Latest posts by Obelixx

Group 3 Clematis flowering too early

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 21:27

Try feeding it.  You can get specialist slow release clematis food or you can use pelleted chicken manure or rose fertiliser.  Give a generous dollop every spring.

For an instant tonic, try liquid tomato food which will encourage flowers.  As LG says, you'll need to deadhead to keep it flowering but if you like the fluffy seed heads, leave some to mature form aboot mid August.

Windy parking bay

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:27

Oops.  18"!   Roses and clems don't mind rain but don't want to drown either.  They are both gross feeders so good soil and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost and/or manure will see them right after planting and then every spring and autumn.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:25

The eco ones should be used sparingly and they don't cause the slug or snail to burst.  They burrow deep and stop eating so no sign it's worked other than no more damage..

Richard has a clematis nursery so I expect he has given the correct diagnosis, especially if your garden was subject to the recent strong, cold northerly blast from the Arctic.

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:17

Pennisetum does not like cold winters or wet winters so be prepared to treat it as an annual that you replace each year - could get expensive.

Windy parking bay

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:13

If that is also your garden then think about some repeat flowering rambling roses to climb up and over it.  David Austin have a selection in white, yellow and pink.  I expect Malvern Hills and Lady of the Lake would do it nicely or a Rambling Rector or a Kiftsgate if you want something really big and don't mind single flowering followed by berries.   You could put one of the bigger clematis viticellas up thru it for later flower colour.

Just need to make very good planting holes at least 183/45cms away from the base of the wall so they are not in a rain shadow.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:09

I suggest you put in on the garden visits thread.

Sweet corn seeds,

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:29

I would sow them in modules indoors so you can keep an eye on them and protect them from rodents.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:27

A herb table sounds like a great idea and I'll be doing something similar for the shade loving herbs as our terrace is on the north side of the house and just by the kitchen door so very handy.   The new, sunny herb bed will be handy for summer BBQs and easy to get to when I need it in winter.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:24

I have grown all sorts of clematis successfully in ceramic pots and also plastic - getting them ready for life in the ground and, lately, for moving to a new garden.   They are all still there waiting to be planted and not wilting at all tho in full sun in 32C today.  The only one in trouble is a young one from last spring that has been "pruned" by snails but is now showing signs of regrowth.

I wonder if maybe yours got frosted recently or if you have a naughty slug or snail or 3 that are chewing the stems at the base.  Both would cause wilting.   Try some slug pellets or going out after dark witha torch and picking them off or both methods to be sure.   If the root system is healthy it should recover.

van Meuwen

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 16:03

The plants should have come with care instructions but it is also common sense to pot on teeny plants till big enough to cope both with weather and competition and also to know or research enough about what you've ordered to know what to do with things like corms and bulbs and bare-rooted plants.  

I reckon the problem is 50/50 but worth a polite complaint to the supplier to ask for replacements and also care instructions plus a delivery schedule if they won't offer a refund.

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