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Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 11:51

i'm afraid that glyphosate, like any opther garden chemical, does have a long term effect on the environment.  Just because it becomes inert on contact with teh soil and only kills the plants with whose green parts it has been in contact doesn't mean it isn't getting into water ways and water tables or being ingested by other organisms, including humans.

I know of scientists conducting environmental research on behalf of the EU and who say it is likely to be banned in the not too distant future. 

There are others who have found high levels of glyphosate in processed sugars, corn and wheat and who believe it is affecting beneficial bacteria in the human gut and thus leading to an increase in digestive problems such as Crohn's disease, IBS and even obesity tendencies -

I personally never buy any Monsanto products but I do use other glyphosate products where no other conventional weeding techniques work.    I would advise its use but with great care, especially near water courses and do not exceed the recommended doses.   Adding a drop or two of washing up liquid to the mix helps it stay on the plants you want to kill and do its work better.



Posted: 25/05/2013 at 17:53

Look at the Hull website I gave you.  It allows you to search on aspect, flowering time, colour, size and so on.   Always choose the biggest pot you can for clematis as they have thick, fleshy roots that go down a long way and don't like to get warm.

All group 3s are quick growing after a spring prune and a good feed.  There is cultivation and pruning info on that website too.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:55

That's Ok as a liquid tonic.  They need a slow release food applied in spring - blood, fish and bone, pelleted chicken manure, specialist clematis food - and occasional boosts of rose or tomato food to encourage more flowers.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:53

A baby robinia will go the same way as your current one.   Try gleditsia instead.  Golden fliage and no sickness - so far.

Mare's tail

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:13

For anyone plagued by mare's tail in their garden, I have learned from a new friend in a local gardening club that it can be put to good use if you pull it up and dry it out then make a concoction.

Place 250g of the dried weed in 10 litres of water and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 30 minutes and then leave to infuse for one night.   Strain, then dilute 1:5 in water and spray on plants susceptible to rust, scab, mildew and some viruses.   It's also supposed to be full of minerals so a good fertiliser and growth booster for young plants.

I haven't tried it myself but all this rain means I do have a whole new infestation in one of my beds and, since it can't go on the compost heap for fear of it spreading to other beds, I will be putting it to the test instead of putting it in the bin.




Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:58

Time to bite the bullet I think and get rid or send a climber up the corpse.

Mine is definitely a goner this year after 3 increasingly poor years.  I'm toying with growing a rambling rose up it but there's a lot of wind here and robinia wood is brittle so I'll probably end up with a homeless rambler.   

On the up side, I have discovered a baby robinia growing in the next border so I'll plant that in a pot and nurture it and see how it goes.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:37

There are over 600 clematis to choose one and some far better suited to growing in pots and for a southern aspect.   Use this site to find one that will grow to the size of wall or trellis you have available, the colour you desire and that will be happy facing south -

I would also suggest a group 3 for pruning as you can cut the old growth down each autumn or spring and not have an unsightly mess of dead twigs and stems.  Make sure the corwn of the plant is mulched against heavy frosts.

Clematis are hugely hungry and thirsty plants so use the biggest pot you can find, use the best quality compost available, plant it deeper than it was in the pot to encourage new shoots and water and feed it regularly.

Hanging basket in shade

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 18:39

Trailing fuchsias will love the shade too.


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:05

Yes, in theory, but often they don't take from cuttings.  Layering is a good method and you can also sow seeds but then what you get will be surprises.

This advice is from the RHS - Scroll down to propagation and then click on the highligted words for more info on techniques.

Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 15:01

Mine are in shade most of the year except at the height of summer but the soil is moist even in summer and quite damp in winter.  They're growing well and spreading at a reasonable rate.

Maybe yours are just a bit too cold this year and maybe too dry.   Try watering them in dry spells and then be patient and wait for some warmth to get them going.

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