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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. 

Precipitation.

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.  

Tree Peony

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:36

They can also suffer badly from a sudden cold spell, did you temperatures drop sharply overnight one night?  My tree peonies dislike that very much, usually sulking and dropping leaves, though I have to say I do not recall them going brown.  Maybe look to see if there are any nasty beasties eating the roots?    They do indeed need planting deep.  Thery come from China, maybe it is warmer in the part of China from which they come than it is here this year (not difficult I imagine!)

Irises

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:33

Are we taking about rhizomatous iris, or bulbs?  Not that it makes a differene as to when you move them late Spring is certainly right, but although indeed rhozomes like to be out of the soil more or less, siberica bulbs do not - just a thought as you mentioned bulbs.

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:08

Loved the tomato story, but I can well imagine it in this day of not having to do anything for ourselves. Maybe one day she will try again with both the bags and the tomato plants.

I was once busily telling a non-gardening friend all about her ceanothus and how they responded well to pruning, when I snapped off a large branch from one side, making it all lopsided!! Talk about feeling awful, and no where near as knowledgeable as she had thought me to be. I will probably remember it for far longer than she, who has probably forgotten all about it now!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:03

Hope the knee feels better soon, it's so often that the short cut makes things longer.

It looks very pretty out there from in here, sunny but very breezym and the breeze is decidedly chilly.  hey reckon on 18C here in the East Midlands today, but I think it will struggle to reach that in my garden today -the wind is coming up the side of the house like a steam train. 

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