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Clematis only flowering at top

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 21:36
I planted a Montana grandiflora last autumn and it has grown very happily up a 6 foot fence and then along for another metre but not one solitary flower. It is against a south facing fence and gets a lot of sun and I keep its feet cool. I have 3 other clematis Jackson? in a not very good spot and that only gets the sun at the top so only flowers at the top on its specially built horizontal support where it is splendid. They get cut down in February. So the Montana was put in a really good place for a clematis but no flowers. I am really puzzled. Any suggestions as to why?

Rose in a poor environment

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:27
Thank you for the advice. My roses come from David Austen but I did not choose them very carefully. My garden is so small there is no where to move them and everything else is doing OK especially the Kew from David Austen of which I have 3 in a small bed and they are glorious. So I will potash the roses and feed them very well for one more year. If I have to give up on them I will choose more carefully next time and as I will not be able to put a rose where there was recently a rose then I will put one in a large pot. I actually fancy having one in a pot on wheels so I can chase the sun round my little garden. Thanks again.

Rose in a poor environment

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:05
I have two roses that don't do well. They are 3 and 4 years old. I have a Bulgarian handyman and he grew up on a rose farm in Bulgaria. He tells me that my roses are growing in a poor environment and do not get enough sun. So either I improve their environment or I take them on a holiday to Bulgaria. First food of the year I am told should be phosphorus. I have got TOMORITE and Miracle Gro Rose and Shrub continuous release plant food. Will either of these fit the bill or should I buy something else? Incidentally the bad environment is a small inner city garden with heavy clay soil, north facing and little air circulation due to high fences and high building.

drooping hypericum

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:42
Thank you Verdun and nutcutlet. I will prune in a few weeks time according to the weather.

drooping hypericum

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:04
Hi Nutcutlet and Verdun. I do not have a mobile phone to send a photo.
I found the original label and it says Hypericum patulum `Hidcote`.

It is spreading from the roots as I had someone here who took a cutting at ground level late last year.

How it looks? They look as though they are cow-towing to the opposite fence. I don't think it is ground hugging though.

drooping hypericum

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 13:32
Happy New Year! Last year I bought 2 hypericums for the semi shady side of my garden. They did very well except that they both grow straight up for about 20 - 30 cms, which is about the height they were when they arrived, and from then on they grow and almost a 45 degree. I do not know whether this is stretching towards the afternoon sun or maybe the wind swirling around my little garden or maybe they are just sad. What to do? Move them? Tie them up or give up on them? Any advice is welcome.

does rootgrow go off?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 09:02

I bought some Rootgrow 2 years ago and use it when I plant roses and shrubs. I have sealed the top of the pack as best as possible and stored it in a cool dry place as instructed. Now I want to plant 2 clematis. Do you think the Roorgrow is OK to go on using?

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:19

I have just realised that you asked what I planted it in. It was put in ordinary potting compost. Could that cause the problem?

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 14:47

Not a silly question philipa smith 2 as I did not when I first put it in and someone pointed out my mistake on the same day...........fortunately. I don't have enough room for an oak tree in my tiny garden so maybe it needs rescuing?

Under watering is a distinct possibility  Fleurisa,as I have under watered other plants.

For a relatively new gardener it is difficult to know what to water and when. I get told that if I water too much I make the roots lazy and if I water too much I dehydrate the plants and make them ill. Such a steep learning curve.

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:14

I rescued a tiny oak sapling last year and planted it in a barbeque ice bucket and it thrived but then it got powdery mouldy patches(?) all over the leaves. So I took off those leaves and more grew back and it looked splendiferous and now the mouldy powdery patches are back. I think the tree must be about 3 years old.

What are these patches and when can I do about them?

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