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Posted: 24/08/2013 at 22:11

Thanks Heather - what a kind thought!  I was just wondering about reposting and leaving out the word 'polycarbonate'!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 16:32

Ah!  Perhaps you've put your finger on the underlying cause of the freakiness, obelixx!  I didn't know that you shouldn't put food enriched water into dry pots! 


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 15:18

Thanks obelixx.  Would all purpose Liquid Miracle-Gro work as well, as I don't have any tomato food?


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 14:40

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.  Just to clarify, the first two photos are of a large flowered clematis, which has been growing in the same pot for about 5 years (tho' I have regularly removed some of the old compost and added new).  It is now growing up the trellis on my new pergola ( which was erected 10 months ago).

The 3rd photo is of a viticella bought from Taylor's in May, which I have planted in JI compost in a pot which is standing against the opposite side of the pergola.  I have put slow release fertilizer into the pot.

So neither is in the ground.  As the big one flowered so well in June to begin with, I can't think that the new trellis is to blame.

LL - I could send a photo to Taylor's - good suggestion.

So, have any of you any clues as to the name of the large flowered one?  It's a deeper purple than the photo shows.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 10:17

I don't use weed killers and I doubt if my neighbour does, but I'll ask him.  But even if that was the case, would it not have also affected the roses blooming next to the clematis?  They were fine.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 09:56

Not a single aphid, waterbutts.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 09:42

Here is a photo taken on 26th June of a lovely clematis that I have had growing in a pot for several years.



Closeup of one of the flowers below - label long since gone (can anyone identify it?)


But 2 weeks later the next flowers looked like this:


Then I have a newly planted Viticella Venosa Violacea whose buds are opening before the flower has had a chance to form properly - pic below:


 and now a new crop of buds on this are even worse - opening when they are really tiny.  What's going on?





Posted: 23/08/2013 at 22:25

I haven't got room for a greenhouse, but would like somewhere to put seedlings, protect half hardies and perhaps grow some tomatoes.  I'd be grateful for any tips about things to consider, and any particular makes you can recommend.  Thank you!


Can I halt the spread of powdery mildew on my sweet peas?

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 13:44

Guess this is a consequence of the lovely hot weather we've been having, but can I limit the damage in any way?  The plants are blooming their  socks off at the moment.  Any tips?

Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 14:37

Noooo, don't cut them off - the plant is doing what it loves to do, i.e. growing!  Most new foliage on any plant is a different colour from the older stuff Helen.  I have one just like yours which is making new green shoots and I think it's rather pretty like that.

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