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How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:44

You need to consult this website for info on pruning groups, aspects, eventual size etc - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm

Mares Tail- what to do?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:41

You can rescue them and plant them in pots and then pull out every bit of mare's tail that comes up over the next few months.  Probably safest to leave them an entire year and maybe wash the root balls in autumn - when the plants are dormant - to remove any last bits of mare's tail before putting them back in pots.

Meanwhile, you can do a few treatments with Kurtail on the infested bed, fork it over when it's done its stuff and repeat as necessary.   It may take a year or two........   

I'm doing a similar process with bindweed in another bed - lifting plants into quarantine while I sort out the nasties. 

Help needed

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:00

The top one is lychnis coronaria - a short lived perennial which self seeds freely.   A white flowered form is also available and if you plant them near each other you get interesting babies.

The second is nigella/Love in the Mist - an annual which also self seeds freely if it's happy.   Doesn't like my very fertile alkaline loam.

Bright Lights Cosmos

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:41

Beryl - you need to start a new thread as tomato experts won't necessarily read about problems with cosmos.

Alan - It sounds like your soil has been contaminated with a persistent weedkiller or some other chemical pollution.   Have you had a spill in your garage?   Treated the wall with something?  

You could try digging out the soil there to a depth of about 12"/30cms and replacing it but that would be hard work and may be expensive without knowing what the problem is.   Can you get some of the soil analysed?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:15

HI DD - as people have said, property laws and rights between married people and their offspring are very different in France so no hasty moves please.  Some basic info here to start you off - http://www.connexionfrance.com/getting-divorced-france-divorce-legal-proceedings-10932-news-article.html 

Stay strong for Charlie and come and holler and yell on here when you need to - use another name if necessary.


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:37

Happy news LP.  Congratulations to all concerned.

Been busy all morning pulling up mare's tail by the bucket load.  It has really enjoyed this cool, wet weather.  Not as many nettles and thistles as before in the big triangle so some good news.   Ground cover roses (label lost years ago) and peonies and colourful ajuga reptans all doing very well and loads of lovely buds on shasta daisies, veronica, anchusa Loddon Royalist so lots to come in amongst all the shrubs and hardy geraniums.

Shrub and climbing roses dead-headed and fed, clematis tied in and fed, a wussy William Shakespeare dug up and potted along with two baby Kiftsgate ramblers.   Marie-Christine has brought me a luscious shrubby sage with deep purple flowers and taken away a Kiftsgate baby.   Do love a good swap.

I have planted out 7 rooted weeping willow cuttings along the stream in our very wet paddock and potted one up for my new pond and taken a cutting of our twisted willow for the new pond too.  I did a dozen in March but ended up giving them all away.

Was minding my own business this pm dead head Teasing Georgia and Malvern Hills when the heavens opened without warning.  Got drenched.   I shall go and finish that job now.

Can't stand football and all the hoo-hah but very happy for Wales.  Great result for them and for football.

Last edited: 21 June 2016 17:38:26

Mares Tail- what to do?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:43

I have tried spraying, painting and rubbing on glyphosate based weedkiller after bruising the stuff.   Doesn't work.

I have tried membrane and depriving it of light.   Doesn't work.   Comes back later.

Digging up doesn't work.   The roots can go down into the soil for metres and every broken bit makes a new root cutting and a new plant.

I have 2 beds badly infested and have spent all morning pulling it up because, having had rain everyday for about 3 weeks and a serious cold I have been unable to do normal maintenance weeding.

The only thing that works is constant vigilance so that eventually it weakens.   Never put the bits on the compost heap - bin or burn.

Border perennials

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:20

I have nettles in my garden - one corner left by design but the others unwelcome and nary a caterpillar to eat the blighters!

Agree whole heartedly about hardy geraniums.  Macrorhizum and phaeum flower earliest here but other later good ones for shade are Ann Folkard, Dilys and Kashmir White.

Big deal about penstemons?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:09

I have Garnet - cuttings from a friend a few years ago and it does very well for me.

Last year I bought Sour Grapes and it has come thru the winter OK but is not yet in flower - too cold and wet.  In future I shall be sowing seeds as it's cheaper, more satisfying and I can swap spares with gardening friends.

The narrow leaved forms are hardier that the broad leaved forms.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 13:00

I think you've done the right thing leaving its root ball intact but then I'm an amateur grower who wants lots of show from my clems and for me that means roots to feed them.

Do you know what it is?

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