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Cutting / moving a clematis.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:23

A great clematis nursery is Taylor's (they're online ) which many of us recommend on here even if it's just to look longingly at all the lovely varieties available! You'll find loads of info about their care as well as hundreds of beautiful plants. 

Beware though - they're very addictive. One is never enough!  


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:16

Been out all day and got a lot done so having a cuppa and a look at all the posts.before getting the dinner organised. 


White and spready sounds good enough for me. I've got Narcs.Silver Chimes and Thalia which I love so looking forward to them - they're all in pots and plonked in the biggest raised for now. They'll get split up and put in other beds as I go along. 

Not sure which peony yet chicky -   I don't like pastel pinks, and the plummy red one is in everyone's garden round here, so it'll be a white - probably Duchesse de Nemours which is a double and well scented. They have it at the nursery - I'd earmarked it last year. Laura Dessert is another white which is nice but I may have to get that online. Not seen it down there. The bed has lots of deep purples and whites - my Irises are going in there - and I've put  the clematis in that I got last year - need a couple more of them though, probably some earlier ones, and I'll put some sweet peas along the fence too.

Thanks for the pic of the bulbs. Glad you got use of the voucher. 

Thanks to Folks on the Forum

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:01

It's looking great Forester, but as philippa says, you still had to do the work so take some credit for yourself 

They're good on here though, aren't they? 

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 15:40

Maybe she makes him sleep in a separate nest if he doesn't Viv! 

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. 

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