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Monty Don

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:20

Alan Titchmarsh once asked an elderly lady gardener how she managed to get a good display of tulips in the ground year after year without digging up and replanting.  She said she buried the bulbs 9 inches deep - safely out of danger from most heavy frosts and rodents which eat the bulbs in the ground.

I planted 300 tall, well bred tulips one year but they didn't succeed - must have deep burrowing rodents - so now I plant the smaller botanical varieties and they do fine and come back year after year and have dainty flowers and foliage.  Love em.

Compost...

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:12

Use it as a soil improver in your beds when planting new stuff and/or as a mulch round shrubs and roses.

Don't try and use it for replanting things in tubs as its nutrient value will be negligible.

herbicide concentration?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:45

It isn't a laughing matter.    IThese old chemicals are as bad in tehir way as TNT was.

The herbicide you have has been taken off the market precisely because it is unsafe, even when fresh, for both people and the environment.  It iis illegal to use such products in Europe so take the advice geiven and dispose of it safely by taking it to your local recycling centre where staff should know what to do.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:59

Look at the link I sent you on pruning.    group 1s only get pruned - after flowering finishes - in order to keep them in bounds and renew vigour form bellow.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:57

You need to read this - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-pruning.cfm 

and this - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=453

There are other evergreen clematis but I think they may be too vigorous for the small space you have to offer them as many get to 5 to 7 metres.

Check out this variety and ask teh supllier how hardy it is before buying - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=151

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:49

HCT - I planted my Alionushka up a trellis so I could see the lovely nodding flowers.  I don't think even Yorkshire gets as cold as I do in an exposed part of central Belgium. so you should be safe especially if it's deeply planted.

If you haven't got a support for yours you could make a teepee/wigwam from tall canes or hazel sticks and tie the stems in as it grows.

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:51

My Alionushka died as it finds my winters too cold but Arabella does excellent sprawling.

I wouldn't recommend moving a clematis once planted.  They need to be set at leat 4" deeper than they were in tehirpot and then put down deep roots.  They can take a season or two t get established and then they really get going.

 

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:53

Whichever you decide on, you need to give them decent sized pots as clematis need a good deep root run and plenty of food.  There are special clematis fetilisers that will keep them healthy but you have to take care of all their watering and makes sure the pots don't freeze solid in winter.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:50

Group 3 clematis do indeed put on all their growth in one season and are best cut back in early spring and then given a generous feed.  However, their dead growth can look really tatty once all the foliage dies back in autumn so, for a front door, it may be best to cut it back in autumn.

Group 2 clematis get pruned later in spring to remove any dead stems back to a pair of healthy buds.   They also need a good feed.  Once their first flush of flowers is over in late spring, early summer, they can be pruned to keep them in bounds and to remove some of the dead heads before they go to seed.   This will encourage a second flush of flowers later in summer.

MY PIERIS FOREST FLAME HAS GONE YELLOW!

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:44

Forest Flame has bright red new foliage in spring.  This then fades to yellow and eventually turns green as teh season progresses. 

It is an ericaceous plant which means it needs acid soil and soft water, preferably rain water.  If you have planted it in alkaline soil it will struggle.  If you've been watering it with hard tap water it will struggle as the alkalinity prevents it taking up certain nutrients from the soil and it will become anaemic.

If you do have it in neutral to acid soil and do not have hard water it will benefit from a good mulch of ericaceous compost for rhododendrons, azaleas and heathers.

If you soil is neutral to alkalin you need to transfer it to a pot filled with ericaceous compost and water it with an ericaceous feed which contains sequestered iron.  The food available in teh compost will be used up within 6 weeks to 3 months so you will have to make sure it gets extra food and all its water needs.    Never use hard tap water.

Here is some info from the RHS - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1469

 

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