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can't get to last page help

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 20:10

Another little glitch i've noticed too.

Try going back to the main menu and then click on the green arrow next to the name of the last poster.  That should get you teh last page and then you can work backwards.

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 20:08

See my last para. Variegated ivy or sweet peas, althoughth latter will want deper troughs and good food to keep them going.   

You can reduce weight, and water loss, by using plastic containers which now come in vibrant colours or terracotta look alikes or subtle greys and greens depending on what you fancy.   Use wine corks or polystyrene packaing chips as crocks to help with the drainage and use a 50:50 mix of multi purpose and John Innes no 3 soil based compost to reduce soil weight but maintain feed and drainage and water retention capacity.

Garden Paint?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:15

It may not be of any help to you but comfort yourself with the price or Curpinol on Belgium - €38.50 a tin and limited colour range.  I need to treat a new shed and it looks like OH will be coming back with a boot full when he goes to Kent an a fewweeks' time.

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:00

I would think those are far too narrow and shallow for clematis but you could grow one in 6° to 70cms deep and wide pot.   Clematis are very greedy plants that like a deep root run and plenty of food and water in good quality compost.

Clematis also look pretty drab for 6 months of the year unless you go for an evergreen and they tend to get bigger than the 2m you want.    Why not consider a screen of tall grasses such as miscanthus n big pots?   They'll provide a screen and movement in the breeze and seeds for birds in autumn.  You could add verbena bonariensis to the pots to give small purple flowers that are very attractive to insects such as butterflies and are held on light airy stems.   Bronze fennel would also add contrast and attract insects and be tall enough to provide a screen.

If you do want a climber, think about veriegated ivy which will look good all year or else something like sweet peas traine dup a trellis.  They'll give you flowers and perfume for months but you'd have to plant new ones each year and keep picking the flowers to make them produce more.


Garden Patio Ideas

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:49

Me too.  I like my terrace to look like part of the garden and not part of the house that someone forgot to put a roof on.

Evergreen Hedge

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 16:28

As always, bear in mind that anything that grows that fast won't stop at that height and will quickly grow faster and taller than you want and need to be controlled.

Can you tell us more about where you are, what kind of soil you have - clay, sand, loam, stoney, chalky, acid, alkaline, moits, dry and so one and which way the sun is from your proposed hedge?

EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 16:25

I've always wondered why anyone would plant Fircracker with it's brash yellow flowers and browny purple foliage.   Same as I wonder about euphorbias which can also invade.

All a matter of taste I suppose.

One of my Japanese maples is definitely not a thug SwissSue.  It has been badly frosted this winter and needs to be moved to somewhere gentler if it survives.  Pity, as it' the only decent prize OH has ever won at golf.  Who needs trophies gathering dust or bottles of wine when you can have luscious plants instead?

Bought 2 more fuchsias today

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:58

Thanks everyone.  I've no idea what will be available at the plant fair but there's a grower who always has good looking plants and it's always easier to choose when you have recommendations.

Mrs Popple is certainly a striking colour and I do like good doers.

mile high club

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:56

You can stop the main trunk at about a foot below the height you'd like them to be but leave the side stems to grow and cover up the wounds.    We inherited a straggly conifer hedge and have taken 3 metres off its height.  It's very wide and will never be a tightly clipped precise hedge but it does provide a wind break as well as shelter for birds as its middle is a bit hollow now.

Trimming the side growth regularly will encourage yours to thicken up but make sure you only cut into green stems as they don't grow back from brown wood.

Help with seating area

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:46

Make sure you only do it once by getting the preparation right.

Prepare the area well by digging out any weeds and big stones then levelling the soil as flat as you can and firming it down.  Spread on a layer of weed suppressant membrane and peg it down.  Put a border round to conatin the bark chippings so they don't spill out onto neighbouring beds or lawn.   You can use bricks, stones, log roll, rope tiles or whatever suits your taste and budget.  Fill with bark to at least 2" deep.  More if you can. 

The bigger grades of bark will rot down more slowly than the finer stuff and are les slikely to blow around in strong winds.    You'll still find some opportunist weeds will seed into it but they're easy to clear.   

Install your seat and enjoy.

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