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Growing jasmine

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 12:40

There are two main types of jasmine - nudiflorum which is fully hardy in the UK and flowers in winter - yellow and no scent -  and officinalis which flowers in summer - white and scented - and is hardy except in exposed gardens in the UK.  There are some forms which are less hardy and need a conservatory for winter survival.

You need to get acquainted with the RHS website which has this comprehensive information on jasmine - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=291  Follow the links for more info on particular named plants.

Coastal Perennial Plants

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 10:39

The RHS offers some advice on their site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=472

If you need salt tolerant plants then T&M have a useful ist too - http://www.thompson-morgan.com/plants-for-coastal-gardens 

Plants in pots will need sheltering from prevailing winds as they'll dry out very quickly.   My garden isn't coastal but is exposed and the pots I have out in the windier bits need far more watering than the others.

Picture Postcard Request

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 10:31

Hi DD - glad it's going well.  I posted a packet of them a week ago.  Did they arrive OK - Colchester, Flatford Mill, London and Gembloux.

Covering a shady fence

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 10:25

They'd need watering a great deal and their weight might affect the fence.

Have you considered just painting or staining it a lighter colour?   How much do you actually use the space in front of the fence?  If it's just a walk through I'd concentrate my energies on making the two open ends as attractive as possible and leave the passage as open as possible for easy access.   If you have a window that looks onto it then paint and maybe a plant in a pot or a trompe l'oeuil design.

nettle fertiliser

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 10:19

It's high in nitrogen so leafy plants like salads, spinach, brassicas.   For flowering and fruiting plants you need a comfrey tea.


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 10:16

Punkdoc - make sure the police are informed and also your doctor knows why you are stressed and ill.  Maybe also consult with the Citizens Advice Bureau?

GWRS - will you use you bus pass much?  Our local service doesn't go where I need to go or even when I need to go anywhere so utterly useless.  It assumes we want to go to school or the station so nowhere near bank, post office, shops, services....  Trains are good though, and cheap.

Hosta - I had Hampton Court on TV last night but was distracted by a hamamelis catalogue...   Will watch it again later with my finger on the FF button.

Clari - has the choke button found a home?  What does it belong to?

Pat - mission accomplished?  Early days for i-pad sketching so don't give up.

IKEA - good for cotton bedding and tall storage jars for linguine but I'm never again buying any of their furniture.  

It's a middling sort of day here.  Bits of sun, lots of cloud but dry.  Damp bit of attic now liberated and airing.  I have to spend today gathering plants in pots together for easy watering, packing a holiday bag for the dogs, a holiday kitchen/picnic bag for us and some clothes then do a quick clean round and a pedicure.  OH and I are off to the Vendée for a week.  Possum is working her first proper holiday job so staying here with Pusscat.

I hope it's dry where you all are.   Did that garden sell plants or just lunches and cake?


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:48

Sorry you're having a hard week.   Hope the weekend does you good, and the Pilates.

Our second dog has had to learn about being a dog - Labrador kept cooped up in a terraced house with a teeny courtyard for the first 3 years of his life.  Came to us and knew nothing - how to sit, how to pee, how to sniff, not house trained, doesn't know how to gret other dogs, frightened of anything and anyone new.......  He's learned loads from Rasta but is still a nervous bit of a bozo and so soppy.

None of our cats has ever respected personal space if they wanted a fuss or a cuddle.........

Hope tomorrow is calmer for you so you're not frazzled for the weekend.

Gardening woes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:19

Lena - Clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so yes, feed it to help it recover.  Check the bottom of its pot and if you can see roots, pot it into a bigger one.  Either way, check the compost is slug free and then put the pot up somewhere away from slugs.

Posy - what you need is a dry winter.  We get much colder ones here as a rule than in the UK and we still get slugs.  They just burrow deeper to avoid the frosted layers of soil.

What's wrong with my hydrangea?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:15

Is it thirsty?  They do like a lot of water but don't want to be drowning.

Have you fed it with a high potassium fertiliser that promotes flowers?  That might help.   They don't like high nitrogen feeds.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:09

That's such a shame Liri.   Never understood why people let cats have kittens and don't do their jabs.  I'm sure she's very happy being well looked after.

Hamamelis x int. 'Frederic', Hamamelis 'Rochester', Hamamelis x int. 'Rubin' kalm, Hamamelis x int. 'Vesna' - all perfumed.   Having a bit of a splurge....

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