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What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:15

I know Goldilocks, but they're Brits and Frogs and Krauts and all the rest, not just Belgians and teher's been a huge influx of eastern Europeans recently too and that has skewed hpusing costs a sthey put pressure on teh rehntals market.   All brings a lot of money too in spending power but not a lot of taxes.  Win some lose some and, of course, being in rented properties doesn't make sensible gardening and horticulture rules a priority.

6x or growmore

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 14:41

I use pelleted manure in my garden, either chicken or a mix of chicken, cow and horse.   I then use specific fertilisers for plants like roses, tomatoes and celamtis plus garden compost to imprpve the soil structure and micro organisms.

Growmore is a chemical by product of the oilindustry and, whilst it feeds plants temporarily, it adds nothing to the soil and good plants are all about good soil.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:47

Not really Goldilocks.  These policies and decisions are made by representatives of the member states on permanent or temporary secondment form their national civil and foreign services.  Locally hired staff are usually lowlier posts such as security staff and basic admins such as secretaries.   There's a huge foreign population in and around Brussels to service al the EU departments, embassies to the EU, NATO and Belgian government, lobbyists, NATO and SHAPE employees, World Customs organisation, European head offices of mult nationals, teachers for the EU and international schools and so on.

The upside is that you can find restaurants and shops catering for just about every cuisine in the world.

Small front garden planting

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:51

I would stick with glaucous blue or grey foliage to pick up the slate so lavenders which just need pruning once the flowers fade and/or dwarf conifers such as Juniperus Blue Carpet, Juniperus Blue Star.

Plants with white flowers would also look good.  Try, ,,,,,, 

You don't say whether the soil is acid, neutral or alkaline so you'll have to check for which plants are suitable for your soil.   remmeber to prepare it well buy digging out roots of perennial weeds and adding plenty of well rotted manure and/or garden compost as you won't be able to do that once the slate mulch ahs gone on.  Let teh soil settle a few days before planting up and then water everything well.

For something completely different, you could consider a herb garden - rosemary, sage, thymes, French tarragon, chives and so on.   Taking bits off for the kitchen will keep them pruned and tidy.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:03

Geoff H and AT also advised barley straw for pond algae.   I don't see how a ban could be policed in private gardens and they're going to have to do some explaining to justify such a ban.

Your top performing PINK clematis!

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 09:25

There are also scented clematis you could consider.  Thevergreen armandii types are a too wussy to survive for me but I have these doing well -

Betty Corning -

clematis x triternata 'rubromarginata' -

and Flammula - 

They are all scrambled up trees.  The last two have tiny flowers but lots of them.

Your top performing PINK clematis!

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 18:01

Use the website I've indicated on teh other threads and put pink in the tepal box on the search form.

I have Princess Diana and like many clems she tooka a couple of eyars to settle down but isnow very vigorous and has masses of flowers.   Alionushka is pretty but less vigorous - 

Cicciolina is tough and has rather small flowers produced in profusion -

Dr Ruppel is gorgeous but struggles with my winters -

Hagley Hybrid is common and a bit mauvey but has lovely dark antehrs and is a good doer -

hendryetta is a delicate flower and non clinging so needs training and tying in - 

I love Markham's Pink but it didn't like my winters - 

Omoshiro looks fab planted with a deeper pinky red clem such as Mme Julia Correvon or Niobe or Warsaw Nike -



Your top performing MAUVE or PURPLE clematis!

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:39

I once tried Romantika - which I planted with a Hanna -

Romantika didn't make it through winter and Hanna failed too but suddenly popped up again last year.

Your top performing BLUE clematis

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:22

I find in my garden that montana and alpina get excited and juicy and full of new foliage and flwoer buds just in time to be knocked out by a severe late frost and we always get a -15 or so in late March or even early April that does for them.  I grow lots of clematis but not the cirrhosa, alpina, macro petala or montana forms and I now make sure when buying new ones that they can cope down to -25C as we get that quite a lot in recent winters.

circular formal raised bed what centre piece

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:15

or an acer griseum or a Tibetan cherry for its their wonderful form and bark.   An obelisk with a clematis or rambling rose.   A statue on a plinth or a large pot on a plinth with seasonal planting - skimmia an divies for winetr, bulbs for spring, whatever you fancy for summer.   Depends on available time and budget.

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