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pruning clematis Montana

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:37

Mine is looking fantastic too this year- nowhere as big as yours, but big enough. Because of poor health last yr I wasnt able to do much, if any tying in, so it now is quite well intangled with the soffits of the extension-oops.

Am enjoying the display & the perfume, but once it's finished flowering the tree saw will come out. I always feed it after the prune, done every 3+yrs, & because the roots are fine it soon romps away.

I tend to go back to about 1-2ft from the base on the main stem. Checking you should be able to spot the 'nodes' from where it'll restart.

Good luck. J.

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:27

OH & myself were blown away by a fragrance when recently visiting a small nursery. V.Burkwoodii came home with us! Another, almost identical in flower, wasnt quite such a stunning perfume.

I've got a Boidnantse Dawn, which I cant actually smell! It does look good though. Yes quite large, but IME copes well with quite radical pruning every few yrs. My clematis Alpina is extending the interest by just starting to scamble through it from its adacent trellis. I also have another white flowered viticella, no idea of name, which is allowed to scramble up it from being planted below.

With the discovery of 2 similar looking plants smelling differently my advice would be to actually do the 'nose' test & get the one that you prefer. Buy a small plant if possible & site it to allow it to spread, but somewhere where the fragrance reaches you in the garden. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 12:51

WManchester- the sun has just come out! Wind quite strong though. Off to cut the lawn next.

Tonight shall be popping fleece over things in my cold greenhouse & the 1 coldframe that cant be shut because the dahlias in their pots are already too tall, but not yet fully hardenend off. J.

North Facing Front Garden

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 12:45

Agree that ferns, Hostas & Mahonia will all do well.

Dont forget though that the very end of the garden, unless shaded by the house, will actually be S facing & so should get more light. That can influence the choice & success of some plants. With that aspect the best colour will usually be in the spring when any overhead tree canopy is less.

Heucheras, hardy geraniums- lots to choose, spring bulbs, tellima, epimediums, lamiums, vincas- the last 3 all excellent ground cover. Bergenias, ajugas, japanese anemones.

If soil acid/neutral then for shrubs- azaleas- lots of sizes & colours available. Skimmias, forsythia, acuba, chaenomeles- ok may not flower as well as if in sunnier spot. Ribes too. Hydrangeas- the lacecap types good if some soil moisture. I've even got a couple of Weigelias in N & NW facing borders. They both get some extra light from the side aspects & do well.

Hope that gives you some ideas. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:33

Started off dull & dampish in WManchester today. Ended up quite warm with some sun.

I have moved a lot of plants from the coldframes to by house walls to finish hardening off. Things from the greenhouse are now in the coldframes, slightly open. Tomato plants are now in closed up greenhouse along with the morning glory seedlings. The tomatoes were just getting too big in the porch. I'll get them finally potted up next week.

Fleece sheets are to hand, but so far so good.... J.

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:25

I always do the sedums, phlox, taller campanulas, turtleheads- they look good if they are 'layered'. Definitely saves the need for frantic late staking when they all flop after heavy rain/late in season.

This yr being 'late' shall start it next week. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:47

WManchester- not too cold overnight after all. Today has been predominately dry & even some sun! Then this evening we've had a couple of thunder claps & now it's steady rain- good because I forgot to water in the planting I did earlier!! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:53

It was awful this morning- heavy rain, cold & windy. This afternoon it's actually brighter & dryer with some sun, but the wind has increased again. No gardening was planned for today, apart from opening/closing coldframes. Tomorrow maybe? J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:50

Just West of M/C central, driving back from The Trafford Centre late lunchtime it was hailing!!

Last night didnt get as cold as forecast, dull & dampish first thing- hence the retail therapy. This afternoon became bright & dry so I potted up my dahlias & chocolate cosmos into their final pots. Because of the garden's slug population. I grow them all in pots on the patio. They are still in the unheated greenhouse for the time being. J.


Box plants in Containers

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:41

Planting them in a border soil is probably the best, but depending on how long they've been in the containers & how big they may be could make the job of digging out a large enough planting hole quite a task.

I've got 2 quite elderly box plants in containers that do need repotting. Instead I have removed a couple of inches of the top of the old compost & replaced it with new stuff- mine in this case, but John Innes no3 for permanent plants would be the best if you have to buy it in.

I'll also take some cuttings in June, when I do the trim & that gives me new plants for when I do need to replace the originals. J.

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