hollie hock

Latest posts by hollie hock

Foxglove or triffid?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:09

Wow, great foxglove. Must have great genes, I'd save and scatter some seeds, just to see what happens


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:12

A lot of mine haven't been potted on yet Kitty,so I have tiny larkspur with tiny flower heads


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:54

Interesting question, I've added loads of honesty and sweet rocket to my compost bin. When I was cutting them back, I was thinking they would be good compost material as there was such a lot of green growth on them


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:51

Perennials can take longer to germinate and are slower growing. Most of my annuals have taken about 12 weeks to get to nearly flowering stage

Growing clematis Montana over an arch

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:09

Mines a rubens type I think. It doesn't get any particular tlc once they are up and running, they grow really fast.Water it in well at first and just keep an eye out for slugs or snails at first. It all depends on how big you want it to get. See how far it gets up the arch this year.

The front runner on the summerhouse is currently doing about 2" growth per week.

Growing clematis Montana over an arch

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:21

I'd plant it now so it gets its' roots down this growing season. Plant it deeply, they like cool roots and sunny heads. You could bury a lot of the bare stem if you can dig a deep enough hole.

I'm not pruning my montanas at the moment as they only flower on old wood and I'm growing mine over a summerhouse and fence. This is the only piece of advice I seem to remember about clems, is that if it flowers before June, don't prune.

I suppose you could cut back some after flowering and it should still put enough growth on to have flowers next year.

Foxgloves and Honesty

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 16:48

I had one white honesty that flowered last summertime, so if you really want to have flowers next Spring I would sow some more. I've sown some purple ones not long ago and they are doing really well

Foxgloves and Honesty

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 13:10

I've had some foxgloves that missed their year and flowered the following one so they might come through. I've been cutting back my honesty and it's still trying to flower so I think they will come into flower for you, just don't know when

Transplanting our garden to another site

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 11:30

Morning, after 28 years I can see why you want to take your garden with you. I've moved around a bit in my life and remember being very upset at leaving my first proper garden of 2 years.  I did take a few things with me but left most of it.

Cuttings sound like a great idea and that way your plants can live on and save you a lot of work and bad backs moving all that around.

I've got some montanas in their second year here that I took from that garden and many of the plants here now have their origins in that  first one. Think of all the fun you will have starting it all again. You can sow some perennials and biennuals now or a bit later off the seeds of your own plants

Clematis mystery

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 10:19

I love those purple big blooms

Discussions started by hollie hock

Cut down Clematis by mistake

What's the chances of it growing back? 
Replies: 5    Views: 251
Last Post: 17/09/2016 at 09:52

Mother in law tongue

Replies: 7    Views: 422
Last Post: 31/07/2016 at 20:58


What type, must have scent? 
Replies: 5    Views: 597
Last Post: 19/05/2016 at 14:02

Sedum help please

Which spot is best? 
Replies: 4    Views: 625
Last Post: 23/05/2016 at 18:01

New shoots

Worth keeping? 
Replies: 5    Views: 805
Last Post: 18/04/2016 at 20:59

Natural predators

Ladybirds, lacewings 
Replies: 19    Views: 730
Last Post: 15/04/2016 at 09:25

Sweet Rocket

Not convinced this is a purple one? 
Replies: 10    Views: 554
Last Post: 11/04/2016 at 20:59

Move it now?

Replies: 9    Views: 873
Last Post: 10/04/2016 at 18:12

Blood Fish and Bone

How much is enough? 
Replies: 6    Views: 819
Last Post: 27/03/2016 at 18:44

Seeds are up!

Always exciting 
Replies: 28    Views: 1696
Last Post: 28/03/2016 at 15:01


Replies: 12    Views: 938
Last Post: 20/09/2016 at 21:00

Lupins and woolly aphids

Once struck, always struck? 
Replies: 22    Views: 2382
Last Post: 08/06/2016 at 08:29

1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Help any ideas? 
Replies: 13    Views: 839
Last Post: 11/03/2016 at 23:19

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
Replies: 6    Views: 825
Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 11:45

What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
Replies: 9    Views: 814
Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 22:28
1 to 15 of 71 threads