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Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 20:05

Richard Hodson has a national collection of hostas and know his stuff.  I think you would do well to heed his advice on watering.  That's an awful lot of leaf for one small pot of compost to maintain in good nick.  No wonder some is going brown.


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 18:17

Been to Brighton twice - staying just the one night either end of a trip to Tatton flower show with a former Beeb GW boarder.   Needed to do my usual raid on a supermarket as I left and found all the traffic and parking and one ways a bit of a nightmare.  much better when that was done and I was driving along the front taking in the view of sea, piers and buildings.

I love kaftans.  I made a warm winter one from woven wool fabric, have a thinner cotton one for summer and also couple of short thin lawn cotton ones for hot day schlepping and wearing over a cozzy in the days when we did beach hols with Possum.  Still have them just in case.  

No gardening today apart from dividing and potting up a clump of short white Michaelmas daisies and some white lychnis coronaria.  The forecast was for cloudy but dry and we've had intermittent downpours and thundery stuff all day so I've been oiling chairs and sorting out attics and gathering bedding for packing.   Got quite a bit done so not a day wasted grumping at the rain.

Now to do something creative with left over leg of lamb and some rice.  North African fruity and spicy maybe.

First to take off the dress I donned when I cleaned up to go to the SM and put on a comfy kaftan to cover my legs.  Mozzies and horse flies about and biting.

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Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 14:11

Yes, forgot the pot size bit.   When I buy new clems I pot them up for their first eyar or two to let them develop new roots in peace before the go in the borders.  Minimum pot size for this is 45cm wide and 60 deep.  If yours is to spend its life in a pot it needs more space.

When you re-pot it, bury it 3 or 4 inches deeper than it is now as this encourages extra shoots and use a good John Innes no 3 compost with some added coir or leaf mold to help retain moisture but not make it sodden.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:52

How often do you water it and have you fed it?

Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants usually and potting compost generally only had food for 100 days.  This means you need to top dress your pots with, preferably, specialist clematis feed every spring and then give occasional feeds of liquid tomato food as an extra tonic.

Having said that, some browning of the older leaves is normal.  In order to stop it getting "bare legs" you need to keep it pruned regularly to encourage new leafy shoots form the base.   This simply involves dead heading after the first flush of flowers and cutting off any growth that is exceeding the bounds you have set.  Give it a feed then and it should produce a second flush in late summer.

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:41

Grass seed does best when sown in April or September when moisture levels and temperatures are usually at their most favourable for good germination.  Rake the bare areas to loosen the soil then scatter on some decent compost if you need to make things level then sow the grass seed on that.

The RHS offers this comprehensive advice on repairing damaged lawns, including re-sowing.


Plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:34

Can you do a close up of the leaves to give us a better chance?

Looks to me like it needs to be released from that cane and trained over wires or a trellis panel if it's intended to cover that fence.  It needs something to cling to for support.

Saving Rosa 'New Dawn'

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:32

Have you fed it at all?  Rose are hungry plants and should be given a generous dollop of slow release rose fertiliser or tomato feed every spring.   Being close to a wall may also mean it is thirsty so make sure it gets a good drink with occasional feeds of liquid tomato food between March and late June.   This should help it grow strongly and fight off diseases.

As for restorative pruning, the RHS has this "how and when" advice for climbing roses:-


salvia - hotlips

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 11:19

No, sorry.   Mine is mostly red this year after being a mix of red, white and red with white last year.   Maybe all down to temps or water or feed?

I plunge my two in the greenhouse to keep them safe over winter and it was so cold and wet till mid July I left them in there and they've grown rather large.  I shall have to cut them quite hard to lift them out now so lots of cuttings material.

Would be interested if anyone has a theory about the flower colour changes.

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Posted: 22/07/2016 at 23:09

We were supposed to have a few showers around midday........   Nothing.   Waited all afternoon as I need to spray a bindweedy patch.  Still nothing.   Deicided to meet Possum and buy her some new tops in the sales.   Still no rain.

Eating dinner and there was an almighty clap of thunder right over the house which made us all jump and sent Bonzo doggy diving under all our feet and then a long and heavy downpour with more rumbling.   There I was thinking the last few hot dry days were good for drying up slugs and here they'll all be rehydrated again.

Liri - good to catch up with family.

Topbird - have you tried a dry garden à la Beth Chatto?   Hers is stunning.   Some pics here - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/media/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex/P1190401_zpstt08sas3.jpg.html?sort=2&o=0 

Feeding Wisteria

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:51

Make sure you prune it properly too.   Hope it works as the flowers are lovely and have good perfume too.

Last edited: 22 July 2016 22:52:02

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