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Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:39

WO - we checked.  There are no bats roosting in our barn and I've been in touch with the RSPB and had a visit form some Swift experts about how to leave suitable space for birds such as owls and swifts plus inviting swallows and house martins to set up home when the walls are finished.

In the house part, we have sectioned off the corners of the attics at the eaves so birds can nest in peace behind the guttering and now have a colony of sparrows and tits who live there all year round, produce 2 or 3 broods a year and have conferences in the hedges we've planted when they're not hoovering up aphids and caterpillars in my garden.    I have a large pond and try and grow flowers to attract a variety of insects and all that's working well.

Just not with the bats.

Nut, I hope the lurgy clears soon.

 

Splitting 2 Amelanchiers

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:28

Yes.  Their roots are busy working hard pumping sap up the stems for the flowers and foliage to open out.  If you stress them now you risk losing the plants.   Wait till leaf drop in autumn and do it then as the roots will have all winter to recover and regrow to support new flowers and foliage next spring.

Frost damaged Hebe

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:25

Not yet.   Be patient.   Keep them sheltered form strong winds and give them till June so you can see where any new growth starts and then prune back to that.   You could give them a drink of liquid rose, tomato or seaweed to boost them and you could also try a tonic of one soluble aspirin in a pint of water as this can boost sickly plants.

Planting clematis - distance?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:14

I often plant two group 2s or group 3s together on trellis or obelsiks to get a contrast of colour and flower shape and it works well.    Putting two different pruning groups together would be a pruning nightmare.

For plants to cover just one panel would have to be something like Pagoda - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=529 and Romantika - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=396 but if those don't float your boat, you could use the same website to do further searches for clems that only get too between 2 and 2.5 metres and are both in pruning group 2 or 3.

Whatever you choose, you need to keep on top of training in the new growth to get a maximum horizontal spread across your trellis. 

Montana will get to 7 to 10 metres so needs more scope to grow.

Have fun whichever you choose. 

Planting clematis - distance?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:10

I often plant two group 2s or group 3s together on trellis or obelsiks to get a contrast of colour and flower shape and it works well.    Putting two different pruning groups together would be a pruning nightmare.

For plants to cover just one panel would have to be something like Pagoda - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=529 and Romantika - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=396 but if those don't float your boat, you could use the same website to do further searches for clems that only get too between 2 and 2.5 metres and are both in pruning group 2 or 3.

Whatever you choose, you need to keep on top of training in the new growth to get a maximum horizontal spread across your trellis. 

Have fun. 

can't get to last page help

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 20:10

Another little glitch i've noticed too.

Try going back to the main menu and then click on the green arrow next to the name of the last poster.  That should get you teh last page and then you can work backwards.

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 20:08

See my last para. Variegated ivy or sweet peas, althoughth latter will want deper troughs and good food to keep them going.   

You can reduce weight, and water loss, by using plastic containers which now come in vibrant colours or terracotta look alikes or subtle greys and greens depending on what you fancy.   Use wine corks or polystyrene packaing chips as crocks to help with the drainage and use a 50:50 mix of multi purpose and John Innes no 3 soil based compost to reduce soil weight but maintain feed and drainage and water retention capacity.

Garden Paint?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:15

It may not be of any help to you but comfort yourself with the price or Curpinol on Belgium - €38.50 a tin and limited colour range.  I need to treat a new shed and it looks like OH will be coming back with a boot full when he goes to Kent an a fewweeks' time.

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:00

I would think those are far too narrow and shallow for clematis but you could grow one in 6° to 70cms deep and wide pot.   Clematis are very greedy plants that like a deep root run and plenty of food and water in good quality compost.

Clematis also look pretty drab for 6 months of the year unless you go for an evergreen and they tend to get bigger than the 2m you want.    Why not consider a screen of tall grasses such as miscanthus n big pots?   They'll provide a screen and movement in the breeze and seeds for birds in autumn.  You could add verbena bonariensis to the pots to give small purple flowers that are very attractive to insects such as butterflies and are held on light airy stems.   Bronze fennel would also add contrast and attract insects and be tall enough to provide a screen.

If you do want a climber, think about veriegated ivy which will look good all year or else something like sweet peas traine dup a trellis.  They'll give you flowers and perfume for months but you'd have to plant new ones each year and keep picking the flowers to make them produce more.

 

Garden Patio Ideas

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:49

Me too.  I like my terrace to look like part of the garden and not part of the house that someone forgot to put a roof on.

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