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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............

 

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:52

Yes

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:49

We have a rescue terrier cross, now aged 6, who's favourite garden activity - when not tearing around with the other dog - is digging up rats in their dens.  Fine, except they're in the borders.....  She also hears moley tunnelling and then tries to dig them out of our lawn.

We also have Bonzo Dog, a rescue Labrador who hadn't a clue when we got him a year ago aged between 2 and 3 as he'd never been outside.   He charges through the undergrowth to help Rasta with her ratting and, being a Lab, he also charges through our pond.  He hasn't a clue how to dig but tries to copy Rasta and it's hilarious to watch as he tries to use both front paws at once.   He likes to keep me company whatever I'm doing so when I'm gardening he sprawls on the beds but does move happily to the path or lawn when asked.   He's had to learn about people, cows, horses, goats, pigs, sheep, cars and other dogs as he now meets some or all on daily walkies.  He loves chasing pheasants and hares.  So does Rasta.

We are about to make them a path through the shrub border so they can gallop through the underplanting without wrecking it.

We also have a rescue cat we found abandoned in the field next door.  We've had her 21 months now and she's an indoor cat who has only recently discovered it's safe to go outside for an hour or so a day and that she is allowed back in.   She doesn't approve of snow or rain.   She likes to watch the birds at the feeders but can't get at them.

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