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Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:24

I grew Silver moon and Sunset in hanging baskets one year but their roots ended up too restricted and dry by  the end of summer despite regular watering and not being in full sun.  They've done much better since I liberated them into the ground.

I have started pruning my group 3 clems and have taken cuttings of Crystal Fountain as there were so many buds higher up.  Not convinced they'll work this early but nothing ventred, nothing gained.  With others like Arabella, Little Nell, Princess Diana and Etoile Violette I shall try layering a couple of stems to see if taht works better and then cut all the other stems as usual. 


I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 09:28

Definitely Felco.   Good quality and designed for left or right handed use depending on model chosen. 

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:43

Snowdrops flowering since mid December out the sunny front and just starting in the shadier spots.   Cyclamen in the ground have finished now but the ones in my hanging baskets are still flowering, hellebores starting early and flowering for a couple of weeks now but no flowers yet on crocuses or daffs which are only just poking their noses through.

Hedging and Horses

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:00

I planted a holly hedge thinking the neighbouring cows wouldn't eat it.   Wrong.  The new shoots are very tender and juicy apparently so I ended up with a short, fat holly hedge.    We've now erected a barrier of metal mesh that builders use for reinforcing concrete and the holly is finally starting to grow upwards.

We have horses in a paddock across the road and they have eaten all one side of an abies Xmas tree I planted 4' from the fence and also went for an oak.   They don't seem to eat the odd hawthorn that's growing along the stream or a couple of native sambucus on the field edge.   Hawthorn does make a fast growing and wildlife friendly hedge.  You need to keep it trimmed to help thicken it.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:11

I'm waiting a couple of weeks till light levels and day length get better.  I've been caught before sowing too soon and then having to cope with leggy seedlings.    Can't use the greenhouse till April when I can start taking out the big pots of plants stored for winter protection.


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:08

I think Allen Chandler looks stunning - good colour, repeat flowering, perfume and open flowers for insect access.  It seems all the other good ones only flower once.


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:24

I find hostas can sulk if done in autumn so prefer to do them in spring just as they start to shoot.    Make sure they get good quality compost to grow in and are well watered after splitting and to keep them growing..  


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 17:04

It's very effective and very satsifying but not available in the UK.

Go on then Berghill - which king?

Old Herbaceous Border

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 13:05

I agree with Fairygirl.  Lift out the goodies this spring and store them on a plastic sheet soemwhere sheltered while you fork over the border and remove weeds.   Keep your plants moistened to prevent exposed roots drying up while you're working.

You can then add some good garden compost - bought or home made - to enrich the soil and divide and replant your treasures to revitalise them and renew your bed.  Any spares can be potted up and grown on for somewhere else in the garden or swapped with friends and neighbours.


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 09:58

Course he does.  Cultivated gardens have more worms to eat and easier soil to tunnel.      They're active in my garden at the mo.  Normally it's quiet at this time of year but it's been so warm they're in full tunnelling mode.

I have tried humane traps but never caught one though I have liberated live ones caught when digging up weeds and free dthem in the field and woods across the neighbouring paddock's stream but I've also sorted them with one of these which we can buy in Belgium and France -  

Moles not only wreck lawns.  They make collapsible tunnels which are dangerous to find by surpise - sprained ankles, twinged backs.  They also uproot precious plants in borders and can lift slabs and pavers and make them uneven. 

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