hollie hock

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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

clematis montana

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 10:16

No idea Erica, sorry. They should flower on old wood. Do you prune it at all?

Lupin infestation

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 10:13

The lupin that was destroyed by them last year was in a really hot place.This year I'm trying one in a shadier spot to see if that makes any difference.

I had some lovely ones a few years ago and no sign of aphids, they were in dappled shade under some big beech trees.

Insect bites

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 09:24

After bite is really good to soothe bites

gallery of shame

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 09:23

B3, I often deadhead and cut things back and leave them, I like to think it of as pre mulch, putting the goodness back into the ground

I remember my mum trying to teach me how to iron shirts, the collars, cuffs, buttons. All to much fiddlying about, I rebelled at an early age.

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