Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:17
Hello again folks I'm back from the GC and farm shop, and I think I've sussed the problem with my clematis HF Young. It's covered with buds but they've all turned brown and died. I gave it (and all the other clematis) their usual dose of FB&B early on, then the Clematis Food, but what with Pa's funeral etc I didn't realise that the very dry April meant that the fertiliser wasn't getting absorbed into the ground and picked up by the roots - the others have been ok but HF Young has lots of other plants around it's 'lower half' which will have kept any rain off the soil and I didn't think to water I've just bought a soaker hose for the shady bank and set that up so that they all get a good regular watering from now on, and will give HF Young a good dose of tomato feed. I looked for a straight soluble potash at the GC but they didn't have one, and I guess the tomato feed will be more balanced. I'll snip all the dead buds off 'cos they look horrid, and with a bit of luck and a following wind, not to mention a lot more tlc we'll get a second flush - cross your fingers for me folks.