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Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:33

Just hooked up with this thread.

Taylors is an excellent supplier.  First class clematis, perfectly packed and delivered by 24 hour courier 

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:31

Not off hand Supernoodle but are there any wisley print outs or booklets? 

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 20:14

I have an espalier pear.  I did mine from a maiden tree.

You need to train a pair of branches every year and tie them to horizontal support wires. You allow a leading shoot and two side shoots to develop and then these side branches are pulled  down to horizontal near the end of summer.

This process is repeated every year until the desired number of horizontal branches ...usually 3 or 4 reached.  

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 20:02

Sounds good djjjuk. 

red robin and lavender

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:55

Red robin will not do well in a trough.  

How about a camelia? evergreens lovely evergreen with spring flowers but needs to be planted where it does not get the morning sun.  

Lavendars would grow there in those troughs but these need plenty of sun.

Getting rid of it

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:47

Paint the oxalis with round up gel Christine.


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:41

Hiya KEF.  Thoughts are with you.  Life does get difficult at times 

Watering in fertiliser on lawn now.  Beautiful sunny and warm evening.

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:25

Jesse, hiya.

Did you enrich the soil or just plant there?  Just dig a hole and push in the plant?  It just isnt enough.

The old saying is pay as much for the hole as for the plant.  This means digging out a generous hole and mixing plenty  of compost,,dried car manure, etc with the soil before filling back again.  Plus a couple of good handsful of organic fertiliser.  Amd then water very well.

In addition for shrubs and trees I would add a mycorrhizal granules to the base of the hole before planting. This encourages better rooting.

Last week a well as being my cousin .....planted a griselinia hedge.   He did so digging small holes in poor soil. Together we dug them up and added compost, dried manure amd fertiliser and dug generous holes.  His plants will grow much, much better because of it.

Just noticed your plants seem close to that fence.  I would plant a little further away

Raspnerries are only just shooting anyway.  Don't be too disappointed just yet because they probably will be fine.  Extra nutrition too for raspberries.....perhaps you could scrape back some soil and add a mulch of,compost!  .  

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:13

Bought veg seeds from poundstretcher once but they were poor.  I only now buy well known brands of seeds.

Have bought lily bulbs from these places and they grew but were small and not the best quality, even now when mature. For sundries.....string, bean nets, pellets,,etc., and for many other producs poundland, etc., are excellent value. 

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:47

Good,thinking djjjuk. To add plants for seasonal interest as the season progresses.  Re asters Frikartii Monch and Little Carlow are musts for me. 

I do not generally add annuals now to the perennial garden...except the following.  They look odd and better in containers or in beds dedicated to them.  Having said that annuals like cosmos, argyranthemums, etc,make a nice show if grown in threes.  They then look like perennials ESP if grown on well before planting out.....I grow them on in 2 or 3 litre pots,,having pinched them out a couple of times, so that the large plants make an immediate impact.  Dahlias too, if grown on this way, will make individual splashes of colour from robust big plants.  

Too many annuals squashed in impinge on the perennials' growth rate I think.  And they can look " bitty" ESP if on the small side

Exciting though, eh Djjjuk?  

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