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attaching a trellis

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:57

Battens are excellent as they allow room for air to circulate around the plant and thus reduce diseases such as mildew and climbing plants can more easily twine around, or be attached by twine, to the trellis.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:36

I've just remembered that my clematis Red Ballon was covered in insects when a couple of wildlife chaps came to advise me about nests for swifts and house martins and there were 4 different bees on a single sedum sepcatabile plant.   Being wildlife purists they were surprised as they'd always thought you had to grow native plants such as weeds and wild clematis (old man's beard) to attract insects.

Best and worst

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 17:51

Best is planting new stuff out. 

Worst is weeding out couch grass, creeping buttercup, nettles and bindweed - again and again and again.  There's always some that comes back no matter how careful I am as our garden was pasture for centuries before we started it about 15 years ago so there are seeds and deep roots in abundance.

Hardest is finding time to sit and enjoy it without spotting something that needs attention.............;

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 17:46

My cavolo nero and purple sprouting all froze to a mush weeks ago.   No edible veggies left in the garden but I still have one or two pumpkins left in the garage and some frozen chillies and blackcurrants along with jars of rhubarb chutney and spiced blackcurrant jelly.

I made James Martin's Butternut squash and Lime soup yesterday and will be using a chilli or two in a fish curry this evening.   Might treat OH to a blackcurrant crumble.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 16:05

Sorry, meant more pollen, not more nectar.  Typing slip.

Heated Bench

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 16:01

I have a heated propagator which isn't yet in service this spring as we have moved our greenhouse from the back of the housewhere it had a ready water and electricity supply to the front of teh side garden where it will get full sun and, in theory, give better crops of tomatoes.    i'll use the propagator later on for cuttings and seeds needing bottom heat.

Meanwhile I have tomato and chilli seeds germinating with the help of radiators indoors and other seeds sown in trays which are dispersed on various sunny windo sills.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 15:16

Clematis don't produce nectar so any insects visiting are there for the pollen.   i'd go for one with small, open flowers rather than the big flowered hybrids as you'll get more flowers per plant and thus more nectar.   Other than that, select a colour and habit you like and which suits the situation - aspect, amoiunt of sun etc. 

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:50

You'll be more likely to find it in here - using the search facility.   You can enter "evergreen" in the text box and then work your way through the list to see if you can find yours.  Most have pictures of the flowers and some show the foliage.   Flowering time is given and pruning group in most cases.  

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:08

Of the ones that are easily avaialable, it could be armandii Apple Blossom which flowers from March to May.  If it is, it can get very big - 5 to 7 metres - so needs rather more growing space than you have allowed.   It is a group 1 which means prune after flwoering finishes to keep it in bounds and renew flowering vigour.

It may also be Green Velvet which does flower later but is also a group 1 for pruning purposes.

Beachgrove Garden

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:54

I liked Lesley too, especially her pash for purple.  Her easy guide to design solutions was fun too.  In fact it's all fun, as gardening should be, but serious too with trials and comparisons and visits and methods for all.

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