Latest posts by Fairygirl

Stopping squirrels

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 07:53

Chicken wire or netting over the containers at planting time is the only way to stop them. They'll tend to go for smaller bulbs, but don't usually dig deep enough for things like daffs which will be lower down. 

If you listen to the Archers ....

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:53

As long as you both support each other you'll get there MrJ. Those 'Chinese whispers' are always a problem. Glad you got that sorted. 

And you have that lovely bank vole to keep you enthralled 

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  

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