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Clematis ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 15:36

Given the limited choice of clems available round here I'd agree it has to be one that's easily found.

I reckon it was planted a few years ago and then neglected, like the rest of the garden, when chappy upped and left about 4 years ago now.   Whatever it turns out to be it's done well to recover so I shall continue to nurture it and give it pep talks and a proper climbing support one of these fine days.

multipurpose compost/grow bags

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:58

One growbag will do for 3 tomatoes.  I wouldn't mix them with beans.  If you can, watch last week's Beechgrove Garden in i-player as there is a fairly detailed item about growbags and the best ways to grow tomatoes.  The conclusion is use grow bag compost but in pots or with specially adapted pots on top of grow bags and with extra compost.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:55

Thanks BF.  I'm planting perennial flowers this pm regardless and hope it's auspicious for good root development.

OH has almost finished building the frame for the polytunnel and then we'll get the cover on and then we can start marking out the beds for planting.  I have brassicas desperate for a proper home and onion sets in modules that need planting out soon.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:51

Plantmaiden - albizzia julibrissin.  Not reliable hardy in much of the UK but quite common round here.  

I have pruned ours to raise and open up the crown to allow more light and rain to the bed below which was completely covered in weed membrane and dead shrubs and weeds when we arrived.  We've bunged about 600 litres of MPC to improve the solid clay we found when we cleared all that and then I planted spring bulbs and a few perennials.  Now for some more perennials and lots of colour.

Suggestions on a climber please :-)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:39

It's a great wall for roses and clems but be aware that Constance Spry, tho lovely, only flowers once.

Have a look at Generous Gardener which is a softer pink or a repeat rambler such as Lady of the Lake or maybe a rich golden yellow such as Teasing Georgia.   A deep purple clematis will look good with either.

Whatever you choose, make sure the planting hole is at least 18"/45cms away from the base of the wall and is well dug and back filed with plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost.  Water before and after planting and keep watered till  they've got their roots well down.  This may mean all this growing season.

You'll need to provide support too.  I'd use horizontal tensioned wires at 12 to 15" intervals up the wall with vine eyes to hold them in place - available in good DIY stores.

Last edited: 17 May 2017 14:40:11

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:32

Got to 32.5 here yesterday.

27.5C at 9am but it has clouded over and got gradually cooler and even tried to rain so now we're at 17.5C with a chilly north-westerly making it feel cooler.  Need to change my strappy top for one with sleeves and then go and plant treasures in my newly cleared bed under the silk tree.

Nothing remotely to do with gardening

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:27

I expect being able to sense water was a natural instinct when it was necessary for survival sill have been lost in most people   Just because science hasn't found - or even properly investigated - how it works doesn't mean that water divining is all tosh.

Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:23

Good.  looking forward to the pics.

Clematis ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:21

Thanks.  It does look a lot like Elsa Spath in form but today the central rib of the petals is darker and this site suggests they should be paler - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?bkey=158 

Climber or rambling rose??

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:16

There are climbing roses that barely get bigger than 2.5 metres hig and wide and ramblers that will get to 10m.  generally speaking, climbers have stiffer stems and are not as rampant and are repeat flowerers unless you go for old-fashioned roses.

Ramblers are more flexible so easier t train on arches and other structures and there are now repeat flowering ramblers available form places like David Austin.

Your choice will depend on the area to be covered and the colour desired and the size of support you plan to use.

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