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What will simply not thrive for you....

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:05

Rhodos and azaleas et al as I have alkaline but very fertile loamy soil.

Leucanthemums do very well here but I can't get Chinese lanterns to grow and am on my 5th and last attempt with white Japanese anemones.  Pink ones fine.   Whites always give up but I have some that came through their first winter OK - but we didn't have a winter.  Barely got below zero last year.

Crocosmia won't grow for me either so I've given up.  

These have been fabulous

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 15:55

I have a white flowered version too and it's just as prolific a self seeder.  A friend tells me that if I plant them together I may get stripey babies.  I'll let you know next year.

calling the forum cooks

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 13:34

I use buttermilk in my scones when I can and often also add an egg but I usually only make cheese or cheese and ham scones, maybe with some herbs added.  I mix them in the food processor and add the wet stuff just before baking.

My Belgian dance committee colleagues love them.

Haven't tried them on jam and cream scones yet.

Hope it went well Nut.  Agree about milk in coffee unless it's a proper capuccino when I'm in the mood or in Italy.    Don't do tea either.

Potential jam??

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:49

Doubt if it's damsons in France but there are small, dark purple plums native to Namur in Belgium - pruneaux de Namur - and probably something similar in France.

If there are thorns at the tips, it's buckthorn.

Very White rose?

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:45

Rosa Europa Nostra - new one I came across at the garden centre 10 days ago.  Very bushy habit with healthy, glossy green foliage and lots of small, white, scented flowers which repeat.   

I bought one but am waiting for the Belgian drought to finish before planting out as I need to get in and clear excess pink geraniums first to make  space.

If you want large flowers, then yes, Iceberg.

Raised Borders with Sleepers

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:23

Mine are real ex railway sleepers so pressure treated and the rest to support trains and tracks.  15 to 18 years on and the external sides and tops have gradually weathered and are now showing open grain and growing moss and lichens in the shadier parts.

I would definitely advise belt and braces.

Raised Borders with Sleepers

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 23:35

We had sloping land behind our house levelled and retained with railway sleepers to make a potager with raised beds.   The chap with the bulldozer and the sleeper muscles lined the insidesd of the wall, which is waist height in places, with black plastic sheeting to keep damp soil away from them and extend their lives.

16 years later, still there and doing their job as we intended.




Rambling and climbing......

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:15

Jo, there are now special feeds just for roses, clematis, tomatoes, leafy plants and so on.   The differences are in the ratios of levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.  

N - nitrogen - promotes strong stem and foliage growth

P - phosphorous - roots

K - potassium - plant health, disease resistance, flowers and fruits

 All should contain varying levels of other trace elements such as copper, iron and magnesium and so on.   Try and get to know these and you'll know what to feed your roses.   Failing that, check the RHS advice on feeding roses.

Tree Identification help please

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:23

Same thing then.  That's the trouble with common names isn't it?  Lots of names for one plant and sometimes more than one plant with the same name.

Rambling and climbing......

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:21

Most, but not all ramblers flower just the once on last year's growth so prune out old wood after flowering to keep it neat and in bounds but don't take it all away if you want the hips.  Phyllis Bide and Malvern Hills are repeat flowering ramblers.

Climbers often repeat flower but the older varieties usually don't.   The best thing is to have a look at this advice from the RHS for climbing roses -

and this for rambling roses - 

However, yours seem very short so maybe give them a good mulch this autumn and a good feed next spring and encourage more growth before you think about pruning them to suit their supports.

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