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Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:59

Charley that would be fine for a Clematis. Don't be put off by what we've said about having them in pots. It's just that they thrive better in the ground, which makes it easier to maintain them. As long as you give them enough food and water you can grow Clematis successfully in a pot that size. I was constructing raised beds last year so I had three of them in pots from about May. I mentioned one already, but I had an Etoile Violette in a 12" plastic pot  which grew well and  flowered all summer. I just had to be vigilant - especially with watering - but I had other plants in pots shading it's roots which helped enormously. Here's a pic -you can see there's plenty of buds. It had only been in the pot a short while and made plenty of growth :




Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:46

Birdy - I think for most people - it's not been much of a winter for getting out and about in the garden or anywhere else really! Here's hoping we get some decent weather and the ground starts drying out. 

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:43

ddoris - that sounds quite like 'squinty' that we had in our garden. His beak didn't close very well either. He always seemed to be on his own. I always liked to make sure there was enough food available for him as I think he was bullied by other birds quite a bit.

What are we like ...


rose pruning - sealant?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:40

Can't give you any advice on the rose I'm afraid, but I hope you're getting on ok dj  

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:31

Glad you found that Edd - thought I was having a senior moment....

I like the white ones so I may get some for the shady  borders, they'll mix well with crocus and snowdrops etc. and give a little ray of light in late winter 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:28

I'd be inclined to do the same as nut. I'd just take out anything dead and see what happens. I only have one fern at present, which I transplanted from beneath the shed last summer. Not looked at it recently though.

Nice to 'see' you again Birdy. Hope you've been ok  

How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:24

I'd agree with Verd. About three years for bare root hedging. I put a Hornbeam one into a previous garden, and even the ones in between mature trees were looking pretty good after that time. I had to work harder with them initially. The ones on the 'good' bit of boundary romped away very quickly. Lots of rain here though! They had plenty of compost and B, F and B into each hole. They were 60cm whips.  I've just done Blackthorn in this garden, slightly bigger whips, and they're looking quite happy but I wouldn't expect them to look brilliant for another couple of years. You're doing all the right things and will have something lovely before you know it Duncan. 

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:18

Are you saying I'm a dog Tracey.....

Ooh petrol Edd 

The white spirit at work as well....

Love Basil and Thyme.

And the way soil smells in spring and summer after a heavy shower 

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:39

I'm sure I've seen a dark one Edd but it may have been a different type and not the drumstick. I'm not keen on pastel colours so mine will be going by the shed..

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:32

Edd- there's a nursery called Barnhaven Primroses which specialise. Just had a little look - although the red one looks a bit mauvey. Search 'denticulata' on their site and you'll see them. 

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