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Evergreen climbers

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 20:00

I have Clematis, Freckles and Jingle Bells and found them to grow very quickly, didn't do well the first year as they where both in pots but once planted out both covered a trellis that year and are evergreen.

Solanum Glasnevin is semi-evergreen, keeps it's leaves in mild winters and has pretty little lilac coloured flowers. Honey Suckle, Darts World is evergreen.


need to cover a shed wall quickly

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 19:17

Not sure about Ivy but Clemantis cirrhosa - jingle bells is an evergreen, can't remember the name of the other one which I grow, non invasive but has rigorous growth. Flowers at Christmas time or shortly afterwards.   

What Is Going On With Site??

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:54

Just found this thread. Was beginning to think my postings where being ignored and the tiny writing problem was my computer, lets to hope it's sorted soon.    


Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:30

I agree with cod too.

Always thought woodlice were good guys, happy to be wrong.


Plug plants ,How much perlite to add to multi purpose compost ?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:16

Perlite acts similar to vermiculite.

Where as vermiculite is usually spread on the top of seed compost and the first one or two potting up stages, to improve germination and reduce damping off. Perlite mixed in compost retains moisture by improving aeration and drainage. Roots need air to take up nutrients from the compost and perlite assists with this.  

I use perlite mixed with compost for plants in pots instead of the water retaining granules. Whilst you can get by without it, using it does give plants a better growing media and reduces the need to water pots daily in hot weather. I'm very optomistic, me thinks we will get some warmer weather.  

Shop around, it can be expensive. Wilkinsons are probably one of the cheaper places to buy perlite, I purchase mine at a local nursery at a fraction of the cost in the GC.          

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:44

Bought the capillary matting last year on a roll, it's great you can cut it to fit any sized tray.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:32

Started off warm and sunny here.

The lawn got it's first cut and seedlings spent the day in the GH getting heat from the suns rays. By about teatime the sky had clouded over and it's gone very cold again this evening.  

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 01:11

Can feel a spending free coming on...  

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 23:16

Thanks you guy's for the responses, know I'm not the only one having problems now with notifications.  

I tend not to go on line till early evening and seldom go on the long chatty threads as there's usually loads of messages to go through to catch up with the day's events, so wasn't aware other posters were having the same problems. Hopefully they'll be sorted soon.

Buying Plug Plants

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:37

Never bought them online as there are far to many plugs in one batch, even 24 plugs would be too many for my garden, as, I'd want to plant them all out and prefer a wider selection of flowers, so buying plugs on line in bulk is a none starter.

This doesn't answer your Q but if not needing a huge amount of plugs have you thought about locating a local nursery to purchase smaller quantities but a wider variety. One nursery near me allows you to buy as many plugs or as little as you like. Can't remember how much per plug but me thinks it was 25p, which would work out at £6 for 24 plugs and you can purchase 24 different one's. Some plugs are slightly more expensive at 50p, for instance fusia's. 

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