philippa smith2

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climbing plant required to cross large span frame

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:38

I'd agree with Ladybird but watch which one you choose.  The original "Apple Blossom" armandii has much larger leaves and larger flowers than some being sold under the same name. The smaller ones will still do the job but they are not as good IMO.

Jasmines may also be worth considering - I grow one with scented yellow flowers ( sorry not sure which name ) on a clay soil.  Evergreen here and a fast grower in the right conditions.

Perhaps if you say roughly where you are situated, that may help - what does well and stays evergreen in the south UK may not in other areas.

Does anybody know what this plant is please ?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 15:58


Modules v insitu

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:35

Being in the balmy South West doesn't really matter - a clay soil is a clay soil ( which is what I have here in Somerset ).

It is impossible to get a fine tilth for sowing direct - modules work for me from anything to beetroot and turnips to cabbage and salad and beans.

If you are quick enough to regulate your sowing and keep on top of the watering , it's a heck of a lot easier..........IME anyay. 

Unhappy lemon

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:26

Not wishing to be rude but the lady in Wyevale has probably never grown a Citrus in her life.

The Citrus they sell are grown in conditions that the average gardener here is unlikely to be able to emulate......compact because it forces the tree to produce flowers and fruit and therefore sells well. If you think about most growing things, their ultimate aim is to reproduce.  Keep them restricted and what do they think ?  Best get on and reproduce then.

Having said that, there are a number of cultivars available for sale these days but like so many fruit trees described as "Patio" or "Dwarf", you really need to check out the rootstock. They rarely perform as promised.

If you are planning to grow the Citrus outside all year round ( they don't really make good house plants - the atmosphere is usually far too dry for them ), you would deal with them much as the same as any other tree.......pot on every year and use a good soil based compost - JI 3 as an eg.. Frost protection is necessary.

Having had Citrus trees in Spain and France and then growing them in the UK, I can safely say that it is unlikely you will benefit from much of an edible crop here.  However, they will flower and attempt to produce fruit - the scent from the flowers alone are quite often worth the effort.

Buying them from a garden centre when they already have fruit on them is's trying to get them to perform again the following year .......the Garden Centres don't tell you too much about that 

Does that hep at all ?  Despite my rather grumpy comments above, I do like Citrus so hope yours will do well for you.

Bumpy and uneven grass

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 17:51

If you actually want a posh lawn, I'd have thought you would need to sort out your levels first.  Maybe lawn on one level and then drop down to your next level.

Plenty of "Lawn experts" on here so I expect if you wait a while, you will get some good info/advice to give you a starting point


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 17:46

Please,please, please do NOT consider Terrapins for your pond.  These poor benighted creatures suffer enough at our hands along with Tortoises. It doesn't matter whether you can buy them or not - they have no part in the UK environment.  Yes, there are plenty about - from non thinking people who have no idea of how to deal with these animals.

They are not native, will not add to your pond and should not even be considered.

Please think - sorry to rant but this sort of thing should have gone out with the Dark Ages.  Turtles and Terrapins should only be kept by someone who is knowledgeable and is willing to house them properly. They are DEFINITELY not "cute" creatures to amuse you for a few months.

Unhappy lemon

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 17:28

That's a heck of a small pot..........Citrus trees are .......well...........trees.  Give it a bit more room

Forum design update

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 17:25

To ignore the problems from long time users of this Forum does seem to be a retrogade step but if that is the way the Forum wishes to go there is little anyone can say to change it.

It is noticeable that several posters with experience and knowledge to impart are being edged out due to technical problems of one sort or another.

The recent changes have inevitably made the Forum poorer in respect of quality ( tho not quantity) and as a mere 3 year old ( user rather than age I should add ), it is definitely not as user friendly or as enlightening. 

OTOH, Donald Trump could be running the Forum....take your pick

Help me save my Heucheras please!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:25

The dark leaved ones will stand the sun but the yellows tend to wilt and burn in that situation.

They also are much loved by Vine weevils - particularly when grown in pots - the larvae will chew the roots to nothing.  If you can gently tug the plant and it comes away in your hand, it is most likely to be the Vine Weevil.  

Heucheras also have a habit of pushing themselves up out of the soil as they grow - again, more of a problem when grown in pots.

They are easy enough to propagate tho - even with no visible roots remaining so you can usually salvage something from them to grow on again.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:20

Kalanchoes are succulents.....not hardy in the UK and usually grown as houseplants.  You can put them out during the summer months

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