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Clematis for Windy Area

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:50

My garden is very exposed to winds from all directions.    I find Ciccolina, Etoile Violette, Red Balon and Red Robin do best in the most exposed bits and their flowers don't fade in strong sun.   You should also be fine with alba luxurians and caerulea luxurians.  If you have a lot of wall to cover, try Huldine.

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:26

I like seasonal asparagus too but to get the green stuff, it has to be Spanish as the Belgians like the fat blanched white stuff and I don't.  I don't buy it from further away than Spain.  I did try growing my own but it struggled with winteres here and was toatally wiped out in Jan and Feb 2009.

I watched the allotment challenge with my non gardening daughter last night.  It was very dull this week and I was sorry to see the couple leaving as they at least tried unusual veg.   Their creamy eggplant was so much more attractive than those fat purple aubergines.   I can't see real gardeners and allotmenteers being indoors enough to enjoy a topiary stle flower arrangement of sunflowers so what's the point of that challenge?   A simple jug of sweet peas or almost anything else is so much more attractive.

Shady veg patch

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:16

Kale, salads and Chinese greens should be fine too.

Anyone know what could be causing this?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:15

I think you should explain your problem directly to the team at David Austin.  I have found them very helpful in the past in advising me on roses hardy enough for my garden.

 

 

What to do after daffs?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:13

Matt's right.  Bulb foliage should never be tied up but left to do its job of replenishing the bulb's energy to make next year's flowers.  

You could plant permanent ground cover to disguise the dying daff foliage.   Hardy geraniums - various flower colours, leaf forms and sizes available, geums, alchemilla mollis are all easy to grow and maintain but you'll need to cut the flowers off the alchemilla to stop it self seeding all over the place.

dafodil leaves

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 23:23

Too congested?  In which case lift, divide and replant.    If new, planted too late?  If older, maybe leaves not left on long enough to feed the plant after last year's flowering?

Beechgrove

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:26

The Beechgrove garden is like Geoff H's was when he was at the helm of GW - lots of different plots designed in different ways but mostly about the size of an average urban plot so he could feature different plants and designs in both context and scale to which ordinary gardeners can relate.  

I like all the experimenting with plants an dplanting conditions and tecniques and composts, open ground, raised beds, plytunnles and greenhouses.  They have relevance for  a wide range of gardeners, gardens and micro climates.

They pack in a great deal of info on a wide range of topics yet never seem hirried or superficial and the addition of Chris beardshaw to the team is inspired whetehr he's at Beechrove or helping new build gardeners.

 

 

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What can i plant

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:56

You would do better to scrape off the existing soil from the concrete and stand another large 60cm or larger pot on it,    You can use gravel to hide the remaining concrete.  A big pot can hold anything from a  shrub or a rose to a columnar fruit tree depending on how much sun it gets.  

Is my wisteria going to strangle my tree?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:13

Wisteria can be kept under control in terms of growth and direction of growth and judicious pruning in July and January will increase the display of flowers.   See here - http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=242

To make a new plant you're probably best off layering but you could also try softwood cuttings from late spring to mid summer or hardwood cuttings in winter.  Scroll down here for info on propagation - http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=173

I also think that left to its own devices your wisteria will end up strangling your magnolia so ask yourself how long you plan to live there, how much it would cost to remove a damaged magnolia and the comparative costs of relocating or removing your wisteria and planting a new one.

 

dafodil leaves

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:59

All harsdy perennials are putting on masses of growth now and some already flowering so surround you daffodils with a mix of what you like and leave your daffodil foliage to die down naturally.  As Hostafan says, they need the leaves to make the energy stores for next year's flowers so don't trim them or tie them, just disguise them.

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