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Posted: 16/08/2012 at 16:22

........ was wondering if it was just me, glad to know it sin't - the weather again doubtless!

Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 12:28

Chicken pellets are good for most general fertilising - clematis are one of the few plants for which I buy a specific fetiliser as they are such greedy platns, and need all the grub they can get!  Sometimes I feel like sending out for a 12 inch pizza for them!!   I know what you mean about planting any spare bit of earth with a plant, and later on when your clematis are settled you can plant closer - the roots need to be cool while the head needs to be warm - some people put stones or such over the rooted area for clematis'.  As said earlier, this year has just been a difficult one for many things, mildew included - the bases of the echinops are well covered with it as well.  I shall take some leaves off to get some air in and hope for the best. 

Growing blueberries

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:13

I've grown blueberries on my unsuitable soil for several years - each spring I give them a mulch of ericaceous compost, and make sure I water them with suitable fertilisers.  They give a good big crop every year, so it can be done even if your soil is unsuitable. 

Christopher2, I think you have misread the thread, it is about blueberries not blue poppies - maybe try making a new thread about those glorious plants? 

Allergic reaction to garden plant - help ID that plant!

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:07

... and presumably coo at a safe distance?  

Talkback: Acca sellowiana

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:06

Still haven't - could you post a piccie?

Bean confession

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:05

Yes indeed, I have  planted dahlias as a fence covering instead of the creeper which was very surprised to find itself in the front of the border!  It happens to us all - labels disappear, and we know we will remember which seed went into which tray - not!!

What exactly does a 'sterile' plant mean ?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:03

Some plant breeders sell plants that either do not have seeds, or from which the seeds will not germinate, so as to keep the plant their property - preventing gardeners from propagating it in that way.  Some very double flowers do not allow bees or other insects to access any nectar they may have - another reason I rarely if ever grow doubled flowers.  

Allergic reaction to garden plant - help ID that plant!

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 17:33

Do be very careful as you remove them - gloves, sleeves, even a face mask if you have to get close, enormous care about the eyes, nose and mouth please.  Wash all the garments you wear to do the job, as soon as you are done, wash your hair too - the sap can get just about anywhere, and as you are one of the allergic ones, no amount of care is too much.  Maybe you could get someone to do it for you?  For those of us who love euphorbias, we are not unaware of the severe problems they can cause for some people.  If you do the job of removal yourself, take an anithistamine before you start.  Choose a cloudy dampish day if you can.  Working in A&E made me  aware just how horrid the reactions can be. 

Mountain Ash

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 11:15

Of course it could be a male tree! Has it berried before? If so, then everyone here is right re pollinators etc. 

Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 11:14

Most plants have tended to have mildew this year, loads of rain early followed by sun and migginess- ideal onditions.  many plants have a larger than usual amount of leaf due to the wet, this overhangs the ground and so tends also to enourage the damp humid conditions right for mildew.  Are there any neighburing plants that c ould do with a haircut and so let more air to your 'Durnadii'?  I have this clematis also, it is very lovely - though I totally ignore it from one year to the next so am always delighted when it reappears.  Think I will continue on that road as it seems to have worked so far.  it does get a bit of fertiliser around April time along with everything else, but that is it really. 

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