hollie hock

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Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:50

I think have a rubens type of montana as well, now that is fast growing!  Red/purple leaves. These were from cuttings taken a few years ago. Second year in the ground.  I'm training it to grow over the summerhouse, will look great next year.

I thought the top dressing was a sterling effort to be nice to it and it does get watered regularly now so thanks for taking that into consideration

Garden SOS

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:38

That looks like a nice space. It's difficult to see what's growing in there. I can see a few bits of colour here and there.

The clump in the first pic might be ground elder which is difficult to get rid of with out weed killers.

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 10:18

Guilty on all three counts aym  and I was one of those people, fortunatley that's behind me now.  It's been in that pot for maybe 6 years. It's only this year that I've topdressed it and fed it. It's been ripped from many a trellis on it's travels.

Will check my honeysuckle layering trial today, just got to climb up there

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:57

Hi aym, don't mean to torment the plant ha ha First of all I read torture which would be even worse!

It's a bit late for cuttings from this one as it's entwined around an arch way at the moment. I got this in my very first garden when I didn't have any ground to plant into. In the long run I'm not sure I'm going to keep it (don't tell the plant) as it's a bit wishy washy when it flowers. It will need to come out of there at some point, as the pot is lovely and I know it's never going to perform at it's best.

Layering takes ages sanjay, I'm trying it with some honeysuckle at the mo, maybe 6 months? I'm leaving mine well alone and trying to forget about it.

I've had some success with cuttings Tetley with another type of montana. I tried the same with the honeysuckle earlier this year but no luck. Think it might have been a bit early so will have another go

Snapdragon plant

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:28

The individual blooms on each stem/ flower spike will die off gradually as the plant tries to set seed. The whole flower stem/spike should last quite a while. Once it's spent cut it off and it should have another go at flowering.

Probably will need plenty of water in containers

Do I need a greenhouse?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:25

Hello Claire, I grow all my plants out of those mini greenhouses and home made seedhouses/frames. I'm off the same mind as you, I get loads of satisfaction and enjoyment from growing my own. 

Summer bedding plants are generally not hardy so die off in our cold winters. There's always exceptions to the rule so some people over winter those smelly geraniums successfully in unheated greenhouses.

As phillipa suggests a good place to start would be to get your head around annuals, biennuals and then perennials.

I've just sown some biennuals, honesty and wallflowers. I've sown them now and when they are big enough I will plant them out and then they will flower April/ May next year. Forget me nots are these as well,  I've found once you've got them they will happily self seed all over the place Foxgloves are another example of biennuals and good self seeders.

I've also got some perennials on the go that I sowned in March, these seem to take longer to germinate and sometimes particular seeds like particular conditions to get going.

Knowledge is just trial and error and learning your plants as you go Try and sow thinly, as given the right condtions I'm still amazed at how many plants you can get out of a packet of seed. If you do go for the plastic mini greenhouses, make sure they are secure they have a tendancy to fly off!

Have fun


can you tell what this is?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:47

There seems to be loads of these about this year. Nearly had a face full a few weeks ago!

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:42

I have a montana type that has been with me or friends for many years. It's still in the large pot,not sure how I will get it out of there. This year I'm making sure it's having plenty of water and I fed it blood fish and bone and it's doing well.

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:29

Sorry to hear of your plants demise Bob Bob. I'm still checking everyday and so far no sign of them. Flower spikes are just starting to form, it was around this stage that the aphids descended last year.

Help! I need to know what this is before it takes over!

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:22

I had one of these self seeded in a pot, fast forward a year and I've grown loads of it. Bees love it and I find it easy to grow from seed.

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