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What's on your wishlist?

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 13:53

Shorter drier winters and one bed with acidic soil so I could grow pieris and azaleas but other than that I no longer hanker after prima donnas, just good doers that cope with fertile alkaline soil but hard winters.

Clematis - Group 1 & Group 3 pruning mess!

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 10:18

You really do need to separate them if they are ever to perform well as, apart from their very different flowering and pruning regimes they will be competing for limited food resources.  Clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants and need loads of food to do well as well as adequate moisture.

Can you not buy another pot?   

The group 1 will naturally produce buds high up on old growth and will do this early as it flowers in spring.  To renew it and encourage buds lower down you need to remove a main stem to the ground every year once flowering is finihsed and then prune all stems back to a tidy framework.   This encourages the plant to produce healthy new growth at all levels and thus flowers each spring.  They can also be left unrpuned but then you will only get flowers at the top.   Either way, the best tip for flower power is clematis food given in generous dollops in early sprng and some liquid feeds of tomato food.

The group 3 will show buds lower down when it starts in to growth.  It's still very early so patience is required.  You then cut back to just above these buds and remove all the top growth and feed as above but, as they flower for longer, feed more generously.

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When Should I be planting my seeds?

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 10:01

Lucy - you need to watch Beechgrove when it starts again in April - practical gardening advice from east Scotland so the timings will be perfect for you.  You can also go to their website and download fact sheets which will help you.  

Other than that, follow the instructions on the seed packets but erring towards the later sowing times.  One advantage of being so far north is that, once things do warm up, you have extra daylight for plants to catch up with their more southern relatives.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:59

Hostafan - if it's not to late, have a great holiday and good luck with the crutches.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 12:46

Too cold, grey, wet and soggy for any gardening but my seed order from Chilterns has arrived so in the next week or two I can maybe start some chillies and toms indoors if the light levels improve.

Clematis - Group 1 & Group 3 pruning mess!

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:34

You can't really do a sympatetic prune on a group 1 grown in the same hole or pot as a group 3 as group 1s just need the top growth pruning back after they finish flowering whereas group 3s can be cut rigt back and will regrow either from the lowest buds or else from new stems coming up from undergound.

If you can't actually separate the two plants and put them in their own planting holes or pots I would just cut everything down in late Feb to late March, depending on your local conditons and then give the plants a generous dollop of slow release special clematis food and a few good drinks of liquid tomato food to get them going again.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:04

Sorry BM.  Only just spotted this.

OH was already working in Belgium so we stayed in the appartment the company had hired for some of the team who, of course, all went home for the weekend so we had it to ourselves between cleaning visits and cat cuddling.   We took 5 with us and installed them in the house with food, futon and litter trays so they could get used to it before the removals men arrived with all our worldly goods and quite a few plants. 

dividing hostas

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:55

I do mine in early spring when the buds show.  Otherwise I find they sulk.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:10

Too cold and damp for anything to be going on here apart from moles up to their tricks and Rasta doggy (wheaten terrier) trying to excavate them so the grass looks like a bomb site and she needs a bath.

I hope your knee's OKfor the flight Hostafan.

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:01

I would think plants such as white foxgloves, fancy aquilegias, astrantias, rudbeckias in unusual colours, geums, hardy geraniums, less common salvia varieties and so on.

I've organised plant sales before and named chillies usually go down well but not so much toms and cougettes which are easy to pick up in markets and garden centres. 

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