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Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 16:14

Young plants and plants in pots are like babies and toddlers - entirely dependant on us for their care and safety in whatever heat or rain we get thrown at us.   They need help to stay warm enough not to freeze to death when it's cold and help to stay cool when it's hot plus appropriate watering and the correct nutrients to survive and thrive.

Chocolate cosmos is from Mexico so can cope with heat and sun if it has the right growing conditions and sufficient mositure.

The heat and sun are very welcome here, especially after last year's cold, wet, summer with insufficient light levels.    Enjoy it while you can and take better care of your treasures.  They'll thank you for it by putting on a good display and growing strong.  

 

Clemaitis lovers - please identify

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 16:05

You can use the text search facility on this website - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ - to tell it what colour are the tepals and stamens and it will come up with a list you can then search to compare and identify yours.

It's an academic research website so won't try and sell you plants but it does list thousands of them.  It also gives info on pruning groups, flowering times, how to prune and how to care for your clematis. 

Have fun.

 

Clematis

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 08:33

Very true.  My roses are also very late in coming into bloom and look like they're going to do it while wer're off on hols for the next two weeks.   Very frustrating as it has taken my Kiftsgate until this year to recover from being blasted by a -32C frost in January 2009 and it's going to be glorious this year.

My May and June flowering clems are only just showing flower buds and no doubt wil also bloom while we're away and it looks like the birds will get all the redcurrants this year.

Not going away in July next year, that's for sure!

 

Clematis

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 17:12

When they do flower, you can use this site to identify them based on colour of the tepals, the colourof the stamens, the time of flowering and that will give you their  pruning group for future years.   There is pruning info on the site.

In the mean time, to encourage them, give them some specialist clematis food granules plus an instant tonic of liquid tomato food.

Generally speakig, the large flowered hybrids (group 2) flower in May and June an dthen again in late summer if they've been given a light prune to remove spent flwoer heads and a good feed.  Group 3 clematis flower in mid to late summer so haven't yet got going.   These are the ones you cut right back in spring.

Group 1 clematis only get pruned when you need to keep them within bounds or renew vigour.  This group includes early spring flowering clematis that flower on old wood but also things like the tanguticas which flower in mid to late summer on old wood.   You can't really expect any flowers this year if your 5 included one or two of these.

Some clematis

clematis infected

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:07

Take Berghill's advice and be patient.   I've known clematis do a Lazarrus and come back to life after 2 years with no sign of growth.

You can buy specialist clematis food but I would also give it an instant tonic of liquid tomato food which your rose will like too.

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:04

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Bonzo Dog (left) and Rasta, a week after we adopted Bonzo.   Had to teach them not to play ticky through the hostas in that bed.

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:59

Alliums stay in the ground and cope with even our hard winters - at least the Purple Sensation types and the tall white ones and nectaroscordums.   The Schubertiis are a bit less tolerant and only one came back this year.

Evergreen shrub suggestions

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:44

Pyracantha will grow tall and narrow but can be spread wide like a fan if needed.  It is evergreen and has white flowers in spring which atract insect pollinators then red, orange or yelow berries in autumn which attract birds.

It is also thorny so likely to deter errant kids and is often planted on boundaries as a burglar deterrent - which is your excuse if anyone complains..

Perennial Geraniums.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:40

This often happens to my geranium Johnson's Blue but not usually the others and I grow at elast a dozen different geraniums.  The thing to do is to cut the entire plant back to about 2 or 3 inches high, scatter on some blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  Water if it doesn't rain.

They'll grow back fine, healthy new foliage in about 3 weeks and you may even get another flush of flowers.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:06

As suggested, you need a lot of different noises such as wind chimes - although they drive me mad too - and running water or your own music if you can point some speakers at your garden when you want to sit out.  

I suggest you also offer a big bag of gobstoppers or get some ear plugs............

 

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