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Clematis - group 1 help

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:14

Hi joanna - most montanas are the big guns of the clematis world, used for covering sheds, garages, ugly fences etc. They flower on old growth, so constantly pruning them means you lose the stems which would carry the flowers in the following spring. Usually, you would train them onto the structure they're on,  weaving the stems in and out and tying them in as you go. You can do that horizontally to get better coverage. A framework of wires helps - I see you have something on your fence. Unlike most of the other clematis, they have a woody framework all  year round, and the flowers will appear on that each year. If it's outgrowing it's space, you just prune to keep it in check.

Freckles  probably won't get as big as the montana, but train it onto the fence in the same way to create the framework which it will have all year round. It flowers earlier and you can tidy it then if you need to.

Hope that's of some use. 

Last edited: 12 June 2016 21:15:34

Climber for a north facing fence

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:02

They're spectacular when in flower ppauper. The clue's in the title - 'grandiflora' ...

Girl across the road from me has one covering her garage. I can see it from my front windows. It's beautiful just now. 

I planted some on  the long front boundary fence of my last house. I might take a drive out there and see if they've grown a bit - unless the rabbits have got to them. They tried their hardest at the time. Chicken wire cages round 'em!


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 20:57

Joyce - with a bit of luck there'll be thunder, lightning and a plague of frogs when the cretin arrives....

Newly,planted seeds

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:08

I was wondering when you'd pop in Hosta 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:07

Gorgeous Joybell.   

I think many hostas are perfectly happy in sun as long as they have enough moisture below. 


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:43

Evening all. All my trips to various places done, including carpet ordering for bedroom. Dried up here and quite cool so more digging done instead of housework.  No pickaxe required today 

Made sense to do it - ground all prepped now for gravel paths etc. I'll need a couple of bulk bags. 

Have a good journey Lesley - think you've timed it well. Bit of rain to come this week so your plants should be fine.

Glad all went well for DD, BL. Must be a relief when it's over though. 

I have a white border too obelixx. I like the calmness of it. Still  a work in progress as one end is where I've been getting building work done. It's east facing, but gets some sun in the afternoon from spring to autumn. Dicentra, Thalictrum, Hydrangea (oak leaf), Geraniums, Foxgloves, Actea, Spirea arguta, Hostas, spring bulbs in cream/white, snowdrops, native primulas, Pachysandra, and other low growing stuff. Lots of different foliage shapes - mainly green, but some green/cream variegated things too. I'm adding a Viburnum and a few other things this year in the new bit. I think it's worth doing and experimenting. 

I must look at your links. Your sewing will be slightly fancier than what I do at work...  

Think you deserve a break chicky. Glad your Dad is improving 


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:21

No one here is  over 27 Kitty...we just stay in limbo...

You know what they say about gardeners anyway ....we don't die, we just go to pot....

hornbeam leaves being eaten?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:04

I'm sure it'll be fine Simon. Lovely hedge - hornbeam's one of my favourites 

Watering newly planted Honeysuckle

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:02

Morning Sheps  

No need to add extra feed if you've done the B,F & B. That will keep them going for a good while, especially as there's no competition from other plants just now  

Decent rain will water them well too - it would be different if you had a lot of 'canopy' or other, lower planting that prevented the rainwater  penetrating. Often people think they don't need to water pots, for instance, if it's been raining, but they don't realise the dense foliage prevents it getting through. Plants like Hostas and Fatsias can suffer too as the water just rolls off the leaves.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:57

I would have been in my bed well before you Kitty. I've never really been able to do late nights.

Even when I was a lot younger than 27.....

Hope you feel better today Dove. Brekkie sounded good. I haven't had any yet. I've kind of forgotten... 

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