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Plant Supports for Perennials

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 15:02

It is and with these you can buy the 5m lengths of metal rod and cut them in 2 for tall plants then bend them to size.   I use this size very successfully for echinops, purple phlomis, helianthemums and so on and they do the job well whilst being invisible most of the season.    


Posted: 06/10/2015 at 13:57

They don't want a bog but they don't want to be thirsty either so be prepared to water to get them established and again if you get dry periods.  Clematis can take 2 years to get their roots well established to support a healthy plant.

Have a look at this sit which allows you to type in aspect, colour, flowering period and so on  to get a selection of clems that will suit - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm I would suggest plants in the Group 3 pruning group as they tend to have the longest flowering period and the easiest pruning regime.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 22:14

Yesterday was my favourite autumn plant fair so OH and I went there for a gander and some lunch.  Was very restrained with my buying - 3 heuchera Georgia Plum and 3 persicaria amplexicaulis Amethyst, 35 Thalia daffs, 30 nectaroscordums and 15 leucojum bulbs.

Today I've planted the heuchera in a sunny sheltered spot at the front and then forked over a bit of cleared bed near the pond and planted out some large, double orange hemerocallis given me by a friend and some filipendulas lifted from another bed.  They can spread as much as they like as long as they doen't swamp the new persicarias which I've planted in front along with some foxgloves and silver leaved pulmonarias I have saved from other beds.   Stuck some of the Thalia daffs in between and then had to come in and clean up for a committee meeting.

Rain arrived as forecast at about 7pm and is due to stay for teh rest of this week so I shall do things like potting on of seedlings and clearing of old toms in the greenhouse and my patchwork class homework.

Really like the idea of a white marsh marigold.   Must look out for those.

If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 17:13

Jo47 - love that hat.  LP - you'd take off in that hat if the breeze got you!  Hosta I loather baseball caps.  No-one looks good in them especially when worn back to front.

OH is a nice OH but then he does have to make up for an awful lot of golf!   


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:56

Loads of clematis should like a north aspect but you really do have to get the soil preparation and planting and feeding right for them to thrive.

If you can stretch training wires across you can also grow climbing roses such as Golden Showers, Mme Alfred Carrière, New Dawn but again, they need careful soil preparation as they, like clems, are thirsty hungry plants. 

If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:54

I'm not bored.  I've been planting and then walked the dogs and gleaned potatoes left from the harvest in the field behind and now I have to clean downstairs as we have a dance club committee meeting here this evening.

Still wouldn't wear a hat tho I do concede to a hood in winter when it's cold and wet and even those don't stay on easily.   Big round head and lots of smooth straight hair so they don't suit me with it hanging loose and and won't stay on with my hair up.

OH is bored at work so has booked us a return train and overnight hotel so we can go to the Cologne Xmas market in Xmas week and visit the cathedral and an art gallery full of Flemish masters.  Sometimes bored is good.


If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:38

No hat is safe with me.  I don't like them and they don't like me.

Talkback: How to lift and divide hemerocallis

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 13:38

They do indeed benefit from regular lifting and dividing and you should have plenty of spares either to bulk up your stock or swap with friends or sell at a car boot or maybe a charity sale.  

I love them and have them in dry spots, damp spots, sunny spots and shady spots.  They all seem to do well.

Need to watch out for slugs as they emerge in spring but are otherwise trouble free.

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 11:58

Better to plant it out in the borders if you can.

Mystery shrub

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 10:16

It is clearly happy in your shady white border so do make sure it gets similar shade if you move it.   They usually like full sun or partial shade so maybe yours is pale because it's in shade but it may also be a new form.

It is unlikely to come true from its own seed but it's worth trying.   Best to nurture it and try and propagate from softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.

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