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Clematis - Group 1 & Group 3 pruning mess!

Posted: Yesterday at 07:57

Just cut them both back but you might lose out on flowers on the type 1 or get them later.  I would probably wait until mid Feb maybe as the top growth will protect them from frost.  While you're about it you could replant them in separate pots with fresh compost and then you'd avoid this bother next time.  Lots of plants in my garden have buds, they are still dormant because they are not actively growing.  The buds are there ready for the spring.

poorly privet

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 10:39

I've got a strip of privet that doesn't lose its leaves in winter and a strip that does, maybe I have two different types I don't know but it comes back every spring.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 08:28

Thanks for the well wishes. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 20:13

Split a pot of echinacea purpurea which has been in a terracotta pot  on the patio for years into three and planted in the border. Split and moved an achillea to the same border.  Pulled up long grass which had grown through the plastic mesh around pond, removed some hornwort and duck weed.  Used some sharp sand to fill along the grass edge of some plastic border edging stuff and to raise the height of some stepping stones.  I did have some help from my Mum and Husband though as I have a baby due tomorrow (I was trying to encourage him out)!

When to plant out...

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 09:27

I read an article all about this fungi because I'd been using it for hedge whips and various bare root fruit trees.  It said if your soil health is so poor that you need to add them then actually it''s not going to help adding them because the conditions aren't right for them to survive.  In healthy soils there are already these fungi present and the best way you can actually encourage them at a fraction of the cost is by mulching with chipped bark. Also interesting to note was that they do better in impoverished soils so if you add fertiliser you are taking away the necessity for the beneficial relationship between the fungi and roots to develop. Seems we are worrying too much.  Just make sure to fork the planting hole properly at the bottom and sides.  It has been suggested that a square hole is better than round as round mirrors the confines of the pot so may encourage the roots to follow that pattern.

Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 18:29

Yes you could rotivate gravel/organic material in and then wait to see what annual weeds germinate which would be easy to hoe off but do check you haven't got perennial weed roots in there as that will be aright pain when they are all chopped up and will delay your plans as you wait around to glyphosate, possibly several times for perennial nasties.  You will want to avoid the area round your tree as well as you will damage the roots or rotivator.  I have actually read that using a rotivator does more damage to soil structure but I can't remember why.  I am also on clay! 

Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 20:38

I don't think you should rotivate as it brings loads of weed seedlings to the surface and chops up any perennial roots, spreading them everywhere, which will undo all the hard work you've done weeding already.  It's also a bit pointless if you're going to buy in topsoil.

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 18:00

I got Little Maid last year for the patio, it's a small variety and the flowers are white and yellow. It repeat flower when dead headed and I was pleased overall as it was only its first year.

hacking back my hedge

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:18

If it definitely is privet it can be cut back really hard into old wood. It'll look like a massacre for a bit but it will come back.  Don't cut during frosty weather, you could leave until spring now to limit the period of staring a a hideous mess.  Give a feed when weather warms up in spring.  You will have loads of material to shed or take to the tip so plan ahead for this.

My best Xmas present

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 19:29

That is a stirlng job he's done wrapping that!

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