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Clematis Suggestions

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:23

Hello, there, welcome to the site, lovely to have new gardeners join the group.  Hope you come  to love gardening and get as besotted as the rest of us as time goes on.

Clematis are a huge group of plants, there are very early pretty litttle alpina types, very hardy viticellas, and the less hardy large flowered ones.  That is only a tiny taster of the tyes available.  Much will depend on a) where you are, b) what type of soil you have, c) the postion you waant to grow them in - and so forth.  There are some wonderful web sites and books about this huge group of gorgeous plants, maybe a trip to your local lbrary would be useful?  I would not buy very small plugs, but decent sized plants whichever you chose, unless you somewhere under cover to bring them on for a year or two.  I tend to avoid markets as the plants have often come from hot houses to cold streets and then suffer from shock.  There are plenty to chose from in good garden centres and better yet, specialist nurseries which deal on line,.  You can pay almost anything from a fiver to a fairly large amount of money depending on the type you want. 

We have three huge montanas, and luckliy the space to put them in as they get absolutely huge, plus a couple of late flowered ones, some non-climbing ones, a couple of winter ones and a couple of large flowered ones - so you see it not that easy to choose.  They are all worth the trouble to grow, some are far easier than others, which may be a good place to begin if you have not grown them before.  Having now thoroughly confused you I'll stop and let you look around and see what you really like.  Enjoy the search. 

small garden pond pump ?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:58

Try a solar pump, no wiring and they are very good these days.  My son put one in when his electric one died, and has actually had to reduce the amount of spray it put out as it emptied his pond in 2 days!!  Much better for all, environment and pond. 

Ilex aquifolium golden king

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:57

Any male holly - I'd be surprised if there was not one nearby in the area, but if not Silver Queen is a male and pollinates Golden King (female) well.  I often wonder who named these and if they understood plants have make and female types?  

holly shrubs

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:55

They also need space, I plante some too close to each other and lost a couple, which gave the rest room to grow well!  As dove and steve say, they need very good drainage and wlll not tolerate wet feet.  Can't fault them for that myself. 

Help

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:53

Yes, and it can become a ferocious weed in the garden - most things that look gorgeous hanging over peoples walls do.  You need to clip it hard after flowering to prevent it seeding around every where.  Other than that, it is a well loved and useful alpine plant.  Available most garden centres around now. 

help with cerinthe

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:51

I tend to grow them in a large pot, en masse, just outside the back door, as, although I do love them, I don't want them to seed around too much.  I think all that type of plant looks better in a group.  The bees (when they dare get out of their hives) adore cerinthe. 

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:49

..As I went out this mornin, around 09.15, my car gave me an ice warning!!  Then while out, we had sleet and hail, now dark grey skies and bitter cold rain - don't you love the joys of an English Spring?  Many things are flowering though as we did have a couple of nice days,.  I have a large flowered Dr Rupple clematis which I left in the greenhouse (it was new to me), and it is flowering its dear little head off - but safely still just inside the greenhouse door.  Many overwintered things still in the cold frame as I'd not dare put them put yet, seedlings huge as can't even think about hardening them off without severe losses, yet the tulips are glorious, as are the cowslips and violas, the small irises (not reticulata but 'real' irises, think they are called pumila or similar) flowering away, young acer leaves lovely - and I'm indoors whie the rain tries to break the window. 

Greenhouse tomatoes : Pollination

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:38

.......   besides, as the weather warms you will begin to open the greenhouse door/windows more, and lots of insects - includong bees - will get in and work for you. 

Solomon's seal

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:39

Thanks, didn't want to lose it.

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:02

Lets hope it stays within the pot you want it in - some of them are up for world domination.

I rarely if ever tease out roots from container grown plants, they always find their way out to food and water.  

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