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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Clematis rubens montana pruning

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:48

I'd agree with Sandra. You can cut montanas back as much as you want really. Once they get going they can be rampant so don't be frightened to get stuck in! You can just shape it to the area you want or give it a good chop. You may lose a bit of flowering next year if you cut it back hard but that's all.

Design advice

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:43

Do you have a built in drainage channel in the paving? The paviours should be laid so that there is a natural fall for rainwater to drain away.  You could site your rockery taking that into account if you don't want to lift any, although I'd agree with Bob that lifting some is the best idea especially if it's going to be quite big. 

Leylandii Cypressus?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:37

Sounds like that might be the problem Bob- I was about to say ground too wet and I read your post thinking I was wrong until I saw the last bit!

If you can get one out and have a look Carol - or just see how the ground feels round about - it might give you the answer. If the ground's really wet or boggy you might be struggling to get anything growing there without doing a bit of work to it first.

Bolting Broccoli

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:32

 I've had trouble stopping lettuce from bolting with this weather no matter how well they're watered. Not usually a problem up here in Scotland  - we normally have so much rain, so you're not alone bcosergio.

Poor plants - they don't know if it's New York or New Year this summer!  


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 12:07

Morning Verdi- it's as hot here as it is with you which is why I'm inside 

Think you and Tina are now talking at cross purposes as it's Calla lilies she has not Cannas...Honestly Verd - keep up love....

Have watered etc but no shade in the garden where I'm needing to graft so it will have to wait till weekend when it's to be cooler. Tomatoes are ripening like mad though!


What to put in this gap?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 11:48

The soil will need a lot of help if you want to get some plants in there as Wrightt says. Shrubs like rhodies will never give their best in sandy soil I'm afraid, so look for things that will take a tough situation. Pale colours will light up the area, so whites and pastel blues/yellows would do well, and variegated foliage often does best in shade as it can disappear with too much sun. Get some manure/compost etc into the ground and whatever you plant, water it well till established and use a good mulch. The more plants you put in, the more attention they'll need too.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 11:19

Damage has maybe been done with that lily Tina. Are they in pots? Perhaps move into a little shade in the hottest part of the day. I have a Ligularia in a big pot and they like a sunny spot but water retentive soil and I had to move it because it was wilting like mad. It has big foliage and it simply couldn't cope with the amount of sun because the roots have limited spread to get enough moisture for the top growth. It gets dappled shade through the morning now and is quite happy. 


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 11:10

I also had trouble with purples coming out much bluer than they really were Grace and I was using a camera. There are so many purple clematis  it might be hard to determine teh variety but I'd suggest looking at one of the clematis growers' sites like Taylor's who have good info and photos so you might get a positive ID there. You can search by colour for instance.

If you like it - just enjoy it anyway! I agree about cuttings - they can be a bit hit and miss so layering is possibly the best option. Good luck with it 


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:28

Tina - great news - you will be relieved.

punkdoc- enjoy your break. Looking very hot down Verd's way, although it was 22 degrees in the shade in my garden about and hour ago!  Take your knotted hankie!

Mrs G - heat getting to me - I was thinking of peruvian lilies- Alstroemerias. They're great value- in fact sometimes you can't get rid of them once you get them as I found at last house! I often get them as cut flowers too because they last such a long time.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 09:26

Woody I'm sending you extra fairy dust for the show- although the way it's been going lately maybe you'd be better without it!

GG glad all is ok and you're off on your hol. Dreadful the way our old people are often treated -  2nd class citizens nowadays.

Who'd have thought that living in South Wales you'd have to worry about the garden not getting enough water - same up here! 

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