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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:36

Wow, one day without rain and I've had to water the hanging baskets, thanks be to goodness.  I'd almost forgotten how!

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 21:23

O course it is not impossible that you do have a hive of bees near at hand, but it is most likely that the bees are just delighted to find your cotoneaster - they really do love the flowers, also pyracantha seems to be a favourite of them here too.

When you cone to prune it, don't be too delicate or yu will get lots of thinwhispy shoots looking rather untidy, cut a deent sized bit off if it is where you don't want it, and don't worry, it will make new branches afterwards.  There is a very good small RHS book on pruning, virtually foolproof - I know, 'cos I'm fairly foolish, and I can follow it - not that I always do but that is something else again.


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:53

huge foxgloves everywhere indeed, last year my son and I were grumbling about he pathetic little 18 inch high efforts, not this year!! They have loved the wet conditions, but as they are native here that is probably hardly surprising.  The hostas are loving the wet too, as is the golden hop - always a high speed runner but this year headed for a gold medal.  Hardy geraniums very happy, and some clematis but by no means all. 

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:49

.... but in the right place under control it is absolutely gorgeous! Most of the other campanulas are not quite as invasive, but there is a tall white one, the name of which escapes me at present, and that really has become a pain in the front garden - sets itself everywhere, I'm actually encouraging the little blue one as that is low enough to be manageable, but the white one is really a pest in bellflower clothing.

The One Show - Britain's Largest Potted Plant

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:45

Hmm, there ae so many discriminatory remarks there that I really don't quite know where to start!!  I am in the age group that has white hair, am very computer literate, do know what an aspidistra look like,  and am a very keen gardener - but am not a TV watcher so would not have seen the questioner not heard the question.

Anyway, to get back to the largest pot plant, that really is a how long is a piece of string question, there are huge hostas, swiss cheese plants etc, which may be competitors - do you want an indoor or an outdoor plant? I have a 12 foot oak tree in a pot, and I am sure there are many others out there with huge pot plants.  Glad you are excluding commercial / professional growers such as Kew and other such places, as some of the plants in pots there are just incredibly enormous - including an enormous rubber tree in one stately home conservatory - no idea which, they run into each other after a few dozen visits. 

I am very curious as to why you would imagine a person of advanced years would not frequesnt the boards - or was that supposed to be a jokette? 


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:34

You can keep them under a hedge if you have one, ina garage if there is a window, or anywhere cool where they will not freeze.  failing all of that, a cheap plastic grow house will work, but make sure it is pinned down well as they blow away very easily - leaving your baby penstemons uncovered.  In fact, they are tough little plants, and if you have sheltered part of the garden, and we get some decent weather later in the year (sigh of hope!), they may well establish well enough in the ground to get through the windter, depending how much of one we get of course..  A cloche or  large plastic bottle with the lid removed and the bottom cut off to act as a cloche will protect them - especially come spring when the slugs are hungry - come to that at any time, they are always hungry!!

help have i killed my clematis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:29

Regarding your rose - very near the time of the move, dig it up with as much earth around the rootball as you can get, wrap it in wet sacking, pop into a bucket or something so there is not wet earth everywhere, and replant as soon as possible when you get where you are going.  You will need to reduce the stems by at least one third, as it will need all its energy to make new roots where it is going.  Septemeber - October is the best time to do this so the timing is right - good luck with it. 

help have i killed my clematis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:26

I think it is likely that your montana is droopy because it has been rained on so much.  I've had several for around 15 years and have never fed them, except incidentally when other plants near at hand get a dose of feed.  It may also have just got very heavy, its own weight plus that of all the rain - prune away, you can't kill it.  My neighbour chopped mine down, it was 18 foot long along our fence, and ended up an 18 inch stump - yes, we are still speaking, there was a misunderstanding about the nature of the plant - anyway, the point is that it has recovered and is heading off too be its origianl size again in a year or two. 

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:22

So sorry to hear about your plum tree and its break.  Trim up the jagged bits, don't paint it, and wait - I'd like to bet it will put out some new shoots given time enough.  Good luck. 

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:20

You'd have a job to do it much harm, they are super plants when well trained and trimmed, but can, as you are finding out, be rather a handful.  There is a very little one for rockeries or anywhere a small plant is needed, which is very good, grows about 4 inches high and so far - about 3 years on - about 2 foot across. Usual bee loved white flowers and red berries to follow.   I assume the birds eat these but I cannot see it when indoors so haven't seen that, but they go as the winter progresses. 

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