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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 00:29

Ashleigh - no favourites really.   I love the delicate alpina forms but can't grow them here as they want to perform when my winters are usually still dragging on and they die of cold.   Ditto montanas and armandii.

I stick to a few group 2s such as Nelly Moser which I've paired with Ravarhinne for extra impact on a north facing wall, Red Robin which is a group 1 and all the rest are group 3s hardy down to -25C - Blue Angel, Chrystal Fountain, Arabella, Princess Diana, Silver Moon, Sunset, Hendryetta, Little Nell, Minuet, Alba Luxurians, Betty Corning (scented), Huldene, Dr Ruppel and many more.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:57

Training clematis to spread horizontally will naturally encourage them to make more shoots and more flowers but the two key things are to get the pruning regime right for each plant and also to make sure they get generous feeding from very early spring up until the end of June or when flowering starts, whichever is later.

New clematis can take a year or two to settle in and get their roots happily established  and producing new shoots and flowers.     As Bob says, planting deep is key to clematis success.

I have about 40 clematis after having lost some to severe winters but this spring, one of last year's no shows is pushing up new shoots and looking good, a benefit of deep planting.    I shall be training it as horizontally as possible and feeding it well..


Add Ash to Soil ??

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:33

Like many things, they are fine when used properly for their intended purpose.  Disposal is another matter it seems.

Need advice on very small, boring garden!

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:48

You need to move some of the gravel to see what lies below.  If it's concrete or builders' rubble that yu can't dig out you could make some raised beds or large planters from timber lined with black plastic and plant them up with all sorts of plants depending on what colours you like and which way your garden faces. 

If there is soil beneath the gravel then you can scrape away the gravel and plant shrubs, roses, clematis and so on with soil improving material (garden centres) and then spread the gravel back to keep down weeds and retain moisture.   Climbers can be trained along wires attached to vine eye screws at regular intervals up the fence.  If the brick walls are too fragile to drill, see if you can erect some posts and attach wires to those.

Add Ash to Soil ??

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:42

I've had a look and the panels will most likely have been made from tanalised wood which contains arsenic so be very careful of the dust and ashes.  Wear a mask to be safe.

Add Ash to Soil ??

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:16

Wood ash contains potash which is an essential ingredient in fertilisers for plants.  however, yours may now be contaminated by whatever chemical was used to preserve your fence panels so I would not use it on any vegetables or fruits and I would check for info on teh vital component before putting it on flower beds.

Climber for shady wall?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:31

This academic website lists 79 clematis suitable for shade and hardy to USDA zone 5 -   You could redo the search with a more hardy rating. 

If you want perfume as well as colour you really need to go for roses.  

Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata' smells of sweet almonds but it has very small flowers which will have less impact than roses.

Buried Treasure!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:37

AWB - I lose secateurs and find them months later, in need of lots of TLC.  Ditto the odd trowel so losing keys is easy.

Buried Treasure!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:50

Landmine - house and garden in Belgium so occupied territory in both world wars.  Allied airmen hidden in farmers' pigeon lofts and passed on down the line to get home and so on.   The old cobbled road in front of the house has scratched lines along its entire length from the passage of allied tanks chasing the Germans back east.  

Napoleon's lot and assorted Prussians went past too but left no souvenirs that we have found.

Climber for shady wall?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 18:21

Climbing roses that would do well there are Golden Showers, New Dawn, Iceberg and Zephirine Drouin which are all repeat flowerers,   Mme Alfred Carrière and Souvenir de Dr Jamain will do nicely but only flower once.

A good shrub rose for that position would be Mary Rose, a David Austin rose bred for fragrance and disease resistance and suitable for shade.

You will need to dig out the old shrub and all its roots and replenish the soil with new soil or plenty of well rotted garden compost and some well rotted horse manure as roses are hungry plants and need good soil.  They will benefit form a mulch of garden compost every autumn after some prolonged rain and a good dollopd of blood fish and bone in spring.

The daffs can be lifted and planted elsewhere and should perk up in new soil with some food in it.  Try planting shorter daffs such as tête-à-tête or Pippit for a softer yellow or Minnow which is creamier.   They won't blow around as much in wnds so won't suffer from broken stems.



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