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Clematis Montana

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:09

Can't go far wrong with Etoile Violette, Dove. More reddish purple than DD ( which is my preference anyway) but stunning and so easy. I'd never be without it in any garden.

I don't think any montana would ever be happy in a pot long term either. The glory of them is the fact that they ramble and spread and look fabulous - even if only for a short while - and they need room down below to achieve that.

Sorry GD - we all seem to be raining on your parade!  


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:15

I'd go with Obelixx's suggestion. Much nicer to look at, and no fear of having to prevent them taking over the world either  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:00

Been out hacking too Obelixx - and not the 'on horseback' kind. 

Got loads done, although not the actual job I set out to do. Very mild as there was no wind, and eight degrees. Perfect for snipping, pruning and lopping and such.  Dennis junior was getting seriously hacked off with me as I was in his way and he was hungry...again. He gets a 'right face' on him....

He's very sweet though - I'm very fond of him  

Dividing Iris reticulata and Crocus clumps

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:35

The reticulata irises tend to diminish each year anyway James, so it's often best to just discard them after they start flowering poorly. Usually two or three years is the best you get.

I've had mine in pots for three years and they're pretty haphazard at the moment, so I'll replace them with new ones or something else this autumn. I love them though  

Clematis Montana

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:25

I wasn't that keen on DD when I had it - a more bushy habit, and harder to get opened out and climbing. It didn't want to do that at all. 

I wasn't too unhappy when it turned up it's toes  

We don't get any signs of life on montanas till April up here, but as you're so much further south, and with the mild winter everywhere, I thought yours should be a little further on GD. Not the best clematis  for a pot though. Great on a pergola or over a shed or somewher it can scramble away. I loved the one I had in the garden round the corner - all along a fence and over a gateway, as well as up round the back door. It made a bid for world domination  

White mould on leather gloves

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:17

Mine too doc!

I must re do the roof this year....

My gloves (not that I wear them very often) are always like that so I don't keep them in the shed. 

plants to cover a north facing fence belonging to my neighbour.

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:15

As already mentioned - the fence isn't yours. Please make sure you discuss it with your neighbour first as it can lead to all sorts of problems.

Alternatively, screen it on your side with shrubs, or erect another fence of your own for climbers. I personally don't like hydrangea pet.  on fences - they don't do it justice, and it suits walls much better, but that's a personal thing. It will certainly need a very strong structure anyway - it gets very big if it's happy  

what is gardening?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:10

I'm not doing your work for you fakel....gardeners have enough to do as it is.....

The GW flickr group

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:06

I used to use Photobucket to post photos here, but since the site's been updated, it's an internal function, although it's very hit and miss re the size for uploading, which makes it much more complicated.

I believe people prefer to view photos in the post, rather than having to go to a separate site. It makes it very awkward if someone's asking for ID, for example, and you have to keep looking elsewhere rather than scrolling up and down to look. Maybe I'm just lazy....

Just my thoughts of course. 

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:01

That'll only happen in my house Verd...when the heating's on...

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