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Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 09:10
That's great, I'll get it done today. Thanks for the advice both.

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 19:34
Oh right, well it has 3 main stems and a few branches off each one.

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 17:34
Thanks Dave, any idea how much to chop it back? It's about 4 foot off the floor right now with good buds all the way up.

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 11:27
Has anyone had any great success with this? I planted mine last spring and it grew well but didn't flower. I've read online that I need to prune it back to just above a strong set of buds. The plant is currently showing some healthy looking green buds on last year's growth. I'm a bit nervous chopping it back so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 09:24
That's a good tip Crystals. I've been doing this with my dianthus for a few years now and it never occurred to me that I could do it with the bamboo.

How to prune alpines.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 10:40

Thanks for the feedback Berghill. Yes I've been deadheading regularly throughout the summer.


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 10:35

Last year I cut mine back and left them in the border. I mulched over the top with lawn clippings to about 2 inches. Due to the very mild winter in South Wales they have come back lovely this year. Bit of a gamble but it paid off.

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:44

I though I'd better update this post. Yes there was indeed, no need to panic. The bamboo was not flowering, merely sending up new shoots. It's surprising how different they first appear!

Sambucus Nigra

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:37

Yes definitely aphids. You can spray them with soapy water (I put a bit of oil in my solution too). But make sure you don't have too much fairy liquid in there as I find the soap can damage some plants by drying them out (as with my sweet peas 2 years ago).

How to prune alpines.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:32

I could use some advice as to what to do next with my alpines. As you can see form the photos they are looking a bit tatty now. The saxifrage and sea thrift could possibly do with some heavy pruning.

I was thinking of taking a scissors to them and cutting them back so that they no longer obscure the stones. When would be the best time to do this, Autumn, Winter or Spring?

Also, my houseleeks have produced lots of lovely little offsets. Some are growing over the stones, attached to the parent plant by long stalks. Do I just snip the stalks and pot the offsets up?

 If you can offer any advice I would be very grateful. So far I've found my alpine rockery very rewarding and low maintenance. I just need to ensure I can keep it looking presentable going forward.


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Clematis Dr rupple

Growing advice.  
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How to prune alpines.

My first year with my alpine rockery. 
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Is my black bamboo flowering?

There are 2 spikes that look very different to the usual canes 
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Last Post: 19/09/2015 at 09:24

Aphids on my sweet peas

Not the soapy water method. 
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SOS my Senetti is struggling

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
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