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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:18

Went to visit an NGS garden last week and they had an enormous tree that must have been hit by lightning or something. A huge branch had broken half off so instead of removing it they put a big post opposite, leant the broken branch on the top of the post, making a big square arch, and grew Montana up the dead tree and an Akebia up the post. Looked amazing! 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 14:55
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Addict  - what do you do when you have got them out - ie to get them ready for planting again?  Is my plan of loads of horse muck going to work, or do I need something more??

Yes chicky. Anything and everything to improve the soil. 

Fairygirl I wish you were closer  I would give it a go even if it meant digging to Australia lol. How tall is the stump thats left? Could you grow a short clematis over it? 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:12

Why thank you Verdun  No massive biceps just dogged determination (some would call it obstinacy) and good tools!


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:08

You all seem to know far too much about it!!!!!!! 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:05



Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:59

Thanks WB yes chirrosa. Is this one in a container? You can grow most in a pot...wouldn't try Montana mind... Just make sure it is deep enough. Clematis like a long root run rather than width. I would go for a clematis that repeat flowers. Check out some of these


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:38

LOL MrsGarden you have to post a picture!!!!!!! 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:35

Nora if the stumps are too short to rock as verdun suggested try this way.....Dig about a foot back from the stump in a circle. Any roots you hit that are not too big chop with a saw or a good pair of loppers. Keep going round and round doing this until you can just lift the stump out. Then go back to getting each cut root out. I have managed to get huge stumps out this way much to the surprise of many a male customer who had given up lol! 

Talkback: Aphids

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:28

Mmmmm. Not so sure of using rhubarb leaves this way. Just because they are natural doesn't mean they are safe. They contain oxalic acid. You would have to eat a LOT of leaves for it to kill you but making a decoction of them is making the poison more concentrated. Not surprised it kills the aphids and probably anything else good or bad that lands where you have sprayed. Personally I would not like to eat anything sprayed with this. 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 08:43

Looks like overwatering to me. I suggest you do like Kef said pull it out and look at roots.

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