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Heated Bench

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 16:01

I have a heated propagator which isn't yet in service this spring as we have moved our greenhouse from the back of the housewhere it had a ready water and electricity supply to the front of teh side garden where it will get full sun and, in theory, give better crops of tomatoes.    i'll use the propagator later on for cuttings and seeds needing bottom heat.

Meanwhile I have tomato and chilli seeds germinating with the help of radiators indoors and other seeds sown in trays which are dispersed on various sunny windo sills.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 15:16

Clematis don't produce nectar so any insects visiting are there for the pollen.   i'd go for one with small, open flowers rather than the big flowered hybrids as you'll get more flowers per plant and thus more nectar.   Other than that, select a colour and habit you like and which suits the situation - aspect, amoiunt of sun etc. 

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:50

You'll be more likely to find it in here - using the search facility.   You can enter "evergreen" in the text box and then work your way through the list to see if you can find yours.  Most have pictures of the flowers and some show the foliage.   Flowering time is given and pruning group in most cases.  

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:08

Of the ones that are easily avaialable, it could be armandii Apple Blossom which flowers from March to May.  If it is, it can get very big - 5 to 7 metres - so needs rather more growing space than you have allowed.   It is a group 1 which means prune after flwoering finishes to keep it in bounds and renew flowering vigour.

It may also be Green Velvet which does flower later but is also a group 1 for pruning purposes.

Beachgrove Garden

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:54

I liked Lesley too, especially her pash for purple.  Her easy guide to design solutions was fun too.  In fact it's all fun, as gardening should be, but serious too with trials and comparisons and visits and methods for all.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:50

I made James Martin's butternut squash and lime soup - BBC Food website - and it was very good even though I used a blue skinned squash as I'm saving my last butternut for roasting.

My mail order kashmiri and chipotle chillies arrived today so I'll be cooking with those this weekend but not with anything from garden harvests.

Beachgrove Garden

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:14

See this thread -

Really looking forward to it.  I already liked the show and now it has one of my favourites joining the team.

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:07

Mild and very wet on Saturday but getting progressively colder on Sunday so -5C expected overnight and snow on Monday continuing cold.   Brrr.

How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:58

Just cut everything off at the base of the plant and leave to die for a few months.  Then it'll be easy enough to pull away and you can spray fresh new growth with glyphosate to kill that off.

However, ivy is not a killer of trees and actuallu offers shelter and food to insects and birds so maybe just trim back where it's growing where you don't want it but definitely kill off the Mile a Minute as it's a thug and just plain ugly.

Garden Achievement

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:54

Yes, best ignored.

Bookertoo - the thing about cleaning windows occasionally is that the dogwoods appear all the brighter when viewed from the living room sofa when confined  by bad weather or, in my case, a convalescent foot.  I did mine at Xmas but they probably won't get done till we have an influx of guests later on this year.   Not a priority really.

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