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Clematis montana to cover a 5' high fence

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 08:25

Montanas can be pruned back after flowering to keep them in bounds and encourage new flowering stems down below.  They are vigorous and will always want to grow well so need decent support in the form of trellis or sturdy wires stretched taught across the fence and held in place by vine eyes.

Acer tree coral bark

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 08:22

Mine gets like this every winter as some branches get frozen to death, especially at the tips.  I take out the grey ones in early spring, cutting back to red stems then give it a good top dressing of pelleted manure and a liquid tonic of tomato food and then I wait.

By the end of May it's clear which stems are live and shooting and then I cut out the rest.  Sometimes late spring frosts do a bit more damage.  My tree is now about 8 years old and 2.5 metres high.

Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 22:31

Insects like plants with open access to pollen and nectar so, as said above, no doubles as they are often sterile.  There are plenty of clematis that like shade.  You could try rose Ballerina which has open blooms and tolerates shade.  Just make sure it's planted in good soil and gets a regular top dressing as roses, like clematis, are hungry plants.

Aquilegias are good, foxgloves (bees not butterflies), astilbes if the soil is not too dry, primroses and primulas for early season nectar, japanese anemones, sweet cicely, geranium phaeum, lobelia cardinalis and simple busy lizzies.  Try heliopsis and eupatorium if you have some sun on the bed.

red onions

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 22:16

Mine went out on April 14th - last day before foot op so they had to go in - and are only just shooting now.  We've had some frost but also some very dry weather so i watered them on Friday and bingo, shoots.   I still have half the packet to plant but they'll just have to wait another week or so till I'm mobile again.

Acer P Taylor

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:13

Have you checked in its root ball for signs of vine weevil?  Curly maggoty things that eat the roots and gradually kill the plant.

If you have them you can pick them all out and feed them to the birds then repot your acer and cross your fingers that it recovers.   If you're not organic there's a Provado product that kills them.  You might want to do a protective treatment on other susceptiible plants like heucheras.

Gardeners World

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 10:20

Given the Beeb has 4 channels I don't see why snooker can't go to Beeb 3 or even GW go to 3 or 4 for te weeks when "more important" sport is on.

Having said that, I didn't miss GW this week.   I don't think he's done anything relevant to my garden this season except for the advice to wait for temps to be right before planting and he hasn't done anything that's got my juices flowing for a new project or plant.

However, I did really enjoy Beechgrove and was very interested to see them sowing broad beans outside now.  What with having new feet this year I haven't got any beans started at all and just toms and chillies indoors.

Alternative lawn

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:10

Or gravel?  You can walk on it and grow plants through it.   Mediterranean herbs especially will love the extra heat it reflects and the drainage.

In Need Of Help

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:07

Cheaper to go to a garden centre or nursery or get a cutting from a friend if you can.

Good luck with the next one.


Posted: 04/05/2013 at 17:57

And how cold do you get in winter - worst case.?

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:26

There are things you can do.   Start early on St Valentine's Day (because it's easy to remember) or as soon as any snwo clears and scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets thinly over your borders.  These will get the first slugs to emerge from hibernation and also any new hatchllings.  Repeat the scatterings every two weeks or after heavy rain to get the next lot and stop them all breeding and feeding.

Once plants like hostas and dahlias emerge, use a garlic spray to deter slugs and keep up the regular scatterings of pellets.    This advice comes from a hosta nursery owner so should be good.

Garlic spray for hostas and other susceptible plants and seedlings


2 Bulbs Garlic
2 Pints Water


Crush 2 bulbs of garlic
Steam or boil in 2 pints of water for 3 to 4 minutes until blanched
Strain mixture and make back up to 2 pints
Leave to cool

When ready to use, mix one tablespoon into a gallon (3.8 litres) of water. Sprinkle on to leaves in late afternoon (in dry weather). Reapply every two weeks.


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