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Why does my clematis do this?

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 13:45


I love my clematis Crystal Fountain, bought three years ago - but it is still producing a mass of lovely blooms near the ground, with just one or two five foot ascending stems, usually with one flower on top later in the season. I thought it was just an oddity the first year... but am now quite disappointed that it isn't doing what I hoped. Does anyone have any ideas?





Tomato feed

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:04

Wow! I wish I'd known that last Sunday! Had a lovely walk on the beach at Hengistbury Head ........ Nothing but rain and hail ever since, but will take your advice next time I can get there.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 17:52

I agree with all the anti-pyracantha comments. I love mine - BUT it can be admired from a distance and nobody (or animal) goes anywhere near it. I just happen to love them and go in once a year in my suit of armour and, when necessary, spray from a distance. 


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 20:48

My pyracantha is on a North-facing wall which gets little sun. I feed it well and water frequently - and have a vibrant green shrub which flowers and berries well. But it didn't do so well before I looked after it - so maybe that's what North-facing shrubs need?

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 21:09

That's made my day! But I'll still keep looking every few hours.....

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 21:00

Does anyone love them and worry about them as much as I do? All my miscanthus and pennisetum are showing new shoots - but there's no sign of life on my five Panicum North Wind. Am I panicum for nothing? Is there still hope - or shall I buy some more?

To pinch out or not pinch out?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:06

I am going to copy you, Lesley! Thanks.

To pinch out or not pinch out?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 21:28

just wondering....... I often read advice about pinching plants out, to encourage them to branch out and be more bushy .... But which plants can you do it with - and can you harm any particular ones if you do? I always pinch out fuchsias but am growing dahlias from seed for the first time this year. Should I do it with them? They look as though I could ....

Will my pelargoniums be OK?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:39

Many thanks for the advice! Much appreciated - I now know what to do.....put them back in the garage for a bit!

Will my pelargoniums be OK?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:42

i grew pelargoniums for the first time last year and was particularly pleased with the five I grew as "climbers" in a large barrel. I planted them in individual pots in the Autumn and have kept them virtually dry in a garage which is frost-free and bright (two windows). I've now brought them in to the house. Should I start watering them? If they survive, can I grow them on and replant them in my barrel or will I need to take cuttings? Any advice will be much appreciated.

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