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Clematis Pruning

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:34

They're happier in the ground arthur, as they can access nutrients and water more easily, so if you keep it in a pot, you'll have to make sure it's big enough and that you change the compost/soil each year, otherwise the pot will be full of roots and not much else. Think it's a Group 2 - so light pruning. You can prune it back a bit now if it's finished flowering, (it'll flower again later this year) and then in late winter/early spring to keep it to a manageable size and give it the best chance of performing well.

I'd get it into a bigger pot though. That will help with nutrition. Then keep it well fed and watered 

Hydraenga Advice

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:26

That I be Verd ...perhaps I'm Cornish.....

Pittosporum help!

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:25

I would love some of these Heather but the climate here wouldn't. Some of them aren't very hardy and they don't do well in areas which have prolonged cold, wet winters. Could that be your problem there too?  


Hydraenga Advice

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:19

Perhaps it's  a plant that's been 'forced', been undercover, and flowered earlier  Verd. Think someone else had a similar issue recently.

We're in the latter category here Katherine. All these tv shows that say 'keep the seed/flower heads on plants  overwinter  for a lovely display' chance of that. I tidy mine or they look like sludge by Christmas. 


Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:14

Afternoon/Evening all 

Hope you're ok Lesley. Difficult situation for you 

The sun has made a brief appearance....just as well. Barely in double figures this morning and only made it to fourteen this afternoon. What's that about - don't 'they' know it's July?  

I have one of those bits too Topbird....natural corner is a nicer name for it  

Off to see what  I've missed while I've been out earning some dosh 

Moving a log pile

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:30

Looks good Victoria - nice timber. Lots of bug friendly bits

I did the same with a sad damaged cherry tree I inherited and dug out when I moved here. The big bits edge an area by the shed, and the small bits are stacked up behind it. 

Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:27

Don't think I would be covering them - too hot and humid. At this time of year - outside in a sheltered spot would be better I would have thought, unless the weather's vile like it is here. 

I think they'd revert too, which is probably why they're normally grafted.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:45

I thought the prog was ok. Nothing new - wasn't expecting that anyway. Hogweed's right - basic design principles etc. I doubt the grass will ever be any better but it gives the owners something nicer to look at and easy for them to maintain, so they'll use it and enjoy it which are the most important points.

. Presenter was so so but  the gardener bloke was nice enough and not all 'look at me' I'm a big star now. 

I give it 7 out of 10 

I have a variegation issue!

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:40

I'm  a champion chucker nut. I take no **** from anything or anyone any more 

There's a Bergenia here that's on a final warning 

I'd chuck the willow too for the reasons nut gives. In fact - I'd have chucked it right at the start. I hate those variegated ones 

Choose things you really want shoecake, rather than just keeping stuff because it's free. It's not always beneficial.


Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:34

No chance of thinking I'm a boy Edd....unless I'm bluffing everyone 

Morning all - by the way  

Can you turn the soaker hose off here too fidget 

Off to work in  a moment or three as well. Will catch you all later. have a good day 

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