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Spring bulbs

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 13:31

Yes and yes. If we get a cold spell they'll stop or slow down and wait for spring to start again.

It's worth going out and scattering wildlife friendly slug pellets about your borders as they do like to munch on new daff shoots and flowers. and slugs will be active in this warm spell too.

Health and safety!!

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 12:22

No sympathy.  Golden rod is horrible and a thug too.

Pruning old box hedge

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 12:54

I don't see why not.  The usual time for pruning box is around Derby day in early June.   It can be done from then into mid or late July.    Any new growth that forms later than that won't have time to harden before the frosts and can be badly damaged.

Clearing snow...

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 10:02

In Belgium it is required that householders clear the pavement along their housefront and this includes overhanging branches as well as snow.  The police can fine them if they don't.   Citizens are also required to have a family insurance which covers them for accidents on their porperty.

It would be good if we could, in turn, fine local councils who fail to grit roads when bad weather is forecast.   Our road had a thick layer of ice covered by snow after heavy rain froze and became snow in the night.  Lots of slips and slides and bent cars and shaken people.   

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 14:00

My supplier lsts most of his clematis with their degree of hardiness and has many good to -25C.   http://www.clematis.be/startfr.html

It's in French, or Flemish, but you can look up clems by name and check their hardiness.  Most have a photo but, if not, you can try here for more info - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ 

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:54

All clematis require a lot of food to produce decent flowers so, if they're in pots, you need to make sure they get a liquid feed every week through the growing and flowering season.   This summer, having been so cool and damp and grey ahs not been the best for the large flowered wlematis to perform.

My clemati ssupplier reckons Florida Sieboldii is hardy to -10C but I had one killed off by less than that.  In a pot it will be even more vulnerable so should be stored in a sheltered spot and have the pot, but not the plant, wrapped in bubble wrap to give extra protection to the roots.

vine eyes

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 13:16

They tend to be a standard size but buy the sturdiest ones you can find.   Position them along your wall of fence leaving 12 to 18 inches between horizontal rows and use tensioning fasterners at the ends to tauten the wires and stop them drooping under the weight.  If done properly it should last years.

You need the wires to be hedl at least one inch, and preferably 2 away from the supporting structure to allow air to circulate behind the growing plants and thus reduce diseases such as mildew.

Problem soil near sycamore

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 09:07

Some trees do excrete chemicals that inhibit growth of otherplants in order to reduce competition for nutrients and water.  As the canopy spreads, so do the tree roots and thus the area where othr plants cannot grow.

Sycamore trees have particularly shallow, spreading roots and that makes it all the harder to grow other plants.   

favorite clematis of the spring.

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 07:35

Nut Cutlet - My Red Robin starts flowering in May and has has its main flush in May and June but carries on flowering sporadically until August.  Ther's some info here - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3222 but their colour photo is paler than mine.

favorite clematis of the spring.

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 22:00

It's lovely.  Unfortunately all my alpinas, montanas and macropetalas have been frozen to death over the last few winters so my first flowerer is a group 1 called Red Robin.   This pictures shows it just opening - http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/Obelixx_be/0905%20Garden/?action=view&current=0905golf258.jpg#!oZZ38QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs211.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fbb262%2FObelixx_be%2F0905%2520Garden%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D0905golf259.jpg It starts of with rich burgundy buds then opens to flowers which are cream on the inside and it flowers for a good 2 or 3 months before making fabulous fluffy seed heads..  Luscious.

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