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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:00 pm    Post subject: What climber? Reply with quote

Having just added an ugly compost bin to our garden I'd like to screen it using a trellis and suitable climber.
So what climber should I look for?
Soil is clay and therefore not fast draining and trellis would be east facing.
It would be nice to have something that flowers and/or evergreen to maintain a year round screen. That said I have inherited my late fathers love of Clematis so would one thrive here and if so which one?
I'm open to all suggestions, I've considered a honeysuckle but again the soil we have may make it unsuitable.

Thanks in advance[/b]

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go for honeysuckle over Clematis in that situation IrishStew, otherwise you may be 100 before the Clematis flowers well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about virginia creeper. Its an evergreen and the leaves turn red in autumn.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

virginian creeper is not an evergreen here in Cork.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for your replies and comments. Looks like a Honeysuckle is my best bet.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not evergreen up here in Donegal either Smile

The honeysuckle sounds good, it helped cover up a bright red oil tank we have in the garden, you could see it a mile away when it was first put in apparently.....don't be tempted with the Mile a minute plant....(Persicaria perfoliata, formerly Polygonum perfoliatum) you would end up beating it off with a stick as it came into the house...



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Inishindie
I presume you can prune them back if they get too vigorous yes?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:31 pm    Post subject: Large leaf virginia creeper Reply with quote

By the way does anyone know where I could buy large leaf virginia creeper? I've been to loads of garden centres and they all do the small leaf variety.
Any round Donegal inishindie?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a really big garden centre close down recently in Derry...Ness Nursery, bit of a bargain if someone wanted to reopen it maybe:) The place around here is Willowhill nursery
http://www.willowhillgardencentre.com/index.html

There are a couple of smaller outlets too...I'll ask around

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks inishindie, I'll check them out.
I'm definitely not interested in running another business, concentrating on setting up my ved box scheme at the moment!
A friend of mine has a lovely wall covered with virginia creeper might try to get some clipping in the Autumn.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds great, about the veg boxes and the virginia creeper.

The cuttings take quite easily from the semi hardwood slips I found. I heard yesterday that the garden centre was bought as a compulsory purchase by the council for a by road pass. The by pass idea fell through apparently so it'll be interesting to see what happens. Their landscape design company is still going though
http://www.nesslandscapes.co.uk/home.html
Let us know when the veg boxes are ready Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes! I know that garden centre now. That could be a great buy for someone with money to invest.

I hope to get the box scheme up and running in the next two months, I might even start a thread on this site when I'm started. It would be interesting to know how many box schemes there are in Ireland. They're relatively scare which is a shame and people don't always support them. The supermarket veg can be very poor quality and my big idea is that every town and village in Ireland should have a box scheme run by local growers and supported by the community. The benefits for everyone are huge: local, fresh seasonal veg and local employment rather than money grabbing supermarkets. Superquin seem ok but tesco etc are ripping the heart from farmers in the north away - I've heard some shocking stories.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff... You'll have to let us know when it's up and running...

I was going to show you our local box scheme...NW Organics. They are still going strong with the markets but it looks like their delivery service has finished....
http://www.nworganic.com/home Hopefully they will be back soon, like Ness.... Looks a bit grim in the North West doesn't it?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a shame the delivery service no longer exists. I will give them a ring for some feedback.
Times are very tough and getting tougher, we will all have to accept that. Our government(s) operates in a high growth, high lending, profit driven system. All those areas are slowing down and we now need a sustainable way of life, but first we have to get rid of debt!!
I'm on a rant.... sorry about that!
I'm keep you post on the box scheme.
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