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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 17:57

Saw a bit in the paper earlier that said now was the time to cut Group 3 clematis down to 12-18inches.  I normally wait til March - what do others think ( thought i'd check before wielding those secateurs)


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 17:49

Native primroses my favourite too. I promised myself a while ago to only buy those, and leave the coloured primulas for my pots only.  

Cut down all my old phlox stems - and was delighted to see all the new shoots starting already.  Plus found a hidden pulmonaria that is already in flower and looking gorgeous - really deep blue.

then went for a 6 mile march on the local common - magical over there, and hardly another person in sight.  Feet up now before i tackle the bathrooms.

about to listen to a 3 hour gardening programme (well a bit of it anyway) that was on radio 4 extra yesterday morning - penelope keith talking about Gertrude Jekyll........


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:58

Morning all, and have a happy one Artjak

Lovely here - planning a tidy up of the perennial stalks that have been flattened, and an assault on the brambles growing through some large deciduous azaleas.  Never manage to get rid of them (the brambles) completely, but i like to have them out of the way when the azalea flowers appear.

also, have just read i should be cutting back my group 3 clematis now - i normally wait til March - any views??


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 18:25

Lovely, Panda.  I only have one out, but plenty more to come ..... Maybe next weekend

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 18:23

Gill - many thanks for your thoughts on Jacksons - think i will give them a go.

Nut - we are very acid here, so should be ok.  However, they don't seem to be that easy to find - think i will have to wait til spring when some of the nurseries restock for the year.

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 17:29

I'm looking for a witch hazel Pallida, and a shrub recommended on GQT called a disanthus.  Has anyone used Jacksons nurseries near Stoke ??


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 17:26

Fanfare - one of my hellebore flowers has opened - woop woop


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 10:37

Blue skies here - we can hardly believe our eyes. Will sit and stare in wonder for a bit, just in case it disappears soon


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 00:35

Bill - made me smile  


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:23

Thank you punkdoc - those pics were a lovely treat.  Chucking it down and blowing a gale here, but guess who has to turn out at 10.30pm to retrieve a chicklet - joy.

just input my bird watch results - seems an age ago but my first chance since last weekends website problems.

weekend tomorrow - yippee.  And not January anymore so i can finally have a glass of wine - double yippee

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