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Security/Wildlife Hedging

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:28

But just remember Sam - you're putting in a gate. The intruders will simply scale that. It's the weak point, so you'll have to make sure it's very secure, and you can only do that when you're on the inside of it. 

Poorly viburnum!

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 18:52

Are there any dogs/cats around - animals 'spraying' on shrubs can be a real nuisance. Urine cans cause damage to foliage. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:52

That sounds like you have a bit of hope now Lyn - at least you can get a bit of a break.

It's vital you get some respite too. Love to you all x 

Pinch out Clematis?

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:39

I've only ever pruned clematis at the time they need pruning. Some varieties when young can produce a lot of growth at the expense of flowers so you can cut some of that back during the growing season, but I've only done it on reasonably mature plants - ie a couple of years old. 

Young plants are largely making roots in the first couple of years, and planting deeper helps to encourage that Jinxy. Once they get to three years old or so, they're producing more growth in general. It does depend on variety though. Some plants get to a decent flowering size quicker than others, and your own soil conditions and management of the plant will also dictate that. Perennials are the same really - they don't generally reach full size for at least a couple of years from being in a small pot. 

Plug plants are a long way from being full sized clematis, that's why these offers are cheap. When you buy a clematis in a GC or  a nursery at £10/£12 or more, what you're paying for is the time that a nursery has spent on that plant, nurturing it from tiny beginnings to a full sized specimen ready to go.

Essentially - you're doing the nursery's work by potting on and looking after a small plant for 18 months or 2 years, till it's ready to cover a wall, obelisk or fence 


Clematis advice please

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:20

No need for tomato food Lorna  - their flowering season is now, and that's what tom food is for  

Prep the planting hole well as steve says, ie compost and B,F&B mixed in, and pop them in. A mulch after watering is beneficial.  They don't need much attention other than training new growth where you want it. They can be slow to start off with, but once they find their feet they romp away. 

Pinch out Clematis?

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 12:48

Clematis aren't the same as annuals. Pinching out an annual will help it develop more flowering stems so that it does a better job for it's single growth season. Clematis are more like shrubs in the sense that you prune them to develop the mature plant. This also promotes new growth, but it's different from the growth produced by an annual as it's in order to create the eventual structure for flower buds to form.  They are long term plants so you're building their future. 

Hope that makes sense 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 12:37

Thank you Shirley - it's slightly different from when I moved in. It was all covered in the slabs and pink gravel that you can see in that pic, hence all the pots gathered in the middle. The clematis is Etoile Violette. It's a good doer. 

Hydrangea little lime 'jane'

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 08:05

I'd agree with Tetley, Steve. It's the same for any plant really - the sizes are a guide rather than a definitive statement. Location and soil conditions will dictate  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat. Enjoy your 'nice bit of squirrel' tonight! 

Clari - will you be dib, dib, dibbing? The allergy thing is a bit of a nightmare nowadays. 

Slightly better looking day today so I might even get something done outside later for a few minutes.

Off to work soon so have a good day everyone. 

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 07:56

Paul - for clematis, it's the depth that's more important really to allow roots to get down deep. It's why clematis don't do so well in shallow areas. When potting on any plant, always go just a size 'up' if you know what I mean - ie, don't take a plant in a 3" pot and put it in a 10" one. It allows roots to develop evenly and fill the pot nicely and support top growth. Keeping them sheltered from weather while small is also important, whatever the plant, until they're big enough for the big bad world  

Just check what aspect your particular clematis do best in as well, when you plant them out. Some are happy in any aspect, some need a bit of shade or the flowers bleach, some need a sheltered position. Giving them the optimum conditions will give them the best chance to do well. 

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