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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 19:23

That is what my new perfumed garden area is for Lantana - morning coffee in the sun as it rises and gets warmer.

Love ginger cats but had no luck with them.  The day after we moved in here OH found one banging at Possum's bedroom window to be let in.  There's a low roof of the annex below so she'd climbed up.    The most affectionate and hungry cat - ate a week's worth of our Pusscat's food in 2 days.   I decided to check with the former owners and, sure enough, they'd lost one of their cats within days of moving to the village in mid July.   They came to fetch her two days later and I gave them one of our cat cages to carry her in.  18yr old daughter in tears at seeing her cat fat and well again.  Mum and 2 boys quite emotional too.

Happy ending except that our pusscat died 2 weeks later - cancer - and after a month or so I decided I really needed a cat and we adopted Cosmos and Minstrel - white and Black and White.  They are wonderful, even if they're not ginger, and young enough to have learned to manage the dogs. 

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:34

That's just the east side VS.  There's a new hosta and hydrangea planned for here, to the south of the house and the left of the gates - lowest and dampest part of the garden.

Is it too late to prune Honeysuckle?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:30

I'd go back to 2 or 3 ' above ground and then give it a liquid feed of rose or tomato food to encourage new flwoering growth.  It helps, if you can, to tie in the new stems so they grow horizontally and diagonally (more flowers) rather than letting it shoot up vertically.  

Here is some advice from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=439

Is it too late to prune Honeysuckle?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:09

That will simply make new growth above the fence.  Prune the lot back so it regrows to cover your fence and flower where you can see them.  You'll just have to risk losing this year's flowers.

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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:57


What to do with rubble

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:42

Take it to the dump.

Clay is best broken up by adding layers of compost in autumn for the worms to work in over winter.  Adding some pea-sized gravel will also help but not chunks of cement.    Just putting raised beds over it without any work won't give good drainage.

20cm is quite shallow and should be filled with good top soil.   You'll need to break up the clay with a  fork and then pour on some sharp grit before filling with good soil and maybe some bought in or garden compost.

Is it too late to prune Honeysuckle?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:33

It depends on whether it's an early or summer flowering honeysuckle.  If the former, it will flower on wood produced last year so pruning now will lose you a season of flowers.  Summer flowerers do it on new wood so can be pruned back in spring.

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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:27

Hiccups Pottie?

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:25

Looking good so far Wonky.

Here is a progress photo of my perfumed garden to be on the east side of the house

Now the fences are up the plan is to clear the grass, make a space for a table and some chairs and then plant some of my clematis and roses to cover the fences and fill the place with perfume and hamamelis and winter honeysuckle to spread the colour and perfume thru the year.

Broom not flowering

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:10

I think you need a bit of patience.  They usually flower in late spring and then, if you need to, you can prune when flowering is over but not too hard.   You could try giving it a feed of rose or tomato food to encourage flowers.

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