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clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:33

That's lovely! Any more recommendations from anyone else?


clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 21:53

Hi, I recently cut back an overgrown/twiggy honeysuckle and put a trellis in to cover the gappy fence. I cut the honeysuckle down to the ground and hoped it would grow nice and fresh from the bottom. It did, and looked lovely for a few weeks, before suddenly going all twiggy again, with the only green bits being over the top of the trellis, hanging out of the garden and unseen. So I've cut it back again and am goping to replace it with a clematis.

I'd like recommendations for a suitable one please! It's a west-facing spot, pretty sheltered. The trellis is about 4ft high by 6ft wide, so I'd like a small/slow growing clematis which can be trained in to the trellis and will deliver lots of bang for its buck in terms of flowers over what is quite a small area.

Over to you!

Kids,dogs and gardens

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 23:19

You may notice rather a lot of  seemingly randomly-placed plant supports in this bed (below). They were placed there after I ended up replanting the same geranium and hebe 3 times, after the new puppy decided he would like to "help" in the garden  Now every planting out is defended with sharp objects, and I keep a close eye on him (he can be very stealthy when he wants to be though!).

He also sneaks up and grabs the empty plant pots when I plant things out, and gallivants around the garden with them on his nose
And he's fallen in the pond 3 times to date, so the poor frogs aren't too keen on him either!



another few ID's please!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:37

That was quick! Thanks

another few ID's please!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:24

Not from my garden this time, but from a NT property I visited today. So perhaps a bit more exotic?







Any help appreciated




Looking for an unusual sized shed - 3ft x 4ft

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:12

When we were looking for an unusual-sized shed we got a quote from this place they were really helpful and their prices were reasonable (and we went in person as they are local, so saw some of the sheds built and they looked very good quality)

too many plums?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 00:33

I made blackberry and plum vodka last year - made quite a few bottles and gave it away for xmas presents. It went down very well

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:08

And start researching recipes

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:08

OK I will shake my plums within the next few weeks

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:39

This is a typical view on our plum tree - not sure whether to be or at there being soooo many. Should I be thinning them out? And if so, how/when? n.b. last year (our first year here) there wasn't such a good crop as it was so dry and the garden had been untended. I pruned in the summer and obviously this spring has been better for fruit formation. But perhaps too good?


Discussions started by thecatsmother

Plant ID please

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Gardeners' Logic???

propagating magic :) 
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another ID please!

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major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

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dicentra silly mistake

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clematis recommendation please

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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 23:38

another few ID's please!

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too many plums?

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cerinthe seeds, when to gather

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another ID please!

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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 11:53

another ID please!

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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 18:18

flowering climber suggestions please

to cover a stump 
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damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 16:16

Where's Froggy? 4 frogs, can you spot them all?

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Last Post: 24/05/2014 at 21:40

couple of plants for ID please!

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