Gardening Grandma

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Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 14:55

Flowergirl, if you want a riot of colour this summer, try planting Sweet Peas. You can just plant them around your clematis. It takes quite a long time for a clematis to cover a trellis and, depending on the size of the trellis, some will never get big enough - you'd need more than one. There's quite a lot to know about clematis, especially as there are so many  different varieties. You need to keep a record of which clematis you have, so that you will know how to prune it.  

Recycling compost from last years tomato growbags

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 07:44

Fascinating! You'd have had a tenner from GW for that idea in their section on gardening on the cheap!

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 19:48

Flowergirl your clematis has been instore and need to harden off before it can be planted, by being put outside in the day time (but not when it is very cold) and either taken indoors or put in a frost-free greenhouse in the nights. Personally, I don't like planting very young plants straight into the ground and would prefer to pot them on to grow on for another year into potting compost where they gind it easier to make plenty of root. Don;t let the top grow taller than about twelve inches, so that it can put its energy into making roots and also so that it produces multiple stems. If you do plant it into the ground, after hardening it off, dig a hole at least twice the size of the pot, sprinkle bonemeal into the bottom of the hole and fill around the roots with good soil. Plant the clematis (whether or not it is into a pot or the ground) with the top couple of inches of stem under the soil.

It might be an idea to tap the clematis out of its pot and have a look at the roots. If they are pretty small and do not fill the pot, the clematis can grow on in the existing pot for a while. Remember not to let the plant grow long stems or to flower and remember that clematis like their roots in shade and their tops in some sun.  For the first two years, they need to concentrate on making a strong root system. Garden centres let them grow and make flowers because this will make them easier to sell, but by cutting them back fairly hard and sacrificing the flowers, you are making an investment in their future.  

Can I train a rambling rose over an arch?

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 19:10

Thank you , Clogherhead and discodave. The rose is in full sun (when it shines). The soil is pretty good - fertile and heavyish,clayey but opened up with garden compost over the years.. Discodave, that's a very useful piece of advice! Tbe rose is only a couple of feet high because it was a cutting and needed to root and establish itself - but I think this year it will take off. You are right - I can cut off the bits I don't want and be pretty vicious if I want to. I presume it would be best to cut it back sraight after flowering.

Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 18:07

Different breed of slugs???

B******* Magpies

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 18:01

I'd be pleased to see anything - except those blasted gulls and magpies!

B******* Magpies

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:33

Thanks for the info, LearningSlowly (think I should have taken that nickname myself!) I won't be able to kill magpies. I can certainly see why a farmer would but I have the luxury of squeamishness.There are cats around here as well as magpies and my own two exciteable dogs, so I expect I'm on  a loser, but I'll keep trying. 

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 09:09

That would be true if they are reduced. If it is the original price, then if Morrisons are willing to put their name to them they are probably of a certain quality. Reduced bulbs are, in my opinion, a good buy and a cheap way of stocking your garden; you just have to accept that they will flower next year and just recover from the late planting this year.

Moving a rose

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 20:55

Thanks. So there need not be a growing bud - just a scar where the plant could possibly make a new bud?

Overgrown back garden

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 20:50

Aerate meaning to use your foot to drive the fork straight down into the lawn every few inches, so that it has lots of little holes. Then, when you throw the sand and compost onto the lawn it will go into the little holes and improve the drainage of the lawn and allow some air to get to the soil. Have a great time planning and creating your garden!

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