Gardening Grandma

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Clematis Rhapsody

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:11

Great pictures of plants in really good heart. Wrong thread? They look as though they should be in the 'garden in July' thread.

To return to the topic of clematis, many have horribly fragile stems. Whenever I see advice on clematis that includes the words 'tie them in to a support', I  feel deeply cynical. I can't do it without breaking them. I do have a go, but I do it as loosely - and therefore messily - as I can. Just a bit of loose support and then they are on their own! One thing that has finally dawned on me is that lush displays of clematis usually have more than one plant in them. I put four of the same species around a garden arch, grwoing through a couple of roses, and they are begiinning to look worthwhile. Just thought I'd mention it.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 16:41

I only joined the forum this week and I must say it is a lot of fun! Here are a few of mine. Took them this morning in a dry spell.



When I knew even less about gardening than I do now, I bought a pack of five climbing roses for about fourten pounds. They were worth the money!


 These are little gladioli, I think they are gorgeous.

Bugle and something else I don't know the name of.


Self-seeded Welsh poppies.








A wilderness of plants.


 Bought chealpy as an unnamed English rose.

How & when erisimum & scabious cuttings?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:40

For Scabious, remove rooted plantlets in the spring, when the new shoots come up. Just under the soil at the bottom of the plant, you just cut a shoot with a bit of root attached and pot it up. These cuttings have a very good success rate. Apparently, you can also take cuttings in the summer, but I don't know what the success rate is like. You can also divide the plants in autumn or spring, which will also regenerate the existing plants.

star jasmin loosin leaves

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:16

I have a similar problem and have been wondering whether it needs iron? I also have the Japanese one (can't remember its proper name  but it is similar to, but smaller than, the star jasmine and apparently a bit hardier) which I planted last year and it has done absolutely nothing at all. Its leaves are dark and healthy-looking but no flowers yet and absoutely no growth. Do they just make root in their first year, I wonder?

Fences Legal High

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 22:14

You could put up trellis a couple of inches from the fence and grow things up it and in front of it to soften and obscure the boundary. On the other hand, if the staining is a fait accompli when they come back, there isn't much they can do and you are, after all, helping to preserve the fence, especially if you choose a similar colour to the existing one. If they are neglecting it, they may not care much anyway. They might even be grateful. Otherwise, why not just plant things in front of it and hide it?   

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 21:05

At one time, there was an appreciably larger number of gardening programmes. I'd like to know why, in a time of recession when everyone is being encouraged to embrace greater self-sufficiency by making and growing things, the programmes that help us learn to do this are dwindling and the most popular one of all is regarded as so completely dispensable. The only way that anything will change will be if gardeners en masse make a protest. I'm not suggesting violent demonstrations(!) - just letters and emails, texts and messages on Facebook and Twitter. Most people, perhaps, grouse and do nothing. The Beeb regards 70 letters as a significant, I am told, so a few hundred protests could be very significant in their eyes.

buried snails

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 16:35

I don't know much (anything) about using copper, but I understand it has to be cleaned every year. I read on one thread that you can use brown sauce!!

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 15:45

Well Moonlit Hare, Frank and I have had a good discussion, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but I don't know whether or not you are any further forward in your ideas about pruning peonies! Frank and I have had an amicable disagreement. Perhaps it means that you must consider the basic need of the plant to regenerate using its leaves, but also consider what you want for your garden and the rest of your plants. Hope you enjoy your garden, anyway,

buried snails

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:19

The carcases seem to attract more slugs, so you get to slaughter a few more. I find that they have dired up and disappeared (been eaten?) within about three days.

Need help identifying trees

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:13

The Woodland Trust website has a tree identifier you could try.

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