Sue Higham

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Clematis Montana

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 15:11

I have a (usually very floriferous) clematis montana which is about 8 years old and rambles all over my garden shed but, horror of horrors, it appears to have died!! All the leaf buds are brown and dried.  

Could anyone give me clues as to why, having survived 2 'proper' winters followed by 2 very improper summers, then a longest winter and a hottest summer, it's now given up the ghost after a mild and not particularly wet winter?   

Thanks in advance

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 21:21

18 months on and my Lady of the Woods has (all by herself!) made a majestic recovery from the Marssonina betulae which she fell prey to during the dreadfully wet summer of 2012.  All the new shoots she formed in late summer, immediately after the leaf drop, have contributed to something like 90% leaf cover this year, all spotlessly clean, and she is looking very healthy - and SO beautiful!!  

Incidentally ... to my knowledge there IS such a thing as copper birch.  The weeping variety is particularly beautiful - I only wish I could have found space for it in my garden!

silly quotes

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 23:19

Red sky at night - shepherds' delight

Red sky at morn - shepherds hut's on fire

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:29

Blisters ...

I'm reading this article in a bit of a hurry, will digest it all later in slower time but one of your observations quite leapt out from the page!

With several deaths in Scotland from Legionnares disease attributed to amateur gardeners using compost, it makes me wonder about the overall safety on reduced peat and no peat compost.


Please note - while there have been 6 cases in Scotland associated with compost - there have been NO DEATHS!!!



Glass Cullet

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 10:27

Thanks for replies, folks ... food for thought there!

Glass Cullet

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:58

We have made provision in our new greenhouse to accommodate a heat sink - but so far have been unable to find a source of glass cullet in Scotland.  Has anyone out there been luckier than us?  Would be grateful for any info.  Thanks

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:44

Learn to put your trust in bees.  They are far more intelligent than the majority of humans - they aren't the ones responsible for putting the food source of the world in jeopardy.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:34

Took my daughter for a birthday treat - Monty Don at Edinburgh Fringe. Knew it would hit the spot. What's more honest or essential than your relationship with the soil?  Sore knees? Dirty hands? No fingernails to speak of? Perfect sanity.

Nasty Painful Bites !!

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:52

"I am off walking in the Outer hebrides on Monday"

OH, LUCKY, LUCKY YOU, New Boy2!  After the most memorable experience of my life (after having my babies!) and aboard the Calmac Ferry from Tarbert to Uig I watched the the boat split a pod of porpoises and all around us were the most beautiful Tammienorries ..... Puffins!

Enjoy every moment!! 

... and - Skin So Soft - YES!!! It's the only thing I use and I never travel without it!  The day I got bitten in my own garden I'd forgotten to lather myself with it - stupid!

... and - I've not been getting email notifications either.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:09

Thanks Bob

I needed netting which would allow pollinators in as there were strawberries in the same bed, but now they're finished and due to be moved so, after a thorough underleaf search of the brassicas, I can tighten up my defences against the pigeons which sit in the apple trees ... drooling.  Looking forward to next spring's harvest - I rather fancy pigeon pie with broccoli  

I also strategically placed a tray of left over 'sacrificial' brassicas which seem to have attracted some (at least) of the butterflies attention!  


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