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Has anyone grown Pixie clematis

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:46

Mine did exactly what it was supposed to do, grew over a tallish pot, a large long tom,  and looked lovely as it flowered very early in the year - I grew it in a barely heated greenhouse and it was a joy, especially as it was perfumed.  I kept it for a couple or so years, I then put it outdoors for the summer and forgot to bring it in, whereupon it died!!   

Privets that wont grow

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:42

Sounds very much as if there is something in the ground that is holding them back - often turns out to be an old wall or something of that kind - especially as one has run away with itself.  I'd be inclined to dig them up, look carefully at the roots to ensure there are no beasties there, pot 'em up for a bit with really good compost and see if they go away then.  Meantime excavate the area you had them planted in and see what is underneath - coud be anything, I discovered a spring bedstead once in a garden I was trying to renew!!!  If all well, then enrich the soil, add good drainage, and hope they will go well then. 

Plant ID

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:37

If you have soil that it likes, it will spread - in fact for some people it becomes invasive, but not here for me, much as I love it.  We have the tall white one like that, and two different pink ones - and they are all lovely. 


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:25

I have kept the less hardy ones in pots in a greenhouse that is heated to just above freezing in the winter.  Some of these are now several years old.  However, it is always worth taking cuttings of those you especially value.

The hardy ones can stay in the ground and will survive just about anything nature can throw at them.This year I am going to pot up the small ones from our baskets and keep those in the greenhouse too - we will see how they do. 

Greenhouse heater

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:23

Is your greenhouse too far away to allow for electricity? Since putting a cable down to ours, about 20 meters, it has been much better, as paraffin gives up 1 gallon of water for every gallon of paraffin used.  I know this does not answer your question, but just hoped it might give you another thought to think.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:21

Thanks for this, had somehow missed that this is about to start - will be sure to watch now.

Black Lily

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:17

If it is in a pot, you need do nothing but chop off the seed heads, give it a mulch and wait - the reason for keeping it frost free is for the pot, not the lily.  Many of mine have frozen solid over the years, and some are now over 20 years old, still in thier original containers.  Feed them come spring, watch out for lily beetle and enjoy again.  I will say however, that the very dark ones, so called 'black' lilies, do change colour as time goes on, many of mine are now a deep - and very lovely - red or purple, but not quite as black as they once were.  f

Should I replant my Laurel hedge?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:14

17 years ago, when we moved into this house, I chopped to ground level a laurel hedge that I wanted to get rid of.  As it was sandwiched between a roadside wall and a tarmac drive I could not dig out the roots.  This year has been the first year that I have not found any shoots of it - yet!  So, no, you can't kill it like that, though your pruning may have been al little ferocious.  Wait, all will be green again in due course. 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:10

oh dear, I am very worried about your outbreak of 'childus slider', does it come complete with childus?

Problem weed!

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:08

Mares tail indeed, and no, it will not go away.  This plant has been around since the age of the dinosaurs, they grazed upon it, its roots are found several meters down in mines.  There are new weedkillers that claim to kill it, you can try one if you want to use lethal chemicals.  You can keep cutting its head off, not even mare tail likes that - or you can learn to live with it as many people do.  It will die down in the winter, giving you a time of hope that it has gone, it hasn't, and will pop up again come spring.  It is an incredibly successful plant.  Keep pulling it up where you can, cut it down as much as possible, dig the ground where it is - the black roots that look like thin liquorice strings are very distinctive, get out every bit as the tiniest bit left in the ground will grow a new plant.  Try the new weedkillers if you like, I shall wait with interest to see if there is new growth next year or not where they have been used. 

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