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Posted: 24/05/2013 at 18:17

Yes, it can be amazing the prices some places charge for plants - they always seem to be the ones that have the better non plant facilites too!  One not  a great distance from us charges £9.99 for the so called 'black grass' which I give away in clumps as it roots so easily - maybe I should open a stall at the door!


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 18:13

Very greedy plants are clematis, ground or pot grown - we have both, I use clematis food, lquid seaweed feed and the usual pelleted chicken manure than all the garden gets around now. If it has rained a huge amount and washed many nutrients out of pots I will offer a fresh feed when (if) it dries up again.  Last year was a difficulty for many potted plants as nutrients got washed out almost as soon as put in - not just for clematis either.  


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 22:55

Wot  - no plants? Go back at once ................

help with cerinthe

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 19:33

Hear hear - but if you were a bee would you come out int he current hail?

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 19:32

Wow, yours are bigger than mine ..........

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:54

Oh do you have triffidia tripodmarsis too? 

Starting seeds

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:51

You could also invest in a solar heater - or a gas one, but the reality is tou don't need it.  Just keeping the frost and wind off the seed trays will be a huge help, use a cover in there and they will romp away.  Horticulatural fleece is very useful - or old net curtains if you have some. 

No such thing as a silly question, all are interesting and useful to someone. 

What To Train Up Obelisk ?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:48

A small climbing or rambling rose, honeysuckle, canary creeper (annual and yellow but still...), lobata, sweet peas, runner beans - not a joke, they are very pretty in flower, were introduced as a flowering plant - then you get good grub afterwards. 


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:44

I think the best thing you can do at a garden centre, is take the amount of cash you are willing to spend, and leave the credit / debit card at home!!!  This is from  someone who accpmanied a friend yesterday, had no intention of buying anything and spent £50+!! Ooops.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:33

You can grow anything in a pot if you are prepared to give it all the time and attention it will need.  Having said that, any clematis with montana in its name will get huge, heavy and want to spread a vast distance - so any grown in a pot will require a good deal of space, and a pretty vast pot  There are better, far smaller ones, more suitable for pot culture than the montana group.  We have 3 montana, in the ground, and the space to allow them to grow large, and they have - and lovley they are too, as they are now coming into flower - but not really ideal for pot growth. IMHO.

If you desperately want this one, and must grow it in a pot, then start with a good sized pot and be prepared to go up a size or two each year as it grows until you really cannot get any bigger.  I have other clematis in pots 18 - 24 inches wide and up to 30 - 36 inches deep, these will not hold a montana for long I don't think.  Of course, someone may tell you differently and that is fine .....  It will not achieve the growth it would like to, and although I can and do grow nealry anything in pots, it would seem quite a challenge, and I am not at all sure how long it could last - whereas montanas in the ground can last for many years.  

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