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Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:14

Thanks folks  will get out there next weekend for a bit of light trimming, then will take the bull by the horns next February

Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 11:25

i have a Group 2 clematis growing up an obelisk that has become a birdsnest of brown stems with a few flowers and leaves at the top.

Can I cut it back hard?  And would it be ok to do it now ?


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 11:11

Same here - nice day promised, black clouds and drizzle materialised.  So we are going shopping instead

Thanks GWRS - HC and Chelsea are very different - I enjoy them both.  At Chelsea the show gardens and design take centre stage - and it is very crowded and quite cramped - Mr C would hate it.  HC is far more spacious and relaxed - just a nice day out with lots of plants and gardens thrown in for good measure.  Mr C is quite happy to come along - in fact he is quite a fan .... there are lots of veg gardens and gadgets to keep him interested


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:20

Morning all - potting on and planting out for me today.  Did precisely nada yesterday because of the tennis.  Enjoyed it though

Going to Hampton Court on Tuesday, and so far the forecast is looking good

ID. What is this plant ?

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:13

Looks like a cornus kousa chinensis - we have one in the village which turns completely white with flowers every May and June - quite spectacular.

I say "flowers" - they are actually white bracts.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:01

Thanks PP, Fairy, Joyce.  Pop round any time PP

Vic - the verbascum is two plants, but does really well.  I have accidentally gained two more by unintentional root cuttings (moved them, and obviously left some behind) but I'm not complaining.  Love your foxtail lilies - they are huge 

Your walls are looking gorgeous LilyP - clothed or unclothed

So sad

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:41

Very very sad

she was a friend of a friend, so I always followed what she was up to - a very clever girl.

once spent a night in a Manchester nightclub with her (and a big group of others) before she was famous.  I am suddenly feeling very old.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:06

Fantastic news DD. New house sounds perfect for you and Charlie .....a really exciting next step.  And the tearoom idea sounds inspired .....we love Bistros over here, so why shouldn't tea and cakes and chintz go down a storm over there.

.....and a new garden too


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 14:46

Here's Indian Summer in mid October last year


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 14:43

The prickly stems and leaves means it is one of the half hardy ones - something like marmalade, or indian summer or a rustic dwarf.  They rarely survive the winter, and won't be invasive.  But they flower their socks off til the frosts, so well worth planting - I grow loads of them from seed every year

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