne

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winter preperation - help !

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:40
I have a Passion flower growing all over trellis, grown from a long wooden trough on a small roof terrace . This is my first winter growing plants and I really don't want to lose it due to frost etc Can people please advise me on what is best for it ? Do I wrap just the wooden trough in fleece or should I be trying to cover the leaves also , I have no idea ! Many thanks


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:40

Help i am a novice gardener!

i'm growing a passion flower in a wooden trough up a trellis on a small roof terrace.

everything seem to be going well as the flower has grown very quickly and looks healthy but just in the last week i have noticed that the lower leaves are turning a more yellowish colour and few have dropped off, should i be worried.

I care for it buy, watering daily and small spoon on miracle grow once a week.

also it has a lot of fruit on it, should these picked off or allowed to fall naturally?

thanks in advance

Honeysuckle - white powder on leaves

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 10:00

Hi all im a novice garderner,


i have small roof terrace, with honeysuckle growing in a trough up a trellis, everything seemed to be going fine, then I started to notice white powder on the leaves and some of them are beginning to fall off.


is this a fungus and is it treatable?


thanks in advance!    

sweet pea - are mine annual or perennial?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:45

Hi there I bought some sweet peas recently in a small pot, their label simple says 'sweet pea mixed - a main season variety' (Spencer waved) in its description it mentions removing faded blooms to encourage further flowering .


Can anyone tell me whether they are perennial or not ? 

And are annuals a real pain to remove once their year is done?


As they are growing in a trough with other plants 


Thanks !

Honeysuckle - best compost for potted plant

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 09:03

Hi there thanks for all your advice its really helping a novice like me!



Honeysuckle - best compost for potted plant

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 15:07

And what about feeding do i need to do this weekly, monthly?



Honeysuckle - best compost for potted plant

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:14

Hi there im planting some Honeysuckle in a deep long wooden trough, which i am hoping will climb up my trellis.

I have read that i need to ensure that the troughs have good draining holes and crocks at the bottom

But can people suggest some advice for the best compost to use general planting tips and whether to use fertisliser etc?

(im a bit of a novice)

many thanks!

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:42

Thanks all again

so Ivy and sweet peas are the way to go.

What sort of height could i expect to achieve in the troughs i initially posted?

What happens when ivy out grows its pot does it die?

lastly what sort of spacing should i use?

thanks for your help!

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:12

thanks for the advice guys

so the fact that it is nice long trough wont really help , it needs to be deep?


my trouble is that on a roof terrace weight is a consideration, are there other suitable climbers that would be happy in a trough of 150cm x 15cm(w) x 17cm(d)




Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:42

I have a small roof terrace where i would like to create a foliage screen for privacy.

People have suggested clematis as a good choice as it climbs well.

I am planning to buy the two troughs below


150cm x 15cm x 17cm  to be placed against a fence of about 1m heigh on top of which a trelllis that will hopefull have the clematis climbing all over to create the screen.

My main question is will a trough like this be adequate to house a plant that will grow to 2m

Are clematis indeed the right plant, and what sort of spacing between each plant

Im a complete novice so any advice would be much appreciated!

thanks in advance


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