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Plant ID white ponpom Clematis

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:19

Hi

I've lost the label of this one- white huge round pompom, sturdy flowers, not quite a ball but not far off- 4 inches across.  The photo was taken today, and the flower is fading.

It is about 5ft tall and about 4 years old- when should I prune it? has been flowering May until now.               

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now.

Anyone have a cardiocrinum giganteum in flower yet?any photos?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:43

Great news- the Cardiocrinum which I had bought last year (about £10) from the Plant Hunters garden in Scotland, that takes 7 years to flower from bulb- is about to flower this year.  The bud which the other day looked to be only new leaves, is now looking like lily flower heads.

Even with all this rain 2 lily beetles were stuck to the flower heads- dispatched now....

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They are held on a thick 6ft maroon bean pole - I have attached a picture of what I am expecting it to look like- the photo is several plants, whereas I have one.

any tips on growing them- do they need staking?  Will I get offset bulbs?- nothing showing yet-

Thebiggy- do I need to feed it?. 

However ,the sad news is -is it is mono-carpic so the bulb will die after flowering.  although hopefully it will have some baby offsets which should flower in 3 years time!

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:16

Thank you- also just read on the Progreen website- that hard water interferes with the take up of the chemical so that could be the reason my treatments haven't worked.  there is a pouch you can buy to add to the solution.

 Will hard water also affect the Gallup active ingredient?  hard water is high in magnesium etc

We with the problem should all do a trial, each using a different remedy and report back!

I will make a decision on which to use- Kurtail or Gallup.

Will keep you posted

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:44

I just don't want to waste another year.

Sounds like the way forward, just feel that Kurtail has had 2 chances/ i.e 2 years and didn't make a dent in the problem.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:40

If you are sure to up the dose, because I was always concerned that I oversprayed it on the application as nearly used a whole bottle.  Was thinking I had sprayed on to thickly and it had just burn the tops off without travelling down to the deep roots.

Also this time there is lots of grass and annual weeds which will take the hit and miss the MT, so not sure if to try and kill them off first.  Teh roots of heelebore didn't keep the MT at bare so some were sacrificed and a couple kept in pots in quarantine.

Re the shrubs- the thick roots of these must put off the MT as they are sparse round these so I could easily treat i.e. paint each one with a jel.  Had heard of using wallpaper paste to thicken the weedkiller but haven't used it.

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Saw a post from a lady who had purchased a blackcurrent bush with MT popping up, I also had this last year but luckily I had potted on so was in pots when it appeared-had to wash all the roots and repot- was some lysimachia purpurea  purchased from J Parker Bulbs.............Nearly had a fit when I saw it in the pot!

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:47

Was trying to work out what sort of conditions they may not like, as obviously like the soil currently- Could liming work- never used it so not sure how to - other than seen Alan T spreading it with his hands in one of his gardening books- thought gloves were a must to preventing burning the skin.

Could get some farmyard manure if that woudl help - but don't want to feed them....

 

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:43

the liming option seem a strange one, as when I dig down some 3 foot there are the thick black roots growing out between the builders rubble of cement covered bricks -they can't mind sandy soils nor clay. 

It is well drained too. 

One year tried digging it out and sieving the roots out- but as you can see that didn't work either.

You don't see it in farmers field used for growing crops so it doen't spread that much.

I have seen it growing out of tarmac, so sure trying to cover it to block out the light and nutrients will only make it pop up somewhere else.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:35

Yes followed the directions re usage and when to pally etc- ahrd to find a dry wind free day in York but managed it .

The border is a walled semi-circle on a slope, 14 m long by 6 m wide- the problem is all in the bed and only have 4 shrubs in it. 1 small  box tree, a small picea conifer and 3 potentillas, the rest is bareground other than masses of maretails, annual grass, thistles, bombsite weeds, forgetme-nots and lots of annual weeds.

Grew annual daisies when the maretails had been browned off one year. did try the green manure- hungarian rye grass- but that didn't work.

Used nearly all the bottle of kurtail, there was some for the missed few, but not that hard to miss as nothing much growing in the bed.  I cover the shrubs with industrial clingfilm.  I didn't trapple the marestails just sprayed as instructed by Progreen.

I am at my wits end with it, I just want to be able to plant here as this is the main border and next to the patio.  Even if it means waiting till next year to plant I don't mind but don't want to see another forest of it next year.

Amazingly the soil is easy to work, clay based as per the rest of the garden, but seems as though it has had sand added at some point- I believe the original owners had an alpine bed here.  Which I would love to do. 

I find an odd frone of MT elsewhere in the garden each year, but that is all- which I dig up  immediately.

The like periscope shoots in early spring,- I cover with a bag best I can and remove the top to stop the spores spreading.  Probably only avout 15-20 of those.

Just that one large border with the problem- guessing it was introduced with imported soil or manure at some point.

this year they are nearly ready to treat but this time the border has more rubbish weeds as above- too which I thought I should treat first to ensure the MT gets my full undivided attention.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:33

The border is a walled semi-circle on a slope, 14 m long by 6 m wide- the problem is all in the bed and only have 4 shrubs in it. 1 small  box tree, a small picea conifer and 3 potentillas, the rest is bareground other than masses of maretails, annual grass, thistles, bombsite weeds, forgetme-nots and lots of annual weeds.

Grew annual daisies when the maretails had been browned off one year. did try the green manure- hungarian rye grass- but that didn't work.

Used nearly all the bottle of kurtail, there was some for the missed few, but not that hard to miss as nothing much growing in the bed.  I cover the shrubs with industrial clingfilm.  I didn't trapple the marestails just sprayed as instructed by Progreen.

I am at my wits end with it, I just want to be able to plant here as this is the main border and next to the patio.  Even if it means waiting till next year to plant I don't mind but don't want to see another forest of it next year.

Amazingley the soil is easy to work, clay based as per the rest of the garden, but seems as though it has had sand added at some point- I believe the original owners had an alpine bed here.  Which I would love to do. 

I find an odd frone of MT elsewhere in the garden each year, but that is all- which I dig up  immediately.

The like periscope shoots in early spring,- I cover with a bag best I can and remove the top to stop the spores spreading.  Probably only avout 15-20 of those.

Just that one large border with the problem- guessing it was introduced with imported soil or manure at some point.

this year they are nearly ready to treat but this time the border has more rubbish weeds as above- too which I thought I should treat first to ensure the MT gets my full undivided attention.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:49

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As you can see from the photo- kurtail did nothing- other than fool you in to thinking it had worked by burning the tops off.  teh following year it was back to its normal self.
This is the photo of the bed the following spring after using Kurtail- the Kurtail had not done anything. 

Last year tried again with Kurtail - this spring up they have come again.  Originally it was called kibosh- so maybe the ingredients in that were different and worked- but not under the name Kurtail.  I can't understand how it worked for you?

Others are saying glysophate works, if the MT are trappled and a spot of washing up liquid is used in the sprayer.  The brand Roundup (gylsohate) has worked for some gardeners if used 2 years running

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