david spikes

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Group 3 Clematis pruning

Posted: 31/03/2012 at 22:35

viticella wiil bloom later if pruned now-montana should be pruned if at all after it blooms you can cut the oldest growth at the base and just pull it out-too severe whacking frequently kills it


Posted: 31/03/2012 at 22:31

yesterday(friday)was glorious mid seventies with no wind-today at noon it was sixty fivef. at 1 it was 40f. heavy snow in the mountains but so far only a little rain here in the valley. i am waiting to cut back a wonderful gold variegated buddleia-i keep saying next week but the weather refuses to settle. i have a sambucus sutherland gold that refuses to flourish so this spring i plan on taking cuttings of the buddleia and replacing the sambucus-a good plan and one that is easily done.  do you grow shrubby clematis? heracleifolia  and integrifolia are both up and recta seems to be budding-recta has an unfortunate habit of following over just at it's peak, it is one of those plants that is impossible to stake with any dignity

have I killed my wisteria?

Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:33

wisteria are most vulnerable in the spring just as they make new growth-sudden cold can kill-if that happened the plant is probably gone otherwise it will certainly sprout from the roots although not perhaps where you want it


Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:25

lift the tubers the way you would dahlias split in the same manner and grow on in greenhouse conditions

pear tree

Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:19

depends on whether it is grafted or not-you didn't say whether it is fruit or ornamental-if the tree is grafted and it sprouts from below that abandon all hope


Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:16

the heap at 150f. after three days-if the rain stops will open it this afternoon and add more duff-differences of perspective- a friend came over and asked when i was doing cleanup? i thought i had-her garden is one of those where the ground is always clean of every bit of litter- it seems strange that people will sweep everything away and then bring in mulch from outside- my garden feeds itself and seems happy-vitis purpurea shows no signs of growth-i know its early but still i have to repress the urge to poke around-ten thousand other good things happening and still i worry

New Plants, New Seeds- Ragged Robin & Sweet Rocket

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 22:13

if sweet rocket is hesperis then yes- because it is biennial it is best planted in the fall for the following year-here in reno the problem with spring planting is moisture-throw the seed where you want it thin it next spring  and get out of the way


Posted: 27/03/2012 at 22:10

cool and cloudy today-the compost heap ismade although there is still more to add-there always seems to be more-the heap is all dry brown material so it is heating slowly-only 100 in 2 days-in the next few days i will add green stuff to speed it up disturbing mortality in some of the alpines-temps and precip should not have bothered them-on the other hand tender sedums and sempervivems that i decided to chance outside have all come thru fine-what a wonderful time of year everywhere we look more things are up and growing


Posted: 25/03/2012 at 19:48

somethings that  are pleasant- the washoe zephyr roaring thru the tops of the sequiadendron, magnolia stellata coming into full bloom in just a day-something that is not so pleasant , discovering that i have  finally managed to kill the aralia elata aureovariegata-why oh why do i keep moving things when they are fine(but not perfectly fine)where they are? 


Posted: 23/03/2012 at 19:07

dicentra aurea with brunnera jack frost underplanted with asarum europaeum-sweet

Discussions started by david spikes

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show us your best 
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its all good 
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would that they were mine 
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great blue variegation first of its type 
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great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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all through the year 
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