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flowering climber suggestions please

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:22
In our front garden the border to the road is formed by various mature plants. I have just pruned back an overgrown weigela and pulled away lots of ivy (I don't like ivy) and uncovered a thick dead trunk/stump which I had thought was the weigela but is not. It's too entwined with other things to remove, and also looks quite nice structurally. It's about 3-4 ft tall but branches spread about 10ft wide. I'd like to plant a climber to clamber over it. I'd like the climber to flower about now (or some time between late May and August), as the other plants (weigela, kerria japonica) have finished so some colour now-ish would look good. The front garden has a Japanese feel, with acer, tamarisk, tree peony, anemones but not worried about being too "authentic". The border faces west and is pretty sheltered from wind. cool roots (eg for clematis) would be no problem with ivy covering the floor area. So, any suggestions for an attractive, not-thuggish, flower-heavy, flowering-now/soon climber?

uploading images

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 22:25

yes that;'s it Salinero, just changed my settings to basic and the editing box has gawn. So just change your forum editor settings to advanced and you will see what we have all been blathering on about!

 

Flumoxed most of us cos advanced was certainly the default when I joined, so I wasn't even aware it could be changed!

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:45

A beautiful red damsel fly on our pond

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Hmm, did I say beautiful?!

 

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Yes, beautiful!

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 And a blue one came along to flirt with the red one too

 

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

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:31

yup you got it scroggin

is this one a bit easier star gaze lily

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

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:55

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46837.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 a froggy scene from my pond last month - can you spot all 4 frogs?

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 21:24

Just watching Monday night's Chelsea prog and she had a clematis armandii. It's definitely not that, the leaves are different. Looking hopeful for lonicera henryi

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 21:15

Thanks for your thoughts, everyone. Re plant 4 pics, it's all one plant - think the stems at the front are just too knackered to entwine . It's rampant - about 10ft high and was coming into the garden 6ft from the fence (and similar am ount into neighbour's garden over the fence). Looking at images of lonicera henryi I can definitely see the likeness of the flower buds. Will post back if/when it flowers!

Photinia or viburnum tinus, again I guess it's the flowers that will tell, as the google images look remarkably similar!

Any thoughts on whether, with a lack of any flowers, now is a good time to prune back the choisya?

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:21

Thanks . We moved here at the start of last June and the clematis has never had any flowers on it in a complete year . But it was monstrously overgrown/overhanging and thecatsfather hacked it back to regain some of the garden, so perhaps that is what has prompted the possible buds on the new growth? Would be nice if it does flower, and if hacking back rejuvenates it, as we need to do the second half this year!

The choisya also has never flowered (though it has been in shade of brambles etc which are now gone). Pruning advice says to do it after flowering in May, so as it shows no sign of immiment flowers, shall I just go for it now? It's very leggy with long woody stems with a few leaves on the ends (reaching for the light, presumably)

 

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:51

plant one, tall shrub/hedging, currently just in flower/going over

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plant 2 - this is fresh growth as it was hacked back last autumn.Currently approx 6ft tall, was bigger (neglected)

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plant 3 - possibly a pieris? Ideas on variety?

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plant 4 (2 pics). Huuuge sprawling thing. Stems seem to entwine and twist and wrap to climb. May be about to flower, looking at new growth ends?

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ANy suggestions gratefully received!

 

 

Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 18:17

Alan T doesn't so much "love" the gardens as have a one night stand with them . May give a brief thrill, but an ongoing relationship is much more rewarding 

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