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When To feed 5 year old clematis in a pot

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:32

They just need more attention when they're in pots Penny. Most plants are the same. Refreshing the top couple of inches will certainly help  (  you can do that when you prune and tidy for the new season) and after doing that, add your B,F&B and water well, then apply a good mulch of bark or well rotted manure or similar, and that will help to retain the moisture  


Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:27

I should have added - if you can post a pic and give us an idea of the aspect and size of the area etc, that will help with other advice too  

A pergola is another option, but that can be more complicated.


Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:24

Hi again Cathy - I think DHR and I have posted on your other thread!

I built a screen in my back garden as it's fairly exposed to  the boundaries. I have a fairly wide path behind it, with another borderinside the boundary fence.

 It might be worth doing something similar a couple of feet to the inside of your fence. You can then plant climbers or whatever you want on it, and it'll screen the brats, errr sorry - the  darling cherubs, from looking in.  

Mine is quite substantial, but a few posts with trellis and/or wires would do the job, especially if you have a sizeable distance to cover. . 

When To feed 5 year old clematis in a pot

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:01

Hi Penny - usual practice is to replace the top couple of inches of soil/compost every year with fresh stuff as that helps right away. That would be the itme to add your B,F&B too.

Depending on the varieties you have, and when they flower, it's a good idea to feed them leading up to their flowering time with something like tomato food, or a specialist clematis food, to help promote flowering. When you see buds forming, that's the time to start, and once flowers start to open, you can stop. Probably once every couple of weeks or so for that type of feed would be fine. 

Green paint suggestion

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 18:49

The only drawback with the sprayer BM - the paint you use for it is thinner. I bought it by mistake when I first painted my raised beds, and it doesn't last. I eventually realised and got the right one. Huge difference since I repainted. 

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 18:46

Cathy - I totally sympathise. The number of times we've had this conversation at work about disrespectful, inconsiderate behaviour....

I even had to report a postman to Royal Mail  - after I'd put a boundary fence up - who ran down the footpath in front of the houses and cut through my garden , before jumping over the fence to get to his van.

Flowers won't stop them - Mahonia is certainly a good deterrent (there are smaller varieties available, but Soft Caress doesn't have spikes, so avoid that one) as is Berberis - and there are some smaller varieties of that too. Make sure you get evergreens if possible - some berberis aren't, although they keep a jaggy framework through winter.

The alternative is a solid hedge of something like privet or laurel, but they require a bit more trimming, wheras the 'jaggy' suggestions can be left to form a slightly more informal hedge with occasional tidying. I put up a fence and also planted a Blackthorn hedge, which gets a tidy up every so often.

It depends how much time you have to spend, and generally speaking, I think people want to just have a tidy front garden and spend more time in their back one.  It is very depressing, but the sooner you get a good barrier in place, the better it will be for your own wellbeing 

PS - I hope you've reported the ignorant dog owner to the relevant council dept. I had to do that several times too 

Green paint suggestion

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 12:49

wakeshine - I have 'willow' on my screen, and on my bench but the screen is all new wood, and the bench was sanded and stripped back first, so there was no, or very little,  paint residue on it. It definitely won't cover that horrible orange stuff. 

It would also be hideously expensive to paint big areas of fence!

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Neighbouring tree cut down, need some ideas to replace

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 12:47

Why not plant a buddleia yourself ?  

They're happy enough in a container as long as it's big enough. They thrive on neglect, so thye're much easier than a lot of other container plants.  

They need cut back in spring so that you get the best from them as they flower on the new growth. 

Green paint suggestion

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 12:33

I found the dark green ( Forest Green?)  didn't cover my 'orange' fences well at all. I use Black Oak for my raised beds and trellis, but I also mixed black into some of the green to make a bottle colour for the fences which worked better at covering the cedar colour. 

Think mine are Ronseal, but most of the brands are good.

Climbing Hydrangea

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 08:11

I'd agree with steephill. If it's petiolaris you have  - it covers house walls very easily once established. 

Fences really aren't  the right  support for them.

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