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Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:23

They need poor, well drained soils and full sun in a sheltered spot.   This may help you -


Camassia changing colour

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:52

A form of reversion?   There are white camassias so maybe pale blue is normal or maybe they're missing some essential mineral to keep them blue.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:18

I meant Caerulea Luxurians.

Hanna may well cope with cold Swedish snowy winters with their blanket of snow for insulation but doesn't do -15C without the snow.   Nor does Mme JC.

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 23:05

It may be sarcocca whose common name is sweet box though it's an entirely different plant.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 23:01

The ones I mentioned are all summer flowering group 3s so are grown like the viticellas and very hardy.

In my experience, Mme Julia Correvon and Hanna are wusses that don't cope with hard winters.    Betty Corning has nodding, lilac/blue-ish bells which are perfumed.  Caerulea Elegans is another toughy but not perfumed.

Wisteria flowering

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 17:24

Some wisterias take a long time to get to flowering maturity and a lot of their flower power depends on correct pruning in July and January to encourage the formation of flowering spurs.

Have a look at this info from the RHS for info on wisteria care -


jersey plants

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:26

Rather than complain about the excess of promotional mails inviting you to buy more you should send a single subject mail enquiring politely about your order stating when you made it and asking when they expect to deliver.  You could also suggest a deadline of 10 to 14 days for delivery or a refund.

If that deadline passes with no results, send another mail referring to the first and tell them then that a lack of adequate response will lead to your reporting them to Trading Standards.


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:22

My dahlia tubers are currently in an assortment of rubber trugs and tin baths and just in water to rehydrate the tubers and start the shoots growing.  I keep them in the garage overnight and bung them out in the sun on warm days or just set them in the doorway during the recent cold snap and gales.

This weekend I shall be taking cuttings of some of the shoots to increase stocks and grow them on in pots on the terrace.    They'll get good quality compost and extra feeds because planting composts only have enough for 100 days and then run out of oomph.    The main tubers will go in the borders this year and get lots of garden compost worked into their planting holes and as a mulch so they can build up next year's tubers and flowering strength. 

I'll be making some comfrey tea next week from plants in the garden and that will be ready in 3 or 4 weeks to use as a free and very effective foliar feed.

Snooker taking over televising of BBC2's GW on Friday nights

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:54

The Snooker always knocks GW off the screen at finals weekend.  Later on there'll be Wimbledon taking precedence over gardening.   Just be thankful the Olympics are only every 4 years.

Beechgrove Garden - BBC Scotland in the week and national BBC2 on Sunday mornings - tends not to be replaced by sport so look out for that.

Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:46

788 - Feed them with a slow release rose or tomato fertiliser which have higher levels of the minerals which encourage flowers to form.    You can also give liquid feeds of tomato feed and/or seaweed for more instant tonics.

Some fruit trees do take a year off to rest after a previous heavy flowering and fruiting year.   Generous feeding can help minimise the difference and promote more even fruiting.   Correct pruning will encourage the growth of fruiting spurs on apples.   See here for advice from the RHS -  

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