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Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:17

Tie it in to your trellis where you want it to cover gaps, with new growth it's soft enough to weave in an out. If you have more room beside your trellis, you can add wires to attach it to. I've done that in the past - even along a lowish fence. I simply wove the new growth up and down and along the wires so that the fence was covered. Montanas will easily cover a 50 foot length of fence or more. 

The flowers appear on older growth, so the bigger the framework of branches, the more flowers you'll get. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:08

Oh I know they will Joyce - I've had building work done in every house I've been in, and it doesn't faze me, but it's a few years since the last lot and I've got used to normality!  The grass was only sown last summer so they'll be warned not to keep crossing it - or else....

Once the side fence is down it will be better ...she said hopefully  

Warm and hazy sounds good archie. Chilly here with the wind.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:54

We regularly have a roast Clari - but not at weekends. Girls aren't here usually, and if I'm walking I'm often late home, so we do it during the week on  a night when we're all here. The girls enjoy it and older fairylet can do the whole thing herself - sometimes does it when they're at their dad's during holidays  

Haven't caught up with everyone's doings so I'll have a read back. Have we heard any news of Hosta yet?  

obelixx  - know what you mena about the mess - especially sanding plaster.  I'm about to embark on a couple of months of it now as the builders start on Thursday with my extension. I'm already p****d off at where they've put the barrow and cement mixer etc. and the fact that they took them across the grass instead of using the path.  I should be used to it but I hate the thought of it. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:45

Mine were sown two weeks ago in pots and put in the growhouse. They aren't through yet but I wouldn't expect that as we've had fairly cold temps. 

I rarely even do that as I usually sow direct in late April -  they grow away  just as quick. 

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:39

Group 2s don't need much pruning - generally a little tidy up after the first flush of flowers and you should get another flush again in late summer.

If it's a montana, you don't need to prune at all unless it's outgrowing it's space. You can prune to suit, but bear in mind that if you prune it right back it will take a while to come back to a decent size and you'll lose a flowering period along the way. They're 'designed'[ to be big and sprawling to cover arbours, sheds, pergolas etc, as opposed to growing up against a fence or wall, or an obelisk.

If the flowers are quite small it's more likely to be a montana. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 16:05

Looks like hellebore argutifolius (corsican hellebore) Sparkles. Did it have greeny flowers or were they too faded by the time you saw them?

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:53

He can climb up the back using the planting that's there Pat. He sneaked down the back of the cage when he'd had his lunch  

Lovely to have a vole Joyce- did you see MrJ's pic on the camera thread recently? He's been feeding him/her and thinks there are young as well  

Any idea what type of bush this is?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:37

You could remove some lower branches completely and reduce it's width that way. As Hosta says - they can sometimes give up the ghost if cut back too far, although the smaller leaved varieties like that are usually tougher than the larger types. 

Sweet peas

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:34

Have they been undercover Emily or are they already outdoors? If the former, get them used to the cooler temps first (hardening off) as it will be a bit of a shock to them. Outside through the day and in at night for a few days and keep them sheltered initially if it's a windy wild site. 

Otherwise, you can plant them against a wall or fence where they get sun and/or a bit of shade. Nice deep fertile soil and canes or netting or wires for them to grow up. If you have an obelisk in a border you can use that too.  

You can also grow them in containers, just make sure they're a good size and depth. A tripod of 6 foot canes (or similar)  for support. Keep them moist and when they start flowering, use tomato food or something similar to keep them happy. I use around 6 to 8 plants in a 15 inch pot - any more than that and they get crowded. They get quite substantial as the season goes on  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:27

Done my chores outside and in - area cleared well enough for builders, and other bits and bobs potted up and rearranged. 

Hope the snow isn't lasting Liri. It missed us - further north yesterday and today. 

I tried the ankles crossed, uppy downy. Found it quite easy - or was I doing it wrong? 

I was able to do the palms on the ground with straight legs too obelixx, although I haven't tried it for a while. It used to fascinate friends when I was little. They must have been easily pleased! Glad you had a good break - it's a pain having to come back and do 'stuff' again though

Was wondering where you were Hosta. Hope it goes well tomorrow. It'll soon be over and you'll be running around like a mad March hare again. Or an April one... 

I do very little weeding  - lots of ground cover to save me all that bending!

Had a cheeky little visitor while I was out there

The robin was really p****d off   

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