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Clematis Cirrhosa

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 11:33

Ok - I'll be buying that next then! Thank for the tip Dove - always good to ask the experts on here 

Clematis Cirrhosa

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 10:21

 thanks Dove - perhaps I ought to feed mine too? Hadn't thought it needed feeding, as compost is pretty new there...there are two other clematis nearby, but spring/summer varieties. Does it have to be clematis feed or will tomato feed/seaweed do?

Thanks again.

Vine weevils

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 10:18

Nematodes work well in open ground, provided its not really heavy clay and you keep it moist. Have a go in April (I treat mine April and October to keep at bay).

I don't like provado (sorry verdun!) but resorted to using it in a few non-flowering/non-pollinated pots last year, as the nematodes weren't happy there (too hot and difficult access for me to water). So long as bees and other pollinators are not going to be affected, I'm ok with that, just...

Good idea to crush beetles at night - but they're damn fast, so be aware! Takes some practise .

Very good idea to clean the soil off really affected plants and repot, if potted. Grubs can be huge, particularly if the winter has been mild (again) and often no adults have been killed off and the larvae have really grown well. Yuk.

Bear in mind that it's usually about controlling your problem with weevils, rather than total elimination - simply because your garden is likely to be affected by pests from other gardens, so unless everyone treats weevil, the blighters will always be there. 

I find that twice yearly nematodes, a tiny bit of provado in the right places and vigilance,e as others have said, controls the problem to a point that it doesn't bother me much, but I know that the weevil will never be wiped out in my garden either.


Clematis Cirrhosa

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 10:09

My Wisley Cream is happy and healthy - quite large too (several feet) and was planted in well-drained soil in a raised bed, sheltered position, bit of sun, not too much, August last year.

Still no flowers though...will I have to wait until next year?

Happy New Year to everyone 

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 15:09

@ Artjak - that is so true and precisely why ill people need particular care and respect, because they are in a more vulnerable state than anyone else.

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 15:06

Oh KT, that is really pants.

As an ex-NHS physio and with a husband who is a current NHS radiographer, thinking of moving to the private sector after almost two decades of service, I can only sympathise with you.

We've been both NHS patients and staff...and when it works, it is ever so good, but when it doesn't, it can be truly diabolical.

My main gripe is the quantity of middle managers in the NHS - non clinicians who often haven't a clue about what it means to treat patients with dignity, respect and professionalism. 

As you rightly say, they tick boxes, they're happy. These pen pushers are everywhere and their insincerity, lack of care and compassion knows no bounds.

It's one of the reasons why so many good clinicians and therapists leave the service.



Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:54

Hello all 

Wondering what I'm doing or have done wrong....

Planted a terracotta pot of these many weeks ago, they've been on a warm, protected and sunny windowsill ever since. All the leaves are out, looking good, but not a flower bud in sight....

They get a little rainwater, but not much and I don't water them additionally.

 Drainage is good. Compost not too rich.

Where are the flowers!?! 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:48

Thanks Dove, I really did! 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:42

I love the idea if creeping thyme, Will. My gran or yaya', as I used to call her, was Greek and thyme featured heavily in her cooking and is found all over Greece, so that would be quite symbolic, as well as being tough and surviving the odd mower! 

I went yesterday and it was just the most beautiful, balmy day here in London. I ended up cleaning the headstone, removing the little metal cut flower reservoir which was all dented and ugly, then I stuck a pot of my own in the hole left behind into which I'd put some cyclamen, as I didn't like the idea of cut flowers that would die so soon. 

In front of her grave, all was covered in beautiful mown grass turf. Very tough, with some huge clods of clay underneath. I cut away a section (asked the groundsman and they said that was fine as long as I remained within the border of her plot), turned soil over as best I could, added a bit of compost and planted some yellow bulbs (she loved yellow): mini alliums toward the back so they wouldn't get mown in June, as well as some mini tulips, then closer to the front of the bare patch (about a foot and a half from the headstone) narcissi and crocuses.

i know it isn't much, but it's a start, and you've all inspired me, so I shall now go back with some creeping thyme from the garden too. There's an abandoned grave right next to hers, really close to it, so only about 30cm between the two headstones and no way for a mower to get in there, so I may plant something else in that little gap too, as long as it's small and respects the grave next to it.

it is a beautifully kept place, but no one said a word when I left my pot there. It is very small mind you and in the headstone itself.

i like the idea of sedums, Fairygirl. Very tough too.

sever all graves around my grandmas have the odd larger plant, like a rose, in between graves where there are gaps, plus an aucuba here and there...and one grave , though flush with the grass like ours and without any stone kerbs around it, was literally covered in bright pink begonias and cyclamen. Just beautiful. 

the grass cutters were there on the same day as me and I had a look - they did actually make an effort not to mow down obvious larger plants on graves, which I though was nice. 

I think I'll stick with buobs for now, though the turf was so heavy and tough that I wonder how much they'll be able to spread there where I didn't remove it! 

im glad I went and I'll pits some photos once it's done

thank you again for all your advice xx


Another caterpiller to ID

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 08:49

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Best online retailer? 
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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
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Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

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Garden design courses

The best of the crop. 
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