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Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:26

Most of mine have browning leaves at the base at this time of year but that's a tiny part of a huge plant.  I wouldn't worry about yours as long as you pot them on and keep on tip of feeding and watering next spring and summer.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:37

Rain on its own is not enough for pots.  You need to check them at least once a week in the growing season and every day in a heatwave.

pet companions

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:33

Both ours are rescue dogs. When we first got Rasta, aged 11 months, we hadn't a clue and let her go all over the house which included leaping on us in bed in the morning.  Took her to doggy and owner training once she'd had all her jabs and got over kennel cough and was told to give her a cage with her own cushion and food and water bowls in it.   This was to be her personal space and she would sleep there at night, shut in, with no problems.  

When Bonzo arrived he was a nervous wreck and frightened of everything so he got a cage too and would go in there of his own accord when he was worried.  Handy too for when people came round and he barked and bounced at them.

Since the house went on the market their cages have been moved into the garage out of the way but they both now know that upstairs is out of bounds and sleep on the sofas or in their basket as they decide.

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:31

You have a mophead or lace cap hydrangea which flowers on old wood which just means onstems made the previous year so, to maintain flowering, you just pinch out the spent flowers in spring without damaging the buds behind.   If you need to trim its size, you do this by shortening stems as soon as the flowers finish so the shrub has time to produce new growth with flower buds.  It's often advised to do this by taking just a third of the stems back each year in rotation so you maintain size, vigour and flowering.

If in doubt, you can always check out the RHS site for info and advice https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=516


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:24

Completely agree about dog - and cat - owners being responsible and not going for inbred, deformed specimens with built in health problems or letting them breed for want of neutering.   When we first got Bonzo he didn't sit or lie properly so I was worried we had a Lab with those weak hips but no, just no idea how to do it properly and no muscles.  Now he can sit and pose for England!

Well done Hosta and Clari for being kind and patient and helpful.   People do rush so.   

Have had a busy morning taking Possum's bed to her apartment along with a supply of Indian and Thai spices and pastes to keep her going.  As part of the freezer emptying project we will be having a C dinner on Saturday - last family dinner till C - duck breasts with a red wine and juniper berry sauce and gratin dauphinoise.    Possum's idea.    Don't want any more C stuff till after OH's birthday in early December.

Smoked haddock chowder tonight with real, undyed fish from the freezer.  Pigeon tomorrow.

Still no sign of any rain so watering has been done.

Back to the attic then. 



Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:00

I like the plant but my soil is too rich so all I get are big, glossy leaves and never any flowers.   I've given up now and just enjoy the foliage which is a good foil for airier plants.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:59

I have 4 clematis in pots as a temporary measure while they wait to move to my new garden.   Each pot is 50cms deep and wide.  I wouldn't go for 75cms for a permanent pot. so rather larger than 2 litres.

Your pots are probably fine for babies but they do need a lot of watering and feeding so maybe they're a bit hot, hungry and thirsty.   Either way, they'll need bigger pots for next year's growth.

What can I plant under Dicentra?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:53

I have mine with hardy geraniums and the variegated form of ground elder which is pretty and not a thug.  Geranium macrorhizum forms have scented leaves and their foliage turns red in winter.  


Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:50

I believe so.  I've dug mine up several times and it always came back.   

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:49

I agree.  Plant them in the ground or move to bigger pots and feed and water well.   

be patient too.  Clematis can take a while to settle in and establish their root system before they take off above ground.   They also flower more profusely if trained as horizontally as possible, rather than allowed to scramble vertically.

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