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The what and when of feeding clematis

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 19:02

I have these clematis:  Helsingborg, Montana Elizabeth, Parisienne, Prince Charles, Alionushka, Venosa Violacea,and 3 others that I will post later on a separate thread with pics for you to id.

 So far the Helsingborg flowered very well in the spring.  Do I cut off the seedheads to get a second flowering?

The Montana was magnificent, Parisienne is blooming its socks off, and Prince Charles has a fair number of buds, but lost a lot in the gales.

 Alionushka is about 6'6" high and only just beginning to show buds at the very top of the stems.  It has fallen over twice as it's not self clinging.  I'm giving it one more chance ....

V V is now in its third year and produces buds which don't open properly.  

So any tips for the problem ones will be most welcome!

I'll post a pic of Parisienne if I can.


Giant poppies

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 18:01

Thanks for the advice Dove and Nut.  When they first appeared I thought they would be those ones with mauve and purple flowers, which only grow to about 18".  I would have been far happier with those as my garden is quite small 

Giant poppies

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 17:48

I didnt plant these.  They just arrived.  And grew and grew  and grew ...The big one is about 4'6".  They have several buds and I've identified them as papaver somniferum.  Would they transplant, as they are completely in the wrong places, or should I put them in the recycling bin?

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:53

And here are two lilies from last year, each growing in its own pot.  2015 will be their 3rd year.


What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 09:07

I was having endless trouble uploading photos here until I read that there is a 2mb limit.  So I need to do some drastic cropping!  Only had time to do one so far.

 Clematis Pink Fantasy, taken last year.  Colour is actually a deeper pink than appears on photo - better if you click on image and then the zoom button.

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 15:43

Isn't it just!  I love Yviestevie's unusual containers - especially the log for alpines.  

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 11:57

Lyn, fantastic display!  Beginnergardner, lovely hostas!

Tulips and daffs dieing back

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 11:45

When you dig out the bulbs and put them out of the way in a bucket, do they have to be covered with soil until the leaves go yellow?  AND, are you supposed to feed bulbs in pots or borders that have finished flowering but still have green leaves?   

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 08:27

Not to worry Landlubber, we all know what you mean 

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 08:04

Wow yarrow2, what a great contribution to this thread!  Lovely to have all the pics with such detailed information about the plants   I shall have to look out for some old tin baths!  

Ericsmum, I've just put 3 black plastic pots of lilium regale into spaces in my border.  I bury them about 2 inches into the soil so they don't get blown over.

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