Gardening Grandma

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Clematis nelly moser

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:50

Doesn' matter too much if it is from a smaller pot in to a larger one.From the ground, it depends if you can get on the soil and work it. Since there will be root disturbance, it would be good to do it before it starts into growth, using the microrhizal fungi sold for rose planting and mixing in some clematis fertiliser.Are you planning to use a soil-based planting medium?

Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:31

What is 'it', Jill? The cavity wall insulation,  drying things on the rads or growing plants up the walls.?

Suggestions for a South-facing wall

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:28

Can this tree be allowed to get as large as it likes, or do you need to limit the size, maybe to preserve a view or to prevent too much shade coming from it?   

Edging for bed

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:21

We used solid, seasoned wood. I have used log rolls but they do rot quite fast - unless mine were just too cheap!

Clematis not developing

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:15

I can't improve on Obelixx's excellent reply. I'll just pass on the advice I've been following. The RHS advises that each year, in late winter or early spring, one should apply a potassium-rich fertiliser (such as Vitax Q4 or rose fertiliser), according to the instructions on the container, then mulch immediately afterwards with organic matter, such as well-rotted manure, leafmould or garden compost.

This seems a bit of a joke, given the wet weather we've had, but they say that clematis need to be wateredregularly in dry weather during their first few seasons. Watering to soak the root zone requires at least the equivalent of four watering cans per square metre, they add. Is it possible that the soil in your new garden is losing moisture a lot faster than in your old garden?

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 14:59

As I said, I am not a Catholic and there are certainly things about the Catholic church that I don't agree with at all. However, I would point out that if you think that man should look to himself for the salvation of the world, then he hasn't done much of a job so far. Atheistic countries have the worst record of all in terrms of human rights, and this has to do with their view of the value of the individual. If we are no more than intelligent animals, then there is no logical reason that we should not cull human beings the way we might cull seals of badgers or even exterminate rats. One reason that Hitler was able to get away with so much in Germany may have been because German liberal theologians had undermined so much of traditional Christian teaching about the origins and value of man as created in the image of God. Man became a more-or-less intelligent animal. Yet if we do away with God, we make ourselves the highest and most intelligent beings in the universe, capable of creating morality and purpose and virtue. This is about the most hope-free philosophy I can imagine - and I am a teacher of philosophy. People have done terrible things in the name of religion, but at least they recognised that there is an absolute morality, even if they did not adhere to it.Iin the past, there was no concept of a 'secular world' and so evil, power-hungry men seized control of religious institutions because religion was part of everything. Those who did such things were not behaving in a Christian or godly way, but rather using and abusing the religions they dominated. It is no good lumping all religions together, either, because they have a different concepts of God and therefore different views of the value of the individual.


slug pellets help

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 08:01

Sophie McLean, you'll have to learn not to give yourself away by going over the top quite so much! Its a good idea, though, and could be copied by putting a small flowerpot on top of a length of stick, securing it through the drainage hole. Not quite so decorative, though.

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 07:48

Wow! Such strong feelings! I'm not a Catholic but I have respect for Catholics. The RC church has had its times of terrible corruption and massive mistakes, but it has also preserved learning and cared for the poor when nobody much else was doing so. Catholic liberatiion theology in South America actually caused repressive and cruel right-wing dynasties to fall. If the wealth of the Catholic church were given away, it would certainly do a lot to alleviate poverty, but would be a drop in the ocean compared to the result of governments reallocating money now spent on armaments to social care. This is impossible because of the fallen, warlike nature of humanity and it is just that problem that religion deals with. All churches are human institutions and reflect human weakness and failure, but they also point to the hightest ideals and greatest needs of human beings.

Clematis nelly moser

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 07:38
Richard Hodson wrote (see)

Nothing beats growing your own new clematis from seed, I have registered several new varieties, the latest being a new pink herbaceous called Carol Klein, with Carol's approval I hasten to add, not yet available to purchase.

To genuine enthusiasts I have plenty of spare seed, free, and will show you how to germinate them rapidly,

E-mail me if genuinely interested, see website

Details of the new Carol Klein can be found on Clematis on the Web A to Z

There speaks a true clematis enthusiast! It certainly is fascinating to think of finding new clematis, though I suppose good new ones are fairly rare. I'll be logging onto your website!

Clematis nelly moser

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 17:36

The trouble with growing from seed is that they take years to flower. Also, they don't come true to the parent plant. I agree that layering is the easiest option. According to the Garden Action website, the following clematis are easy to grow from cuttings -  alpinas, montanas, armandii, texensis, tangutica  Bill McKenzie, tibetana. Moderately easy are macropetalas, viticellas,large-flowered hybrids. There is more good info on there about propagating clematis.

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