Charlie November

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Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:39

Seem to have run out of characters. 

Also successful: "simple layering" of Lonicera japonica halliana "Cream Cascade" which had filled its trellis, run out of things to climb and decided to go looking for new places to put down roots. Scary plant, by the way. It grows ludicrously fast and it doesn't just grow in a spiral around things it finds but can actually change shape to wrap around something placed within its reach. Anyway, scared or not, I had a clear plastic tub left over from some dried mealworms I'd been feeding to the birds, so I punched some holes in the bottom, filled it up, bent one of the long, flexible "explorer" stems into it and tied the rising end to a cane stood in the middle. After a week it was 7 inches further up the cane, and after a few weeks the pot had big white roots clearly visible against the sides of it so I knew it was ready to be cut off and given to a friend.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:34

I've succeeded in taking a cutting from a winter-flowering honeysuckle (turns out to be a shrub, not a climber, and I'd planted it under a trellis  ) by chopping off a 2-foot section, stripping the outer bark from the bottom few inches and stabbing it a foot deep into the soil behind the compost heap. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was actually trying to disentangle the plant so I could relocate it.

Also successful: Late Dutch growing up the fence, two pieces cut off, dunked in water to make sure they were fully loaded and not going to dry out too quickly and then shoved into a pot of compost. I added a little tray of water and five bits of cane around the outside, put a clear plastic bag over them and taped it into place, cut a tiny hole in the bag, shoved a drinking straw through so it dangled over the water dish and blew through it twice a day to keep their air warm, moist and full of CO2. This ... may be considered excessive but ... worked.

Also successful: same Late Dutch, "air layered." I can't remember now whether I bothered notching the stem, but the idea of that is to leave half the stem hanging from the top part, which is still attached to the bottom part by the other half of the stem. The dangling part tries to repair itself and, being attached at the top and in soil, assumes it's supposed to be a root. Slightly awkward to set up, this involved putting a film tube (sandwich bag with the bottom cut off) over the notch site, supporting the stem with a cane above and below the notch site, taping the bottom of the tube closed to make a bag, filling the bag with compost and taping the top too. Given time to get over the WEIRD things you are doing to it and make the most of its new situation, honeysuckle will fill that bag with roots and take advantage of the compost. You can then remove the cane, cut the stem below the bag, dunk it in a bucket of water to stop it drying out, unwrap it and transfer it into a pot of hole full of compost.


Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 15:11

I've seen some conflicting advice on tulips, particularly the very fancy ones. The crocus website just has the same text on every single one, saying they have to be lifted out and dried over summer then replanted in autumn. Yeah. I can't see myself keeping that up year after year. I'd prefer to "shove 'em in an' leave 'em" if possible. 

Others say that they're okay left in as long as they're in well-drained soil.

This leaves me wondering whether it's possible to turn the edge of my garden here in the Vale of York into "well-drained soil" with some creative building work. It's at the top of an 8' riverbank, so the water's got somewhere to go, but the soil here is basically turf on top of rocky clay, so not all that well-drained. The hyacinths aren't doing too well but the lilies seem to like it, if that explains how wet it is.

I was thinking I could cut a trench into the top of the bank, put a wall along the river side of it and half-fill it with gravel or sand, then put compost on that, put the bulbs on the compost and fill it with compost and topsoil over them. Would this be enough to let them grow and flower year after year from then on?

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