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Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:31

The vitcella group ae smaller flowering, but do so profusely.  I use them in all sorts of places, and they are not susceptible to wilt - it seems to be the large flowered hybrids that get this.  For spring (whatever that may be), the montana group are good if you have space for them, as they do get very large aned heay - gorgeous though.  You can grow vitcellas through them when they have stopped flowering themselves, looks good.   If you really want the large flowering clematis (and I still try with them) you need to plant them very deep indeed, then if wilt strikes they will often shoot again from the part that is underground - worth trying. 

The non-climbing herbaceous clematis are good too, in pots, hanging baskets or just clambering around other things in a flower bed - mostly purples yet, but there will come more colours I am sure.

Bought a 'red' clematis this year, it isn't, it is very lovely but definitely purple, although the label shows a clear red - thought it unlikely at the time. 

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:25

Must admit that I have stopped using it altogether, I was not impressed with it.  I  preferred my method of lifting the basket slightly from underneath, heavy OK, not, water - as someone else has said.  If we get some twice a day watering weather we will all be delighted, at present it is more like never doing it at all, and anyway it is too dark for the flowers to come anyway.  Fed upness. 

Superb Clematis

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:21

?? Any remarks or questions?  We have some stunning clematis at present.

Hanging baskets

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:19

They are very good if you have small baskets, for anything over 12 - 14 inches they are not strong enough. 

Gourds !!

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:18

Basically, find a corner where there is alot of light and not much water, place them there, then ignore.   By the end of the season you wll find pretty decorative small gourds in good numbers.   I have given up on them now as there are no children at home to enjoy the shapes, and I personally have had enough of them, but difficult they are not.  I would wait until into June before planting out.  Once they start to run they will romp away with no help from you.   If you water and feed them you will get loads of leaves but little if any fruit - think about where they orignate, as with all plants the closer we can get to where they evolved the better they will grow.  Have fun & enjoy. 

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:29

Mine is on an even larger pot, but I possibly have more space than you have.  The pot is on a paved area, so in principle the roots can't go through - but I'd not realy trust that!  It could never be moved save by a JCB, unless the pot was broken up. I have had several things go through their pots, a large acer in our garden must have done that years ago, as it is far too big to be living in its pot alone.  I won't try to remove the pot as it must be full of roots, but I am fascinated by the idea it has this narrow root through the hole and then a major root mass, unless it has broken the bottom of the pot out.   I have never pruned our oak yet, bar the odd dead twig - do you do it in the winter when it is dormant?   We have no mature oaks too close so as yet it has not caught anything horrible.  I don't think oak gall is harmful though is it? 

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:09

Yes, we have seen bonsai oaks as well, but this one is just a tree - Alina W, so very  glad to hear about your 25 year old oak in a pot - what size pot?  Ours is now about 10 foot tall, but I don't expect it to get much more because of the root restrictions.  Do you prune it or anything?  

Lawn damage from fire

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:59

Following a burn from a barbeque, we spiked and reseeded the  fairly small area, ittiook a couple of years to look quite right but is now properly green and thriving.  As the previous person said. so much dpeneds on the size of the fire and how deeply it has gone itnto the ground and root systems.  You may do better to remove the area and returf or reseed it. 

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:58

This probably does not help ypu, but I will tell you anyway, no-one is obliged to read it!  We found a sprouted acorn one autumn, about 10 years ago, my partner insisted on keeping it.  At first I put it in a border, then realised that this really was not a good idea, as it would become far too large and greedy for that site.  It was dug up, about 2 years after planting, and potted in a HUGE pot.  There it has remained since, growing well, but beause the roots are restrained, it will never become the huge woodloand oak it could have done.    it is very lovely, has good strong growth and beautiful leaves.   Each year we top dress it with new JI3, and clean the gravel around it before replacing it.   So you can grow an oak in a pot, if you are crazy enough to want to do so, but in reality I would not suggest that!

Get your memorial tree planted in the autumn, it will then become the tree it should be, and will be then a wonderful and suitable growing memorial to your sadly missed friend.  

Talkback: Grow something different

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:19
Are not caladium what we call foliage begonias? They can look stunning indeed, look forward to hearing how you get on with them from seed.

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