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Posted: 24/07/2016 at 21:38

Isn't Panda a bit old for guides?   I never made it as far as guides.  Got thrown out of Brownies before my 6 weeks were up for being disruptive cos I didn't want to be a bl**dy Pixie.   Wanted camp fires and sausages.

Mrs G!  What are your doing letting OH loose in your shed?  Ours is definitely my woman shed full of my gardening stuff.

Off to bed now.  Up early tomorrow.  "See" you on Thursday.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 18:53

Pat - Vendée, end of September but 3 day trip tomorrow with a van to take essentials for camping in a couple of weeks while we paint bedrooms and decide what's going where ready for the move.

Joyce - at the rate I'm going I shall need a van for plants but I wanted the bindweed bed cleared so I could put back all the ones I'm not taking that are currently lurking in pots or a nursery bed in the veggie plot.  Some roses, clems, shrubs, hostas and agapanthus in pots, the gunnera I've been nurturing along and loads of hemerocallis, hardy geraniums, geums and hardy perennials I haven't found listed on nursery sites near the new garden and a tray of pots of snowdrops to start me off for a winter garden.  I've got hamamelis on order and there will be more clems cos I haven't found a supplier for those either.

Time to get showered before dinner now.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:47

Great to get an extra butt from ma.

Not only do I suspect they do not know which way is up but they a) plan to bring hens and get more and b) think they can manage without Marie-Christine who comes for 5 hours every other Tuesday and is an absolute treasure.   Both work and they have 4 kids and OH and I spend far more than 2 days a week out there and it's far from perfect.

I have just spent an hour just spraying the dreaded glyphosate on the bind weed ridden bed and the weeds in the old cobbled road. 

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Plant identification

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:39

It will need to be a large pot as clematis are thirsty, hungry plants.  It might just to be easier to stretch wire across between fence posts.  You need one every 12" or so in order to train the stems as horizontally or diagonally as possible as this encourages flowering.  When you do get some flowers, ask us again and then we can maybe work out what it is ad when it should be pruned to get the best out of it.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:31

Bigger water butt if you can't get an outside tap installed?   I have two on the shed round by the greenhouse so I don't have to trail a hose round but then I do have to wander back and forth with a watering can.......

I am enjoying my Sunday thanks but it's hard work and I'm proper mucky now.   Been sorting stuff in the attic and garage, fixing an old cane sofa we're taking to the new house along with some bed frames, mattresses, table, chairs, small fridge and basic kitchen stuff for the new house so we can camp for a few days and get painting done ahead of the final move.

I shall not be coming back to see this garden after I've gone.    New chappy was here with his FIL the other day measuring up to put some security bars on the barn doors and was worried my splendid Kiftsgate rose which is doing a good job now of covering the front of the house might be invasive cos he's had bother with a Virginia creeper on another house.   Couldn't tell it was a rose...............  so I'm taking cuttings and divisions and seeds and a few whole plants as the rules are different here and never looking back when we go.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:10

I have that one too as a backdrop to my hosta bed.   It's great with its spikes against the flatter, rounded hosta foliage but I must look out for that orange one that FG mentioned.

This is such a great thread - lovely to see the borders that BL, Andy and PJ have shown us along with all the close ups of individual flowers.  Some lovely associations in there.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 08:52

Rural central Belgium, 30 miles south of Brussels.   

I cut mine back to about 9" in March then pull away the dead top growth before new growth starts.   It makes for an easy routine to get into.  I then leave the piles for OH to clear to the compost heap as he's no good at pruning and positively dangerous with clems.

He once commented that a montana had finally managed to cover a shed we had in our previous garden - as in, that's taken it's time! - and the poor thing took offence and wilted the next day so he's not allowed near live clems any more.

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Hamamalis for fragrance?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 08:37

I visited a famous hamamelis collection at Kampenhout in Belgium and was impressed with the perfume of Danny which also had coppery coloured flowers so I bought one but he didn't like my garden unfortunately.  

I tried Orange Peel a few years later after some milder winters and it is doing very well and has lovely perfume and flower colour.   Jelena, named after the lady of the couple who bred so many good ones, also has good perfume and yellow flowers.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 08:29

Sorry Richard. I've no idea where the hostas came from.  I meant clematis of course.  

Iamweedy - I have a fabulous EV that gets cut back every March and then covers an arch with ease every year - so much so we took the arch down to make a bigger one for it this spring.   I also treat all my group 2s as group 3s and prune hard in March as all their top growth gets frozen off in a normal winter here.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 08:23

18C and overcast today with a light breeze so feeling fresh.   Rain due at the end of the morning so I still can't go and spray the bindweed patch - all treasures cleared to a nursery bed for quarantine and weeds left to grow and be zapped.

More attic clearing this morning thin and maybe some gardening this pm.

I am also a schlepper with a whole set of cast offs from OH and my own former smarter clothes that do for gardening and DIY and general pottering.   The kaftans are for when I'm clean and ready to snuggle on a sofa with a dog or even an OH to cuddle.   Possum only does snuggles when she's feeling low so not a lot of those about.

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