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Should I cut this Clematis back?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 16:57

Thanks nutcutlet. Ive decided to redesign my garden this year, reducing the lawn size and creating more planting area. Ive started already at the bottom of the garden but the main part wont be started until autumn. Lots of hard work ahaead as theres noone to help me . I'll probably start a thread of the project.

Should I cut this Clematis back?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 13:24

Thanks, its about 6-7ft tall and wasnt pruned back last year. Ive just doen some light trimming back to the few buds I can see. Would it be a good idea to cut some of the stems right back so I get a mixture of flowers higher up as well as new growth lower down?

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 13:13

Thanks BL, thats another plant added to my shopping list

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 23:07

BL, That looks a lovely border. Whats the large plant towards the front?

Monty, sounds good, any photos please?

Should I cut this Clematis back?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 18:59

Thats very useful, thanks.

Busy-Lizzie I searched for Dr Ruppel for some time, eventually finding it for sale in my local Morrisons supermarket of all places. I have Nelly Mosser also, along with Bees Jubilee which are both similarto Dr Ruppel but much paler in colour. If I ever find it for sale again I will buy another plant to put the other side of my archway. Perhaps I ought to visit Taylors as I live not far from them.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 17:03

Im doing lots of landscaping to the bottom of my garden. Today I dug out for a new path wich will consist of a circular cobbled paved area in the centre. 

Heres before..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/May20102.jpg

 

 And now..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsd2965ec8.jpg

 

 It takes some nerve changing something that already looked acceptable, but I really like the idea of having a circular cobbled area like this random google image shows..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsff980610.jpg

 

 But im making life harder for myself as Im going to plant the large box ball shown in the top photo into the centre of it, and then take a path off the circle and upto the greenhouse.

 

Should I cut this Clematis back?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 16:54

I have a Clematis Dr Ruppel which flowered wonderfully last year..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps37424126.jpg

 I purposely didnt prune it last year as I thought I would increase the flowing height. This year it is very late getting going, at a distance it looks dead but there are some new shoots appearing, albeit very sparce..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsfdb196db.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsd1b86cfc.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsa4905ece.jpg

 Do you think I should chop it back down or leave it alone?

Box Balls growing in solid clay?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 16:06

Your probably right nutcutlet. If they can grow in clay then they must be tougher plants than I thought and may not need the care and attention I assumed? But I will keep an eye on them, thanks.

Box Balls growing in solid clay?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 15:48

I bought quite a few Box Ball plants from Tescos last week. They are healthy looing plants but I decided to pot a few of them on into bigger pots. Which is when I noticed they are growing in what appears to be solid clay!!

Heres the healthy looking plant...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps1bafd632.jpg

 

And when removed from pot...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps7a116fc6.jpg

 

And with outer layer of compost removed...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps35615370.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps55b42204.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps0bc16462.jpg


  None of the roots had grown into the outer compost, perhaps they were only recently planted into pots? But I was suprised to find they were growing well in what looks and feels like heavy clay. Any thoughts?

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 18:29

I'll add gigantea to my shopping list, thanks.

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