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Posted: 23/02/2016 at 15:06

If you got it from David Austin and followed their planting advice and it has only grown 18 inches in 2 years I suggest you contact them for advice/refund/replacement.

As for not having space for a rope swagger, each fence post would be 4" deep and wide and the rope would be in the air so not taking up ground space.    Loads less space needed than for an arch or obelisk.

Soda crystals to control moss

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:09

Have you tried a solution of Jeyes Fluid?   Whatever you do you'll need to protect the grass and any other plants it may touch.

Is your driveway badly drained or shaded?  May be better to fix that for a long term solution.

Pots and Containers

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:03

I like the better imitation terracotta as they are lighter to move and don't flake if frosted.

However I also like to use ceramic pots which can often be bought cheap at end of season sales before garden centres install their Xmas displays or else at car boots and so on.    I like found objects too so old timber boxes lined with black plastic to protect the wood and holes pierced in the bottom, old kitchen pots such as enamel steamers and colanders, old chimney pots................


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 10:28

I agree about arches and obelisks being too small.   On your parallel thread - I suggest rope swaggers with photos to illustrate.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 15:12

I grow both edibles and flowers, tho I don't harvest the flowers for cutting.   I find they provide equal pleasure and satisfaction and the flowery bits are becoming a great haven for wildlife which helps with pollination and controlling pests in all the garden.


Posted: 22/02/2016 at 15:08

I think and arch needs to lead somewhere so would look odd in the middle of a bed.    The David Austin website says this rose gets to 20' high so an obelisk will need to be quite high and wide and you will need to wind the stems assiduously round their support.

You could consider growing it along ropes between posts along a path or the edge of your border


 Pictures taken at Coloma Rose Graden, St Pieters-Leeuw near Brussels.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 14:57

Lovely wall so I'd leave some as backdrop and some for supporting climbing roses or ramblers trained on wires.   Definitely widen the border too - at least double or treble width.   

Still no gardening here.   It's blowing a hooly and driving rain too.   Even the ducks are sheltering!


Posted: 22/02/2016 at 10:43

You can look up your clematis on this website - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ to check you have planted them with their best aspect.  It will also tell you when to prune according to its group.

In my experience, all clematis take a year or two to get their feet down before they start producing strong new growth.   In addition, some clematis are tender, some bone hardy and many are in between.  They all need to be planted deep in well prepared holes a few inches deeper than they were in their pots.   Then they need a good watering and generous dollops of clematis food every spring, the correct pruning and their new stems training out to encourage flowering.


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 19:05

Drowning sort of day here.  Our paddock is a lake again and the garden is too squelchy to walk on apart from paths up the veggie patch and to the bird feeders and compost heaps.

Dancing was good though.

Reclaimed chimney pot

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:57

Wire brush or steel wool to take off the worst then leave it to weather.  The paint will flake off and fade over the seasons and look more natural.

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