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Suitable rose / clematis combination for trellis arch

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 16:14

It depends on which way your arch faces and how much sun it will get.   Some clematis like more sun than others which prefer dappled shade or else fade if in too bright sunlight at the height of summer.

A climber is usually stiffer and less biddable than a rambler when it comes to winding up and over an arch and most ramblers are once flowering but some aren't.   The one you have chosen is a repeat flowerer and should be lovely.

The only thing word of warning I would say about Etoile Violette is that the one I had, and the one I knew in a friend's garden, became more and more vigorous with each successive year.   Mine had a 100cm deep arch and 2.5m high arch to scramble up and covered it completely then headed down the other side to meet Little Nell who was much more restrained.   The first year I had about 5 stems appear form the roots.  Last spring there must have been 50 new stems.............  I expect t plant another here in this garden as it is a very good doer but I shall give it trellis fence and room to spread.

You might want to consider Rahvarinne or Star of India or Jackmanii or Gipsy Queen to get a similar deep purple without the swamping effect.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 15:20

While Rasta was being trimmed I pruned some excess branches from an as yet unidentified multi-stemmed large shrub/small tree and then tackled the first of two wisterias which is sending shoots under the roof of the garage.  Then Bonzo came with me to fetch Rasta so he could have his dew claws trimmed.  Lovely.

Then off on a rusty shelf hunt where I also found a pine cupboard with hanging space and shelves and some pretty carved decoration on the doors.   Need to go and fetch that with OH and a roof rack as it wouldn't fit in the back of Sally.   Came home to find OH just back form golf and clearing branches away.  Mutter mutter rust.   Mega mutter what--do-we-need-a-cupboard for?   Stoopid buy!  To stop him moaning about teh sliding doors on the built in cupboard where I shall now house the vacuum cleaner and the steam machine to save him form struggling with sliders.

Went to cuddle Rasta and Oh Horrors.  They've put sparkly nail varnish on her toe nails!

I need a coffee.

Last edited: 14 February 2017 15:21:07

pet companions

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 15:10

They've put sparkly nail varnish on her toe nails!!!

Rasta is not that dog.  She's a tomboy with maternal instincts for kittens.

Last edited: 14 February 2017 15:11:29

Caterpillar Host Plants?

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 10:28

Funnily enough I have been looking this sort of thing up for my garden and found this - http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/allyearround/butterfly-larder.aspx    Hope it helps.

pet companions

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 10:25

No, she goes every 2 months on average but missed in January cos the hairdresser here didn't have her new year diary yet when we went in November and then it was cold so I put it off.

We adopetd her 9 years ago aged 11 months and very hairy with a  nearly 3" thick pelt of matter felt topped with dreadlocks.  Looked like a sheepskin when it was shaved off and we found 10 kilos of skin and bone underneath.  She's 17kilos now and a bit plump but, after starving early on, she is not about to go on a diet.


Bad knees

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 10:18

I think you would do well to find a local organisation that has older volunteers or patients working in their garden - RHS, National Trust, Care homes etc - and spend a day observing how they work and asking questions.

For many people, getting down isn't the main problem.  It's getting up again that's hard.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 09:22

Good morning.  7C this morning at 8am and 15C expected once the fog clears.  We had a whole 5.5mm of rain yesterday evening and it's made for a misty start.

Kittens are out to play again and Rasta is at the hairdresser's having a serious trim.    Hope she beahves.  She has a skin infection along her neck from scratching an insect bite so is a bit sore but needs must.   I hid her meds in kitten food and she wolfed the lot.  Normally she's a PITA at taking meds.

I shall go and do some lopping whilst supervising kittens.  OH is playing golf so will have a lovely pile of branches to stuff in his new chipper.    We don't do Valentine's here but,  I may just go and treat myself to a rusty shelf rack/plant display thingy I've spotted in a Troc.

Have agood day everyone whatever you're doing.

Last edited: 14 February 2017 09:23:02

pet companions

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 09:14

Good news Logan.   

Kittens are out to play again.  They had their first adventure on Saturday with Cosmos, for once, being the cautious one before running around scatting with Minstrel and then finding he didn't have tree technique and needed rescuing.  He's been practising since.

Rasta has been in woolly bear mode for a month but is at the hairdresser today having a serious trim.    15C forecast this afternoon so she won't need her jumper. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 20:21

I found one teeny white crocus in flower today and a Japanese quince shrub and the mimosa trees.  Rosemary flowers are budding already and other bulbs are poking up their noses.

Unfortunately, the last week or so of cold weather and strong winds have ravaged my pansies in pots.   I thought pansies would be OK here.

Lovely hellebore.    Still only seen very ordinary cream ones here for outlandish prices so I shall stay helleboreless if I can't find some seeds.

Potting compost

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 20:08

Glad it helped.

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