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Wild life...

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 13:08

I try every time but I can't  get over the ineptitude of some of the presenters out in the field and find Chris P just a bit arrogant though a lot better than bumbling Oddie..   Pity as some of the stuff is new and interesting.    Gave up and changed channels half way through last night.  Won't be trying again till next spring.

Autumn prune clematis?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 13:37

You can look up your clematis on this site - - using the text search facility, and that will tell you the pruning group.  Any in group 3 can safely be cut back now to tidy them up and then pruned back hard in spring.   Best not to do the hard prune before winter as leaving some top growth on means those stems take the frosts and the crown and base are protected.

Any e.g. of Japanese knotweed actually damaging a property?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 17:00

Watch this - It shows it growing through the house............

I would be very very wary and at least ask for  decent discount on teh house as getting it treated can be very expensive, without getting into the costs of repairs if it does invade the house.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:41

I remember a  group of us on the old Beeb boards deciding to grow certain seeds and report back.  Most had trouble getting good germination rates with monarda, cleome and heuchera Metal shades.

What to do...

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 14:32

Don't try an dig too much as it doesn't really help soil structure and can reduce the levels of beneficial organisms present to help provide nutrients to your plants.  Just spread the compost over as soon as you clear the annuals and leave it for the winter then fork it next spring.  Covering it with cardboard will help too and it can also just be forked in next spring if it disintegrates or removed, torn up and put on the compost heap if it stays in one piece.

What to do...

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:58

Lucky you.   I can't see annuals lasting more than a week or two now as some cold weather is bound to hit soon.   If you have the pots and plenty of compost and can protect them from heavy frosts over winter then by all means pot them up.

That'll give you the winter to clear your annuals and pile lots of compost and maybe some fine grit on your soil for the worms to play with over winter and break up your clay a bit.


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:50

An update, just in case.  Vanille Fraise has coped with the gales a lot better than Mega Mindy which is now looking distinctly naked and sad.  VF still has flower heads but not a lot of foliage any more.  T'other pair have only been in 3 weeks but still have flrower heads depsite being blasted by the winds and rain.

All 4 have a distinct lean now so have been given a stake and a support ring to prevent further lean and root rock.   They will be pruned back to shape next spring, after the worst of the frosts is over.

christmas soon

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:56

I'd say buy the kind that don't shed their needles - Abies and Nordmann - and buy early before they get dessicated standing about with no water.   Cut off an inch or two at the base and stand it in water as soon as you get it home.

If you do prefer the ordinary needley kind, do all the above but bring it indoors as late as possible, keep it cool and well watered and spray with hairspray before decorating as this helps prevent the needles giving off moisture.

Annuals for partial and complete shade

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:51

According to the RHS, Calendula officinalis Fiesta Gitana and Coreopsis grandiflora should do well in your partially shaded area as should Nemophila maculata, the Nicotiana Domino Series and Rudbeckia Hirta 'Toto' all of which will provide good colour but I suspect the best bet for your north facing bed is the bedding begonias previously mentioned and impatiens or Busy Lizzy.



Update on technical issues

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:41

Don't use avatars or emoticons but am very pleased that yo'ure keeping us up to date with developments.  THank you Daniel and the team.

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