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laylandi hedge

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 16:21

The good news is that you will have mor elight and air and rain in your garden which will help the soil and there will be no monsters sucking all the goodness out of the soil.  Think of it as a blessing and erect a fence using wooden panels up to 1m80 high or a wire mesh fence depending on budget and taste.  

I would grow different climbers for variety of leaf and flower as well as seasonal colour and perfume and to provide more interest for wildlife - nectar, berries, hips, shelter.

Have a look at repeat flowering climbing and rambling roses - not all repeat so do check?  See David Austin, Peter Beales and Harkness websites for starters.  

There are also hundreds of clematis available - some evergreen, some perfumed and with flowering times and rates of vigour to suit most gardens plus a wide range of flower colour and form.  This nursery specialises in clems - http://www.hawthornes-nursery.co.uk/ and the owner sometimes posts on here and is happy to advise.  See also Taylor's and Thorncroft.

Honeysuckle give perfume and come in creams, yellows and pinky purple.  Not all are perfumed so research first.  Try the RHS website for varieties and cultivation requirements. 

If you do go for a wooden panel fence, you'll need to string tensioned wire between the posts to support climbers - 12" intervals will do the trick and you'll end up with a wonderful feature.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:50

It's my Belgian dance friends who are going, not me.

No UK trips on the agenda ta the mo.   Our plans are for exploring our new surroundings.  There appears to be a shortage of gardens unless we go up to the Loire chateau belt but plenty of villages and small towns and markets and beaches to keep us going for a while before the tourist season starts and makes beaches impossible.

Frozen containers :-/

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:47

Terracotta is not at all frost friendly, even when it claims to be so I always put a couple of coats of clear acrylic varnish on before planting and then stand them on pot feet for added drainage.   This reduces water absorption and thus freeze/thaw damage.

As advised above, leave the pots to thaw normally and then maybe wrap the pots, not the roses, in bubble wrap.  Leave the roses alone too as the ends of stems can then take any frost damage and protect the basic structure.  You then prune out the dead, damaged or spindly stems in March, feed and watch it grow and produce flowers.

Hydrangea with Purple Leaves - Help!

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:36

It's seasonal behaviour.  The leaves change colour and then drop for winter.

New leaves next spring.

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:35

Sambucus Black Lace has much more frilly dissected leaves but the principal is as Dove says.  New foliage next spring.

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 12:05

B3 - it was an Indian/Malay couple celebrating a son's birthday.   They like their colours.   I couldn't wait for the rain to wash it all off.

Chloe - I used to dislike muscaris too until I saw it planted as streams and rivers at Keukenhof and then it is glorious - whilst in flower.  Probably a mess afterwards.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:55

GD - I have OH busy outside too.   Yesterday we bought 16 x 70 litre bags of compost on half price offer so this morning he's forked over the bed under the albizzia and spread compost ready for me to plant bulbs and treasures we brought with us.  He has cleverly spread all 16 bags in that one bed so is now forking over a smaller bed round a hibiscus we've rescued from smothering by honeysuckle so he can barrow some over there.

Luckily we had already planned to go and get more compost for other beds and future veggie plot as our new bins won't produce anything like enough anything like fast enough.

After walkies with the dogs I shall be out there planting and having fun.

Christmas decorations

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:47

OH's birthday is the 7th of December so I tend not to think Xmas till afterwards.   When Possum was small he liked to have the Xmas tree up in time for St Nicolas on the 6th (big event in Belgium with main prezzies for kids) but really he's a soppy git and wanted it for his birthday.

We usually do lots of lights and candles indoors, a tree and the cards.  Outside was plain white lights and stars strung across the front of the house and not blinking.

This year we have yet to find a source of Xmas trees as we've only seen them in one place so far but then we haven't been looking.  I think it's asking for trouble having a tree and  kittens.  Bad enough with just Bonzo's waggy tail smashing baubles without having small felines hanging from the branches.  If we light the log burner the tree will faint from the heat.  Lots to think about.

Whatever, it all comes down on 12th night.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:09

Lovely sunny day here but I've missed most of the morning catching up on sleep.   Cosmos played for 3 hours after we went to bed and then I woke up before dawn feeling too hot - kitten wrapped round my neck..  OH sleeps through it and didn't even notice his bedside lamp toppling onto his pillow. Minstrel is much quieter but did explore beyond the stair barrier yesterday evening and found herself being inspected by two very curious dogs.   Oops.  BIt too soon   Both kitties are now exploring the living room and all those doggy smells while OH forks over the bed under the albizzia with help from the dogs.

We bought 16 70 litre bags of multi-purpose compost yesterday (on offer).  I decided to check too late and yes - all 16 tipped out on that bed.   He'll barrow some of it to the hibiscus bed we're also rescuing but really!   Still, the plants should love it.    That's me on planting bubs and treasures this pm then.

Flowers - good luck with the op.  You'll get restless with all the enforced rest but be patient and take the time to heal well.  Stock up on books, TV recordings, hand crafts and so on.

Busy, do you put those lacy things on the horses' heads in summer to keep the flies out of their eyes?

Was chatting a few months ago to a couple of retired dance friends with fierce intellects and curiosity and they were astonished to learn that the major museums are free in teh UK.  Now planning a trip to do London - British, V&A, Natural HIstory, Design, Tate etc - museum overload for me.  I have to plan trips to spend a couple of hours targeted on specific exhibits or paintings and then I appreciate without being saturated.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 18:38

The cathedrals are not national monuments paid for by public funding from taxes tho I dare say they get some, somewhere.  I like to visit churches and cathedrals because they show the product of the labour and skills and management and ambitions of the people who built them.   I love the architecture and stone work and stained glass and wood carving but have to admit most of the painted art leaves me cold.

Even so, £20 is too steep.

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