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Clematis pruning

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 15:12

YOu are right.  There are differe pruning rules for the 3 main clematis groups but as a general rule, any that flower before the end of June get a light pruneimmediately after flowering and those which flower later get pruned hard back in Feb or March dependig on whether it still freezing.

I suggest you prune the late purple one in early spring then give it a good handful of proprietary clematis food and another mulch.   This will encourage it t prune new shoots which will flower later next summer.  An occasional liquid feed of tomato or rose food will hep too.

For the others, wait and see when they flower.   If they flower before the end of April they are likely to be group 1s which only get pruned to keep them to size and encourage new flowers lower down.    Those which flower in May and June just need a light trim to remove dead heads after flowering.   Given a good feed as above they will probably produce another flush of flowers in late summer.

All clematis are hungry, thirsty plants so feed in spring with a slow release food and mulch and then oaccasionally give a liquid feed as above.  This works on roses too.

Honeysuckle don't need so much food and just need pruning to keep them to size.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:54

Not me and pity the poor staff who have to put up with it all day for weeks one end.

This forum

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:52

I guess it depends on the subject of the forum.  If it's foody or sewy or some other activity where recommendations for suppliers in your locality would be perfecty reasonable but some people are rightly wary of giving personal info away and protect their privacy. 

Geraniums

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 11:47

Not my favourite plants either but easy for hanging baskets and tubs in hot spots and when I find one with good strong colour I try to keep it.   Not interested in growing fancies from seed so have to rely on local suppliers and they can be a bit bog standard.

Can someone tell me when's it's best to hard prune a lilac?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:39

Pruning to shape is done immediately after flowering as spring flowering plants do it on last year's wood an dthis gives them time to grow new stems and flower buds.

If you are doing a drastic prune and can't wait till they've flowered again then you could do it now, or as soon as the leaves have fallen and the plant is dormant, but you will have no flowers next spring.

Geraniums

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:36

It is so warm here still that I have pelargonium still in full flower outside.  Normally by now we've had a frost of a few degrees.

I'm keeping an eye on temps forecasts so I can bring them in in good time and will be taking cuttings of the more interesting flowered ones as insurance this weekend.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 08:46

My daughter is a January baby and does very well out of the January sales now that her main desire for presents is clothes, boots etc.   Even managed a few good deals the years it was PC and other technology.

OH and I are early December and late November babies so I always refused to get Xmassy till after his but in Belgium we also have St Nicholas to contend with on the 6th.  Possum still expects prezzies then and when she was little OH used it as an excuse to have the house decorated for his birthday on the 7th.  I resist as long as possible and they all come down on 12th night.

Definitely a winter solstice fest here.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 07:21

What Bookertoo is saying is that some people need it on th shelves that early.

Those who don't like it have only to walk past the display to what they do want - just as I walk past all the crisps and cola sand other junk food in a supermarket every single week of the year without begrudging them shelf space.

Plants in France

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 07:57

Plants are cheaper than the UK in Belgium too and the better weekly markets have some excellent plant stalls with some gems in amongst all the usual bog standard culprits.   Then there are seasonal plant fairs and some excellent nurseries with different specialities so some expensive, niche plants but also a wide range of goodies at normal prices.

At a plant fair this weekend I got a very good hydrangea paniculata Diamant Rouge for €18 and extensive advice on pruning and after care and the possibility of signing up for email reminders on when and how to prune it and feed it.   The same nurseryman had some fancy esoteric hemerocallis for over €100.

I do find the best seed suppliers are in the UK and order those online.

 

 

How has this happened?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:50

Nearly all of mine have done that this year as well as producing flowers lower down..

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