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The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 13:25

Been too busy to see this week's GW just yet but do love grasses as long as they're used wisely.  I've seen a huge bank of them used as ground cover on a slop and it's all to samey and boring but grouped here and there as contrast of form and to give movement they're great.

Stipas, pennisetums and the red grass are too nesh for my garden but miscanthus forms do well as do briza, carex, molinia and hakonechloa which makes a great edger on a damp bed I have next to my terrace.



Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:15

Used to have a forsythia but decided after all that I really couldn't cope with taht acid yellow so I pruned it to a stump and yanked it out.  Good decision.  

No sign of any spring flowers on shrubs here as it's still very cold with nasty easterly winds.    Definitely not pruning weather.


The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:54

We're all entitled to our opinions and we're allowed to disagree without falling out or getting personal.  DK - You do have a habit of banging on with criticism about any and every aspect of Monty and his garden and not always with reason - in my view - but sometimes you're right.   It's the self righteous bits we can do without and which make people have a go at you.

Happy Easter everyone and happy gardening, with or without a fancy greenhouse.

Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal'

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:24

I pruned some of my clems early in March when it was warm and all their new buds that were showing then have shrivelled in the cold.  I can't see mine reshooting form those points but theye are deelpy planted so should produce new shoots from below.

I sugges you wait and see with yours.  It's a bit early in the season for clematis wilt to start but who knows these days?  When the frost do pass, try giving yours a feed of liquid rose or tomato fertiliser to give it some encouragement.


Need more entertainment.

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:24

I agree with Dove.  There's all sorts of free and payable software out there for designing gardens and, if you're that way inclined, you can make a spreadsheet to log your activities or just keep a diary.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 15:23

Should have said that when I do spray where it's started coming up in the path, I add a couple of drops of washing up liquid to the mix as this helps the stuff stick.  I also squash and crush the marestails with my boots first as this helps break the surface and allow the active ingredients to be absorbed.


Posted: 27/03/2013 at 10:44

You ned to tie the main stems to the arch so you can see the structure and stop it all flapping around in strong winds.   Use garden twine, not wires, and tie stems loosely with a figure of 8 looping round the frame and then crossing before looping round the stems.  This allows room for growth and a bit of movement but keeps it all stable.

cutting grass while its snowing

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 09:54

Patience!   Grass should not be cut when the temperature is below 8C as it isn't growing. 

It shouldn't even be walked on when frozen as this breaks the leaves and damages their ability to nourish the roots which are the negine of the plants.

Nor shjould it be walked on when waterlogged as this will compact the roots, drive air out of the soil and further weaken the roots and thus the plants and make drainage even worse than before.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 08:59

Digging it just tends to leave lots of broken bits in the ground that self propagate as root cuttings and multiply or maintain the problem.     I have this coming in from a field next door and also in imported soil in some raised beds.

I find it does weakens if it is constantly pulled from beds where you can't spray.  You then need to let it dry out completely in the sun and then either burn it or put it in the dustbin.  Where you can spray, it takes repeated applications through the growing year.


Posted: 26/03/2013 at 23:48

Climbers flower on new wood so I train my main stems as horizontally aspossible to encourage the sap to flow more easily to make flower buds.   In spring, I cut off all dead and broken shoots and any showing die-back.  I then remove all the small shoots coming up, down or out from the main stems and any weak and spindly stems and then I give the plant a good feed of general purpose food for foliage and rose fertiliser for flowers. 

Each year, on the more established climbers I take at least one main stem out right at the base so the plant puts up new shoots and thus continually renews itself and stays vigorous.  I have some newer climbers which are still too young and small to do this too as yet.

Ramblers flower on wood produced the season before so, other than taking out dead or damaged wood in spring, should be pruned after flowering.

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