thecatsmother


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Who pays for Things

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 21:34

I just think they waste so much money in destroying things on Top Gear at least the gardening programmes are creating things. The look on Steve Redgrave's face when he saw what the Top Gear people had done to his garden on one of their specials said it all...

Rhododendron

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:46

Do it! When we moved house last June I had a large holly in the new front  garden which I really disliked. It dominated, and blocked a lot of light to our living room. I got a tree suregon in to take it out in January.

We are so pleased we took it out. It's really opened up the front garden, revealled a previously-hidden path and various other overshadowed plants,  and made the living room much lighter.

In its place I've put an obelisk made by father-in-law, and am growing morning glory and sweet peas up it this year. Will decide on a shrub to go there in the next year or so, but will be a 3-4ft high one, not a 20ft thing

before (the ivy is the big blobby thing behind the acer in the foreground)


 

after (you can see where it overshadowed the grass which has died, and also the path)


 

 

flowering climber suggestions please

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:44

Ooh what clematis is that Nicky Nicky? It's a lovely colour and actually as I am planning on thinning out the ivy and replacing some of it with a vinca for groundcover, then a clematis would sort of echo the vinca in bigger form up the stump and along the branches?

Any other suggestions for flower-heavy clematis that will wrap nicely around these branches?

another ID please!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:34

ooh where are you Lyn? We're about 5 miles east of Exeter, near Woodbury Common. We regularly go to Dartmoor (our horse is kept at a place between Moretonhampstead and North Bovey)

another ID please!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 11:24
Thanks! I'm not averse to hard pruning so it'll have to like or lump it as it needs to stay approx 4ft high/wide Eden website says hard pruning works for them and gives lots of flowers, and mine is flowering after it was cut back last summer (was blocking the gate) so fingers crossed I can keep it small and flowering!

another ID please!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:41

These flower things on this woody shrub, about 4 ft tall, have been like this for a couple of weeks. Thought they were going to open out into some fuschia-type thing but perhaps not? And the leaves are not like the fuschia's I've seen. Very thick and leathery.


 


 

flowering climber suggestions please

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:29

The stump in question!

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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


 

Hmm, did I say beautiful?!

 


Yes, beautiful!


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

 


 

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