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Cutting / moving a clematis.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 15:16

They often flower a second time later on and you can trim them back a bit then to keep them in check. They differ from the larger flowering summer ones in that they don't flower on the current year's new growth - that's why those ones get cut back at this time of year. Generally speaking, they fall into two groups - Group 2 s flower in spring/early summer and then again in late summer/early autumn, and the Group 3 s are mainly summer till early autumn and only flower once.  People often like to grow one of each of those together to get a succession of flowers right through from spring till autumn. 

Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 15:00

Lottie I've just bumped up the thread for you. It should be on the first page of latest posts now and the pix are on page 24 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:58

Bumping this up so that new people can see the pinching out pix 

They're on page 24 of the thread

Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:55

It just means nipping out the growing tip with your finger and thumb once the plant has two or three clear sets of leaves Lottie. If you can find DavidK's sweet pea thread on here, I think he posted some pix to give people an idea.It'll probably be around page 2, 3 or 4 of 'latest posts' as it's very popular. Or, if you put 'sweet peas' into the search window at the top of the page, it might bring it up more easily. 

Cutting / moving a clematis.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:49

By your description I'm guessing it's a montana Lottie. If you google it, you'll see if that matches what you have. The flowers are smaller than the big summer flowering types.

You can cut it right back to a size that's suitable for you just now and it will grow again, it just means you'll sacrifice the flowers this year, and it may take a year or two to get back to a decent size. A bit of food after you've chopped it will give it a boost. They're not normally pruned at all except to keep them where you want them, and they're pretty tough. I take it you're putting up another support for it and not moving it?

Sun or shade?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:42

I think it would depend on what sort of partial shade Peegee. If you mean it has other planting in front of it which would limit the amount of direct sun it gets, it might not do quite so well. If it's simply that it gets plenty of sun but for a limited number of hours then I think it would probably be fine. 

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:36

Vivdev - that made me laugh. Perhaps she's making sure he washes properly under his wings...


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:27

Dove - it'll need to be a helluva size of Mars bar....

Andy - I already have Almost Black and Beaujolais for the darks, and White Frills, White Ensign, Anne Gregg and Jilly for the whites and creams.  My sister is called Jill so if she's very good (or I don't like them ) I may give her some of those.... 

Making good progress on the biggest raised bed so I'm hoping to put some in there. Nice sunny fence. Will do a couple of pots as well I think. Put some more plants in this morning, and planted the rest of my bulbs...did you hear that nut.. Still not found the little anemones though  

Will need yet more compost - I've got a little bit that I've made but I'm keeping that for later. It's a bottomless pit this bed, but on the plus side, I will need a couple more plants so a trip to the nursery beckons. Wanted a Peony, but didn't think I'd have room, and someone's just posted about them so that's made up my mind. It can go where some of the narcissus are just now 

Peony flop

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:15

As Bilje says, we've all had to do a bit of damage limitation when we've forgotten to get supports in early enough so whatever you use put it in place sooner rather than later. Simple bamboo canes with string will do if you don't want to buy anything - they're not the most effective or pretty but they soon get covered by foliage. Like Berghill's idea - if you have a buddleia which has been, or is about to be pruned, the offcuts will do a similar thing. 

Just watch out for them 'taking' - you'll have a few extra buddleias!

Monty's box hedging

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:39

I doubt if he chooses which gardens he goes to John!

I'm not commenting on the box blight issue other than to say - any gardener who can honestly say they've never made mistakes, no matter how much experience they have, is probably telling porkies. I think it's refreshing when people hold their hand up and say - well I tried this and look what happened. As gardeners we often wing it - sow things a bit late, prune things too early, plant things in the wrong soil and the wrong location,  don't get our bulbs in at the right time - the list goes on and on. It's how we learn.

No one gets it right day in day out, year after year. 

And I think we expect a bit too much from a half hour of telly once a week. You can please some of the people, some of the time.....


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