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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:14

The reason for cutting it back is because it flowers on new growth, so you remove the old to force it into making new. You don't actually have to, if left it would still flower, but at the top of the plant. C. Lloyd used to grow two of this type of Clematis together. One he pruned down and one he left. That way he got a tall Clematis with flowers all the way up the plant.

As to timing, it is done in February as that is a cold month, so the plant does not start to grow too early and have the new tender growth damaged. Not that it matters, we often do ours in November, just to keep the garden tidy. Later than February though is leaving it a bit short of time to grow. Though again, I have been know to forget and not prune ours back until the middle of March. It flowered the same as ever, just a bit later.

Veg trig

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:56

If your birds do not come and eat the grubs for you, you can spread the compost out thinly on concrete and then go over it with one of those Flame Gun Weed killing things. Or, if you have a steam paper stripper, that will work too. Sterilises the compost nicely so that it can be used as Dove says.

shrub identity?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 17:44

That's why I put the question mark.

Could well be Prunus pisifera nigra.

shrub identity?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:48


heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 21:15

Does not matter if there is no root, treat the pieces left as you would unrooted cuttings and they often will grow away. I have done this in the past to propagate Heuchera.

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:28

The moles redistribute bulbs all the time in this garden. They (and the moles) seem to survive. If you are going to move them, then the sooner the better, before they really start growing again.

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Posted: 24/09/2014 at 21:07

 Working now!

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 17:52

Mowing uneven grass can be a bit of a problem. However, if you can manage it, then regular cutting of the grass will eventually kill off the weeds (except for Lawn weeds, nothing much kills them).

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:20

Slow and steady is the way to go, that way you do not exhaust yourself and then give up. This is what we bought in 1995

And what it looked like a few years later.

We reckon that we have removed well over 30 tons of rubbish from the land and still have to clean up soil before we plant anything. the moles bring up all sorts of bits of glass, brick and scrap metal.

Above all , enjoy it, don't make it a chore.

mysterious plant in my garden!

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 15:27

Looks suspiciously like Nicandra physalodes, the Shoo Fly  plant

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