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Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:21
Marina Spooner2 wrote (see)

I have 2 hydrangeas in pots and neither of them is flowering.  I would really appreciate it if anyone can give me some info on this.  Thank you.

Have you pruned them? If you cut the old flower heads/stalks off earlier this yr, you may have also removed the wood that was due to flower this yr? A 'quick tidy up' & the damage is done.

Also how long have they been in their pots? They could be 'starved' in old compost/too small a pot.J.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:05

Hi LAnn, I cant keep dahlias in the ground here- too many slugs etc- so I always grow mine in big pots.

For over winter storage I wait until the foliage is blackened most times, or by the end of Oct for me re the frosts. Then I put the pot, on it's 'saucer', into my part glazed porch to dry off for about a week. Then I bubble wrap the pot, cut back the foliage, give it a 'cap' of fleece & shove it under a plant table. So mine are actually stored in their compost, but kept very dry.There it stays until late Feb/early March when I investigate the tubers & restart them on a windowsill inside.

I did try storing them 'properly' ie dry tubers in sand etc one yr in my shed & lost the lot. So back to my usual way.

The cellar sounds good as it wont freeze, it's dry too. Sheds arent frost free & an unheated greenhouse up Nrth will be too cold.

I did manage to keep 2 wrapped/covered pots alive in my big wooden coldframe last winter. They'd been eated to death by the slugs so I'd removed the labels-twit- & only decided to store them when I spotted fresh growth starting very late in the season. Am well pleased as they turned out to be 'good' ones I had & not Aldi's best!

Good luck, J.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 20:11

Yes pulling the clump apart & replanting the pieces is by far the easiest way to go.

No need for rooting compound, just insert the bit of stem around the edge of a pot of moist MP/cutting compost & as long as there are some small roots attached to it success pretty well guarenteed. No need to cover the pot.

Put the pot under half cover- eg piece of glass leaning against a wall- or in a coldframe & not in full sun.

If there are several small plants of the same variety growing nearby then it's probably a self-seeder, so the 'babies' can be potted up individually & moved or given away. J.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 19:59
cairnsie wrote (see)

I seem to be having a few problems with my clematis this year. My clematis montanas are great and thriving but my president got wilt. However i cut it down to the base and its back shooting away and as big as it was before I cut it down and starting to flower again. My rebbecca flowered brilliantly and now has went brown mostly apart from a few leaves at the base like it does in winter. Another large flowered variety has started looking shabby and hasnt flowered although its been looking sickly all year. However apart from these my other clematis(nelly moser, warsaw nike, blue angel) among others are doing well and i cant understand it especially as this has only started to happen since the weather has become a little cooler and more rain as opposed to the hot dry spell we had earlier.


These clematis are all only 1 year old

My question is this browning of leaves caused by the fact they have done all there flowering and are simply finished for the season or are they dying and what should i do. It doesnt look like willt like my president did either.

It could well be the end of their season, especially if they are dry at their roots.

You said that 1 of them has just been 'miserable'. Could you try it elsewhere? moving it this autumn & replanting it really deep, which they like. J.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 19:46

Yep, 2cnd van will be needed here too when we do move. Luckily OH knows good local carriers/man & van which should be cheaper.

Dont forget the contents of any sheds, greenhouses etc. Also what about bags of homemade compost, leaf mould etc......oh help!! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:53

Started sunny & is ending sunny in WManchester.

Pleasant visit today down to Dunham Massey's gardens/grounds. Lots of dark clouds around, but no rain there nor back at house.

Zoomer- snails are great climbers- top of bean poles, sofits of house extension, no problem! I've found over yrs of gardening here that, despite the thrushes & hedgehog, my slimey population has increased.

This is the 3rd yr when I havent used nematodes for slug control. May just give in & reuse next yr. Luckily daughter, in Bolton, has surviving kale & dwarf beans. I'm hoping that my latest batch of kale seedlings last long enough to be planted out to over-winter. J.


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Posted: 05/08/2013 at 17:55

Phew am very glad that I got the lawn cut yesterday! Mid afternoon & ever since it's rained! And I had watered the pots!

Ok a slight break around lunchtime- just as play resumed at Old Trafford- but nope rain again. Got to about 17C though. J.

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Posted: 31/07/2013 at 11:20

'B' forecast wrong again!! No rain was expected before late morning, so had decided to cut lawn before I went shopping.

No chance, it's rained steadily since about 8.30am. Brighter now, but will need another couple of dry days before I can do it. Shall wash the car instead. J.


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Posted: 30/07/2013 at 19:44

WManchester- sun & pleasant first thing.

I got busy hard pruning 3 Weigelia bushes. Flopped around lunchtime when large spots of rain!

On/off slight showers early afternoon, but a dry, sunny evening. Have just had to rewater my pots of tumbling toms in the greenhouse. J.

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Posted: 25/07/2013 at 20:48

My water butts still pretty well empty, so metered tap water/recycled kitchen 'grey' water now.

We got hot at Tatton! Wellies stayed in carboot & so did waterproof coats after our lunchtime picnic! Ok we did need brollies once, but most people didnt bother as getting wet after the heat was bliss! J.


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