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clematus problem

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 11:08

That's good news.   Gardeners have to be both patient and optimistic.

Give it a good feed next spring and you should get a good show next summer.

Geranium blight

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 10:21

Maybe it's starving then.  Have you re-potted or freshened up the compost in the time you've been growing it?

Also, in such a cool, sunless summer, it will have needed less watering than usual so maybe it is, after all, just over watered for the conditions.

Acer flamingo

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 09:49

That's a good tip too.  My cotinus often loses a few branches to winter freezes.  Too late this year but next year i'll be pinching its tips to make it bushier.  Thanks.

A double thats gone single

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 21:36

This one? -

Did you prune it this spring?  If so you'll have taken out the flowering wood and it's gone staright to producing the scond flush on this season's wood.

Or it may just have had a hard winter or been badly frosted when forming the double flower buds for the June display or just be too hungry to produce the usual first flush of doubles and has gone straight for the second flush of singles.

Don't feed it any more now and don't prune it either but do make sure it gets a good feed of proper clematis food next spring and see if that does the trick.   In future years, prune lightly after the first flush of flowers and feed it again to encourage the second flush in late summer.

Acer flamingo

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 10:32

Japanese maples tend not to take kindly to pruning except for removing any branches killed by winter frosts and a little modest re-shaping.

Interesting about your Flamingo Christopher.  I have a young one in my big front triangular bed which needs some re-jigging for extra winter interest and a better summer display so it's good to know I can decide it will be a shrub and not a full blown tree.


Bubblewrapping the greenhouse

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:49

I put them facing the glas as this gives extar pockets of insulating air and an easier surface for the plastic clips to go through and fewer holes plants side for creepy crawlies to lurk and hide and breed.

Liriope muscari

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:28

Thanks Chris.  I was, but now have a pesky foot problem which I hope will turn out to be just a stress fracture that will heal.  Otherwise it's arthritis and not good for either gardening or all my dancing activities.   Not a good year for keeing on top of the weeding.

Woodland plants

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:25

Foxgloves, hostas, tiarellas, brunnera, pulmonaria - but add plenty of good, moisture retentive material to the soil before planting these last two.

Weeds in my compost

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:23

In future, when you pull up the nastier weeds like ground elder and bind weed and nettles and couch grass, leave them out in teh sun to dry completely and die.  It's then safe to compost them and nettles in particular contain lots of goodies for feeding your garden.


Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:19

Depending on how tatty they look and how early they finish flowering you can either:-

Cut them back to the ground and give them a feed and water.  They'll grow back in about 3 weeks time and flower again as long as it's done by mid August.  Later than that you'll probably just get new foliage.

You can simply trim off the finished flower stems and just pull out the exhausted foliage from round the edges of the plant leaving newer foliage which, if they're like mine, should already be growing from the middle. 

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