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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:12 pm    Post subject: Climbers for wall Reply with quote

I have a new wall between myself and my neighbour and would like to train some climbers up the wall......what would people suggest that would add some colour over the year?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How high is the wall, what way does it face, what is it made of/finished with, what is the soil like?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wall is about 5 to 6 feet high

South facing with only a small part of it under shade

When I say wall I actually mean that it is a concrete panelled fence.....so it's that type of finish

Soil in the garden is a heavy clay, although along this boundary is more of a light clay......
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as you supply some support (wires or stout trellis on battens) you have lots of options.
Roses do well in a clay soil, so do clematis and you can grow one through the other. It sounds like this wall is in a prominent position so it would be good to go for plants that have several seasons of interest (foliage, flowers, scent, fruit/seed heads, stems). Watch that you choose plants of a suitable vigour for the height of the wall - you don't want a very vigorous climber on something only six feet high.
Stefan Buckaski had a very good book on climbers some years ago, with lots of ideas, if you can locate a copy.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He didnt ask Stefan Buckaski he asked us, i would suggest Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica an early flowering one then maybe C. macropetala. and C. armandaii then you have three different one each flowering at different times.
A Solanum crispum "Glasnevin" can be trained to grow on wires. Apples can be trained on a wall.
Something unusual like Aristolochia macrophylla, Tropaeolum tuberosum var. lineamaculatum.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe Keeks hasn't heard of Stefan Buckaski in order to ask him, but it might be a good source of reference for his current and future plans. All knowledge is good.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never heard of Stefan Buckaski and i googled him and they never heard of him either. If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears, does it make a sound? If someone writes a book but no one buys it, does it make that person an author?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stefan Buczacki, good guys spelling is as good as his maths!
I heard that tree fall. Mr Buczacki is Britain's second most prolific author of gardening books. Surprised you haven't heard of him what with all your horticultural expertise.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All my experience comes from hard graft and mistakes not books.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I had formed the opinion that you were trained in horticultural matters given your numerous informed comments and your job is, I believe, of a horticultural nature too. You also, at some stage, stated that you had access to the largest horticultural library in the country.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All good idea...thanks guy.

I like Greenages idea of the differ me flower times. That is what I am looking for is to have colour for longer and climbers that will intermingle and give me that range of colours over a long period.

I'll see if I can pick up that book somewhere, but don't think the local library has it available.....but we'll see
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazon sell that book.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speling is a prity arbitrary construct, espeshly if yu rite Inglish. But as long as the sence is kleer.....
I woz gessing the gud Stefan's name, being to lazy to get up and fynd the buk.
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