Latest posts by Wintersong

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 15:45

I have invested in a turning compost after I discovered a mouse nest some  weeks back in perfect dry conditions with shredded paper for the babies   I've never added kitchen waste of any kind.

They were cute babies but had to go, so I wet the compost thoroughly and left alone for mummy to collect. After that i dismantled immediately and plan to triple my revolving bin once test results are confirmed. It's quite heavy to turn initially (full bin) but after two weeks is swinging as freely as a 70s pop icon 

otherwise you could try a hotbin, should be same safety 

Autumn flowering tall yellow daisies

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 15:32

Warm in Kent too and friable soil, no rain, I've been planting though which always brings the rain 

Choisya White Dazzler

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 21:38

I bought White Dazzler last year 3lt pot, it's not rampant, has shaken off any heavy frost and formed a remarkably rounded shape without expert pruning from me 

Help Identify Palms

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 16:09

Definitely a Chusan and a Yucca, they go long ways on extended trunks quite naturally 

both have the ability to grow enormous, I'm not sure if there are medium sized cultivars but the average UK winter won't kill them.


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 15:38

Was meant to be a mass planting day again today, but I  tidied my shed first thing this morning and then took the rubbish to the dump where the man informed me that I had a flat tire 

Hubby put the spare on for me and phoned ahead to book me in so I spent rest of the afternoon at Take-their-time  Fit,

Good excuse to pop off to the garden centre because I'd rather look at plants than clothes and I found a clematis Amandii for my bare fence. Result!

One fatty changed and home with new climber, in time to pot up a Jurrasic palm that I had hanging around from yesterday 

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 17:13

You have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable,  must be the truth 

my money's on a male squirrel who wants to get laid 

so sorry for your loss 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 16:47

Mass planting day today in warm spring weather. Two clematis, four shrubs and more than a dozen perennials 

achy now but same again tomorrow 

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:40

Aww BL 

tell OH that Friday night is sacred, he can have all the other evenings if you can have GW 

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:06
obelixx wrote (see)

I find that clematis need a couple of years to get their feet settled before they take off.  Sometimes they fail and disappear but most pop up again after a year or two - after I've binned the labels and forgotten what they were!  

I've always planted deep but I'm finding that some clems are just more sensitive to winter cold than others so now I buy them from a pair of brothers who have a nursery about an hour away from here and they advise me on suitable varieties and also label most of their selection with degrees of frost they can take.  I no longer buy any that can't cope with -25C.

As long as they get a good, deep root run I find clematis don't care about being planted in full sun or full shade but they do need to be planted with the aspect that suits them best.  Some like full sun.  Some like shade.   Lots of plants are like that - roses, hardy geraniums, Japanese maples......

You just need to get the right plant for the right place and that's easy with google and forums like this. 



Perfect advice. I dito this as my basic survival guide for clematis (except my winters are milder). I had a single Jackmannii back in the day and now own a lot more. It's a bit of a holic-thing 


Richard Hodson wrote (see)

Hostafan, a good full size viticella clematis, 2 year old in a 2 litre deep pot, ( not the diddy Morrisons stuff ) is best planted 4 to 6 inches deeper than it is in the pot.

Regular hard pruning will encourage more stems to shoot from below ground, these will then produce more flowers, that's what we want.


So glad I'm not the only one who planted most of my clematis deep, regardless of group  mine was simple misunderstanding though, but at least I don't have to dig them all up 


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 15:56

No sun but incredibly warm spring day, got lots of border planting done and split the odd fern/perennial, a bit ad-hoc design wise, but I've tried planning on previous years without much success so we'll see  

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