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I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:32

I expect OH will want his usual stay and play long golf weekend so maybe some room for negotiating.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:46

I like the way he writes, just not so keen on his presenting style.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:11

Thanks Dove.  Just need to find somewhere to park the dogs for a day as we usually take them with us on relly trips and there are none near there.   Worth a detour I reckon or maybe a trip on my own.

Bare west facing fence

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:08

You could try a wall shrub such as ceanothus.  Dark Star will spread to about 3m and give you scented flwoers in late spring.   Another is payracantha which has spring blossom and autumn berries and is excellent for wildlife.

If you stretch wires horizontal wires between the posts at 12"/30cm intervals you could try clematis such as armandii which is evergreen and has scented white flowers in spring. 

The RHS website mentons 2 evergreen or semi evergreen honeysuckles - Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' AGM: An evergreen or semi-evergreen, vigorous climber with dark green leaves and white fragrant flowers from spring to summer. Height: 10m (33ft).
L. henryi: This is an evergreen, vigorous honeysuckle with purplish-red flowers between early and mid-summer, followed by purple-black berries. Height: 10m (33ft).

Plant a mixture and spread your flowering times.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:52

Lovely colours Nut.  Sadly lacking here in my new garden but I'm working on a list......

Can it all be visited in one day?  i'd love to fit it in on a trip to see friends or rellies.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:45

Yes please.  I haven't been up this early since we moved here.  Been getting up when we wake up with the sun so needed my radio alarm and Radio 4 is so crackly it sounded like a ruddy Test match before it became intelligible.

Plumber happily fixing basin and changing tap but I have to wait till January for him to move the whole shebang as I'd like so we stop banging heads on the handy beam.

Misty here too but that means moisture for the plants still in leaf and since we've had no rain since early August, it's needed..

The Roses Are Here

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:40

I found Graham Thomas weak too and had to rescue it form the borders and put it in a pot.  I've brought it with me but time will tell if it copes.  I also have Munstead Wood which needed rescuing a year or two ago and is now doing very well in a pot.  Gertrude stayed behind as she was strong and vigorous but I did take cuttings.  

Other DA roses that performed superbly were Crocus White, Generous Gardener, Falstaff, Sceptr'd Isle, Queen of Sweden, teasing Georgia and Tess of the D'Urbevilles after I moved her to a more sheltered spot.  I also had to rescue a Benjamin Britten, Jacqueline Duprée and a Geoff Hamilton and they are now doing very well in big pots and will go out in a new rose and perennials border when I decide where it will be.

Malvern Hills struggled to grow tall in my old garden cos of cold easterly winds but always produced lovely flowers so that's on my list of new ones to order for this garden along with Teasing Georgia and some coppery coloured roses.   

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:24

I too amm up before daylight for a plumber who's coming to fix a leaky bathroom basin.  The water just flows down the hole and into the cupboard below so a bit disfunctional.

It's very misty so I have no idea what sort of day we'll have but pot shopping and maybe some more bulbs are on my list of things to do while I gear my brain up to get cracking on some painting.

Pat - your visitors need training.  OH too so he leaves broccoli and co out for awhile when cooking.

Hide an ugly fence

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 20:52

Clematis montana can be a thug when happy and it ahs a very short, tho spectacular flowering season.  I'd go for a later flowering group 2 hat will give you two flushes of flowers if well cared for or a group 3 which will flower all summer.   Plenty to choose form in either group.  This website lists hundreds - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm and can be searched by pruning group, aspect, colour, size and flowering period or you could look at commercial growers' sites such as Taylors or Evison or Thorncroft or Hawthornes which was founded by a poster on here who is a natonal collection holder of viticellas.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:39

I swing on Berghill's side of the pendulum, finding Monty mostly irritating in his mannerisms and projects but not quite unbearable.  There's enough good stuff elsewhere in the programme now but I do watch recordings so I can FF.

The fungae weren't actually in the compost but scattered on the roots at planting time.  

There was an interesting item on the stuff growing naturally in woodland on Countryfile and, apparently, plantain weed roots are also full of it so the scientific chappy's advice was to dig some up with its roots and a good lump of soil which you then cut into chunks and mix into your compost where, with luck, it will grow in symbiosis with your plants.  Especially good for strawberries apparently so i'll be digging some up to try it on my 30 new plants which have to go into troughs while waiting for a bed.

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