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A double thats gone single

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 21:36

This one? -

Did you prune it this spring?  If so you'll have taken out the flowering wood and it's gone staright to producing the scond flush on this season's wood.

Or it may just have had a hard winter or been badly frosted when forming the double flower buds for the June display or just be too hungry to produce the usual first flush of doubles and has gone straight for the second flush of singles.

Don't feed it any more now and don't prune it either but do make sure it gets a good feed of proper clematis food next spring and see if that does the trick.   In future years, prune lightly after the first flush of flowers and feed it again to encourage the second flush in late summer.

Acer flamingo

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 10:32

Japanese maples tend not to take kindly to pruning except for removing any branches killed by winter frosts and a little modest re-shaping.

Interesting about your Flamingo Christopher.  I have a young one in my big front triangular bed which needs some re-jigging for extra winter interest and a better summer display so it's good to know I can decide it will be a shrub and not a full blown tree.


Bubblewrapping the greenhouse

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:49

I put them facing the glas as this gives extar pockets of insulating air and an easier surface for the plastic clips to go through and fewer holes plants side for creepy crawlies to lurk and hide and breed.

Liriope muscari

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:28

Thanks Chris.  I was, but now have a pesky foot problem which I hope will turn out to be just a stress fracture that will heal.  Otherwise it's arthritis and not good for either gardening or all my dancing activities.   Not a good year for keeing on top of the weeding.

Woodland plants

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:25

Foxgloves, hostas, tiarellas, brunnera, pulmonaria - but add plenty of good, moisture retentive material to the soil before planting these last two.

Weeds in my compost

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:23

In future, when you pull up the nastier weeds like ground elder and bind weed and nettles and couch grass, leave them out in teh sun to dry completely and die.  It's then safe to compost them and nettles in particular contain lots of goodies for feeding your garden.


Posted: 12/09/2012 at 14:19

Depending on how tatty they look and how early they finish flowering you can either:-

Cut them back to the ground and give them a feed and water.  They'll grow back in about 3 weeks time and flower again as long as it's done by mid August.  Later than that you'll probably just get new foliage.

You can simply trim off the finished flower stems and just pull out the exhausted foliage from round the edges of the plant leaving newer foliage which, if they're like mine, should already be growing from the middle. 

Liriope muscari

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 10:06

This is its first year and it's been invaded by weeds while I was unable to garden for 5 months, drowned by all the rain and then baked by 38C in August.   It has a few flpwer spikes but I'm just happy it's still growing.

Next year will be better -assuming we don't get a killer winter.  I'd planted 3 and 2 were seen off by last winter but ours are way colder than the UK, especially you chaps in the south west..

Liriope muscari

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 23:04

Mine's the variegated one.  

Liriope muscari

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 17:17

I've always understood it to like damp, fertile soils in sun or part shade.  If you improve your clay with plenty of garden compost or leaf mould they should do fine.    I've recently planted some in fertile loam on a clay sub soil in full sun and it's doing OK.  They spread best via their roots rather than seed so can take a year or two to get established and really grow well.

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