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Clematis help and Advice

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:17

They're dry. Clematis need a lot of water, and it's been very dry recently. Keep them well watered and a mulch afterwards will help retain it.

Darker foliage can also be caused by a bit of cold weather, although montanas sometimes have plummy foliage, and that's what the pink flowered one is.

They've been planted a bit close to the wall - that won't help with moisture retention.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:05

Chucking it doon here Joyce  

Nice and steady though, so grand for the plants. I moved a potentilla the other day - fully in flower. It doesn't even know it's been shifted. Up at Beinn an Lochain, R and be thankful. Cracking afternoon, although a bit chilly in the exposed bits. The hill's - not mine 

I'll do a few photos on camera thread. The ptarmigan hunkered right down and, no - you would have missed him once he was in among the rocks, hence their common name of rock ptarmigan. 

Village life eh Pat? It's fine unless the rumours become something unpleasant!

Shade loving plants

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 08:06
Brickman0430 says:

Love that brunnera Cloggie, I've just bought another one, Alexander's great, and have high hopes for it. Funny how some plants such as that lychnis thrive where they are'nt supposed to, I guess they don't read the rule books 😁

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 That's the problem with only sticking to books, Brickman   

Always good to experiment. As has been said - a bit of variation in height, shape and texture is necessary to stop a border looking 'flat'.  Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum) and white Dicentras are perfect for a shady border. Acteas for later in the year. All of those will give a bit of a glow at different times, although they do best in damper soil.

Gaultherias are also happy in quite a bit of shade. Evergreen, so useful if you don't want lots of gaps over winter. 

Shrub ID

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:57

If there are flowers! 

Doesn't look like any  buddliea to me either. Looks like a random sapling of something. Are those flower buds of something else, or is it more foliage emerging? 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:51

Never seen either of those on that hill before Dove. It was a lovely little surprise. Ptarmigan are not usually that far south   

The camouflage is astonishing on birds - he tucked right in against the rocks when he realised I was there,  and if you didn't know he was there, you'd never have seen him. Isn't nature clever?  

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:45

They flower for such a long time that you can do whatever you want to them - they just keep flowering anyway. Autumn is ideal though, as has been said.  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:41

No - red/orange/yellow spectrum only for Geums. A plummy purple would be good - I'd certainly buy one!

Lovely pix everyone - I especially like the raindrop spattered hosta, Yvie 

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:37

I think they can be tricksy yarrow. They establish where they feel like it!

As far as I'm aware, they only produce one lot of flowers, but you should get a bit more growth after flwoering. They might spread a little this year. That one certainly looks happy enough.

I have a little clump for planting out which was a handful of dry pips bought for pennies a few years ago. It's had no attention, but has produced a lot of foliage this year. I'm hopeful it'll do something next year  


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:32

Early hours of Saturday morning, a first post, and a lovely little biography ....God loves a trier, as they say, pansyface 

Why have these leaves gone brown?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:30

Lots of my plants look like that every year! They recover. I've had to water lots of shrubs and plants  here - unheard of at this time of year   

Hydrangeas, in particular, are tough as old boots. New foliage will grow too, and before you know it, they'll be looking grand. 

Nowt to worry about Nick. A good drenching and a few warmer days will see them right   

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