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Feeding clematis

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:08

In pots, once a week from new spring growth through flowering time.    In the ground, it depends on how well they've been planted and in what soil but, after a hard wet winter I'd give a few drinks from spring growth to the start of the flowering period if I think they need a boost.

Feeding clematis

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:27

Yes, they are greedy and need feeding to do well.

You can give them special clematis food available from good garden centres and nurseries.  In spring they appreciate a general purpose food such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  You can also give them liquid tonics of rose or tomato food as they have a high potassium ratio which encourages flowering.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:21

Some of my white ones should open in the next few days but the normal pink ones and the perennial ones are much further behind.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:18

I like blues, pinks, purples, bronzes, rich deep reds and I like to set them off with white flowers and some purple foliage.  I also like to play with foliage contrasts so have a rhythm of deep purple and golden foliage plants in amongst all the different shades and forms of green.

I have huge problems with bright orange and acid yellows but I'm learning to use the orange spectrum as long as it's got burnt or russet tones in it.   I've just planted up a bed with orange geums, potentillas, rudbeckia and heleniums with tawny irises and some purple flowered bulbs with a bit of purple leaved heuchera and lysimachia firecracker.  It remains to be seen how well it does.


Growing by the Moon Calender

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:50

As I understand it, continental Europe is always one hour ahead of the UK.  We are here in Belgium and we don't change clocks when we go to France........

Quite a lot of people on here will ridicule any idea that lunar gardening works.  Others are happy to live and let live and some will be quietly giving it a go.   i did it myself a few years ago and it was very successful but then I had a French magazine with a pull out lunar calendar.  haven't found one since but i do sometimes check this site when i'm sowing seeds  or taking cittings -

Last year I had neck surgery so just gardened as and when I could.  This year t's been 2 new feet so nearly all my gardening at the moment is playing catch up on weeding and I have to do that when time and weather and feet permit.   I did use the lunar calendar to sow tomatoes and some seeds from dried Kashmir chillies back in March and had amazing success.   Pity it's been too cold to plant them out but they'll be migrating to the greenhouse any day now.  I need my windowsills for other seeds.


Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:14

I don't think it's worthwhile replanting this tree as they are all succumbing to the disease.

For similar golden foliage, though not as fine, try gleditsia instead.  Hardy and healthy and, so far, no notified diseases or pests.


Growing kale as cut and come again leaves

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 08:33

Kale is a cut and come again vegetable.  As you cut off the foliage, new leaves will grow from teh centre and you'll gradually get a stalk with new, tender leaves at the top and, with any luck, over a long season.   I've done this with curly kale and coavolo nero but, sadly, the last 3 years they've all been frozen to a mush by hard winters so didn't last as long as usual.

When to cut the wild flowers and meadow

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 17:02

Don't wait for the last flower as that may be August or even later and then it'll be too late for many of the new seeds to do their stuff before winter.  Some like to germinate fresh and get ahead start before winter.  Others like to wait for frosts and then spring to tell them it's safe to germinate and grow.   This is how annual wildflower meadows have been managed for centuries so one has to assume it's what works.

When to cut the wild flowers and meadow

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:28

Wildflower meadows are ususally cut in July and the cuttings are then left for a few days to shed any seed before being raked up and composted or made into hay - depending on size and use.

If you rake the cuttings up too soon you'll get no new seed for next year's display and if you leave them too long they'll feed the soil and encourage grasses to grw at the expense of the wildflowers.

The RHS offers this advice -


vintage lawn mower

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:18

Believe it or not there are people who collect lawn mowers so you could also advertise it on a swap or freecycle site or just use it as a garden ornament.

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