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Invasive climbing weed, can anyone identify

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 11:16

I've got the goldern version, rate of spring growth is phenomenal!  Does need keeping under control though ........... it fights with my vine in what we call 'brewers corner'.


Posted: 01/07/2012 at 15:28

If you cut lilac back in October, you cut off all the wood upon which it could flower the following Spring.  The time to prune lilacs is immediately after flowering, so that they have a chance to have hardened shoots for the next year upon whch they will flower.

If you cut it back very hard, i.e. ground level,  you will get lods of smaller 'trunks' instead of the central one I am assuming you have now.  Some folk like this and do so, you just want to think about it before you begin. 

Some plants do take a long time to begin to flower, much will depend whether it is a grafted tree or not.  We have a clematis that took 7 years before it fldowered, and does so prolifically every year now.  Patience is often a virtue in gardening. 4 years is not long in a trees life, especially if it is not a grafted specimen. 

Gigantic courgette leaves

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 15:21

......  warmth and light - and of the two I always feel it is lack of light that keeps things back far more than lack of warmth.  Deep grey wet skies do not allow anything to grow well, however willing it is.  My peas, which should be a metre or so high (bush ones) are barely 6 inches, and flowering bravely, but nothing much is going to happen without more lght.

I think many commercial food growers are going to be in deep troube this year, unless we suddenly get a few weeks of sunshine and light - high food prices this year in the autumn I am afraid.  

sowing seeds

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:47

Just about everything this horrible so far year!  Veggies that won't grow, peas that are flowering but are only 8 inches high instead of over a meter or so (Some mixed measurements there but I guess we all know what I mean!), beans that are twining up their poles but look anaemic and virtually leafless, strawberries with still hard green fruits if any at all, etc. etc., etc.!!

my clemetis is looking sick, any ideas

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:43

Ooops, that does sound like clematis wilt - something to which the summer flowering clematis are prone.  As far as I know no-one knows why, possibly a fungal organism.  As Berghill says, cut down deeply, new soil or compost and it will probably throw up new shoots, maybe some even this year as the weather is so pecuiar - many do recover but not all - good luck with it.

strimmer that picks up

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:38

so agree with weejenny, strimmers seem to last an incredicbly short time - and we don't have a particularly large area to strim, just around edges and pots.  Such a pity Robot's hubs wasn't able to continue with his ideas, may have worked better than the current ones that's for sure. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:34

Thunderstorm stopped the Olympic torch run in our town!!  Just back from a fairly sunny 10 days in the Netherlands, not stopped raining much here since. 

Wind damage to your plants..

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:47

Just about everything battered and sad - the baskets will come down today till this goes over - if it ever does.  Some thing still standing, alliums looking stunningly good, foxgloves also, geum good - columbines lying around as are the 'tame' umbillifers.  Some clematis justl lying in a heap, others not too bad.  Grass long and sodden, likely to get alot longer before it an be cut.  Very tall fountain grass looking lovely but virtually blocking the path with wet flower heads, in fact the path looks more like an assault course with flattening plants.  Part of my tall buddlea has broken off, probably wind but may be pigeons which never seem to know what branches will bear their weight - stupid horrible things. 


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:41

cold, wet, grey, dark - did we all sleep through summer and it is now autumn?  Granted the grasses and hostas are loving it, but hardly any flowers on anything due to darkness, think we are all pretty miserable and fed up.  Veggies just sitting there looking sad, courgettes with lots of leves but no flowers, nor would I - ditto just about everything else. 

The farmers must be very worried, nothing will ripen while it is like this, and there does not seem to be much let up forecast.  Yesterday they weres showing all the reasons this is happening, frankly my dear I don't give a damn - just 'when is it going to stop'.

North east facing wall

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:37

Also thought of the climbng hydrangea, always looks stunning on a cool wall.  

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