Fairygirl


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Are these climbers dead?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:08

aym - it isn't Boston Ivy - not in the pic janer was showing! 


And if it's dead - the issue's solved anyway  

Last edited: 05 March 2017 09:12:52

Are these climbers dead?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:06

Can't see that well enough janer2, but it's not Boston Ivy.


The building I work in has had that growing on it for many decades - and it's still standing aym. Victorian house are often covered in it, and it's cousin Parthenocissus/Virginia Creeper, with no issue . They've all been around a while  


There are often scaremongering stories about ivy of all kinds. As is often the case, a little common sense - and maintenance - is all that's required   


Mind you - so many modern houses are made of cardboard and glue, so perhaps they're not such good subjects for it! 

Are these climbers dead?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 08:56

I think you're right nut. I didn't really look closely at the pic of the 'ivy', and just saw the trellis....


 It does look like a clematis as well. Boston Ivy leaves a 'tracery of stems' clinging to the structure it's growing on. New growth comes from that. We have it covering the building I work in. 


Montana's new growth comes from the existing framework which is there all the time. The early flowering clematis, in general, are like that as they don't get pruned in the same way as the later ones. Later ones produce new stems for flowering,  but growth also come from the existing stems which get pruned back around this time of year.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 08:41

When heading north - it's deer that you meet on the road. Although they're not actually confined to more northern areas - we used to get them scuttling the narrower roads en route to school/work when we lived  further away, and it wasn't in the most rural bits either, so it was always a bit of a surprise 


Pheasants aren't the brightest are they, Dove?   


The nutties are an absolute delight LG. I feel very priviledged to have them as they're not common up here at all  


Good luck with your plans - whatever they might be, and more importantly - collectiing the bin....


It's very calm here today . We've had very little rough stuff this winter, so no real damage or issues, for a change. I'm even considering putting the washing out as it's sup[posed to be fairly dry with even a little...sun...

Tomato seedling leaf folded

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 08:33

This sometimes happens when the seed casing is still attached to the leaves, preventing them separating properly. That's what it sounds like from your description anyway.  


It usually comes away as the seedling grows and produces it's proper first pair of leaves. 

Are these climbers dead?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 08:30

No - Boston ivy's deciduous. It's also quite hard to kill  


The first clematis is possibly a montana, which looks dead at this time of year until you get the little shoots appearing at the leaf joints. A well established one will be absolutely fine, so don't worry too much. You should see some growth soon.


Check the other one by scratching a little of the 'dead' looking woody part. As has been said, if there's a bit of green there, it'll be fine. Water is essential for good clematis growth, so if you're in  a dryish area, or the clematis is in a dry part of the garden, just make sure it's watered in long dry spells, and add a mulch afterwards to keep it happy.


In any case, if you don't know what varieties they are, wait till they flower and post some pix, and you'll get a bit of help with the ID. That will help with the pruning regime and any maintenance in future.  


I'm wondering why the Boston Ivy has a trellis - it's self clinging, so no need for any. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 07:44

I must be weird because I love driving when it's dark, especially in the morning when I can see the sun rising as I go along - when it's not obscured by cloud and mist, of course - and the changes as the light comes in. 

Slabs on top of gabion

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 07:41

I'd agree - you'd need to mortar them in place, although raisingirl's suggestion of the paving being the  top layer, so that you can adjust them, might be the best solution initially.


Not sure if gabions do settle much over time - if they're done correctly, they shouldn't, but they don't usually have paving on top so it's maybe best to try the method which allows you to make some adjustment before cementing them in place. 

Feeding the soil

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 07:34

I find it best to feed the soil, rather than individual plants, with the additon of plenty of compost and well rotted manure, then I can simply use a general feed in spring (B,F&B) and some tomato food for the heavy flowering plants like clematis. Every time I plant something new, or move a plant, it gets plenty of compost in the hole. Over time, it improves the soil and it's structure.


It's definitely the best long term solution. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 07:28

Are you on a driving shift today Hosta, or on a till?


I miss driving if I don't get walking. Funny how it was something that worried me initially when I started walking again on my own, mainly because I thought I'd be knackered, but I love it. All part of the day 

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