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Which climber?

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 16:50

I suspect it's too short and smooth to support most climbers like clematis or honeysuckle or roses but variegated ivy would be OK if given a chicken wire support as Dove suggests.  

Alternatively, it would look great surrounded by taller perennials, maybe rudbeckias and helianthus with black cones at the centre to pick up the column colour.   They die down for winter so maybe some spring daffs to extend the season.

Stainless Steel

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 14:17

I have a SS border fork with a wooden handle bought in 1989 for working on heavy Harrow clay.   It is still going strong and works on my current garden of loam on a clay sub soil.   It is in use every week for big and small jobs.

Bought a spade at the same time with a resin handle but that snapped 15 years ago when OH was trying to dig up some stones we found under a new bed.  Its replacement is a cheap SS one from a local garden store and it is fine.

I do clean my tools after use and the SS ones clean up best.  They all hang on hooks and I give the business ends a squirt of WD40 for their winter rest but the last two winters have been mild so they haven't had much of a rest lately.

Long handles are best for backs when digging.  



Posted: 21/10/2015 at 17:21

Great cartoon PF.

In Wallonia there's one called Wierde and another called Silly nad one called Bouge which means move and another called Jambes which means legs.

In Flanders there's one called Erps-Kwerps that always makes me wonder.


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 15:03

There's a village called Spy about 15kms from here.  They found the remains of a Neanderthal man there in 1886 in a cave.

No cyclamen that I know of but I do grow them in my garden.

French people grow French green beans of course, not runner beans!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 19:02

I happened to be in Donegal when the line up was announced.  Lots of excitement on the radio and in the papers about DOD and a mix of promises and exhortations to cross the border and vote and get all friends and rellies in the north to vote for DOD and keep him there to the end.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 14:59

I'm amazed DOD is gone.    I thought the Irish would be voting for him in droves.   

That Paso to U2 was dreadful.   Carol's was much better because the music was proper Paso which needs the musical phrasing to be right for all the stamping and marching and arm waving.   Needs to sort out her hands though.   My daughter finds her constant smiling very irritating.

I know the salsa is danced as a show dance but I didn't see any basic steps or armography in Alyash's choreography.   Thought Anita was amazing again and under marked.   

Loved the classic, elegant, understated slowfox from Kevin and thank goodness Anton went for some more demanding choreography for his very capable partner.    Pity Jay messed up but he did have a very complicated routine so hope he bounces back next week.

Tree spacing

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 22:52

It depends on how much you want them to be proper trees and how much you want them to be more of a hedge.  If the former, then they're way too close together and will grow tall and thin looking for light and the stronger ones will outgrow and swamp the others.  

Did you research the eventual height and width of the trees you've chosen or just plant at regular intervals hoping for the best?    Are they to be allowed to grow their full width into your garden?  What about your neighbours when they spread sideways over fence height? 

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 20:17

I get mine from a local builders' merchant.  There are two thicknesses bu the finer 5 or 6mm are easy for me to bend round a handy railway sleeper.

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 23:19

Oops.  Typo.  40ish clems here.  My Arabella is still flowering but she's a non clinger so you need a handy shrub or decent obelisk rather than a wall. 

My integrifolias have been very poor this year and one has disappeared altogether.  Not sure why as they're in a bed with Hendryetta, Princess Diana, Sunset and Betty Corning which have all had an excellent year.   Betty C is perfumed and has lovely bell flowers that go on a long time. 

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:51

I find Blue Angel is much better than Prince Charles.   Princess Diana is very good and flowers till quite late on.   My caerulea luxurians on a north facing wall still has new flowers coming and I imagine it would love a west wall.  

The trick to getting them to carry on flowering late is, in fact, to dead head regularly, just like with roses but not many people bother.  I haven't this year as they've all been splendid and I have a mix of 430 or so group 2s and 3s about the place but grow them all as group 3s with severe pruning in early spring and a good feed.


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