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What is going on with my Clematis?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:01

You are right Joolz.  If the top half of the clems are all OK, you haven't got wilt.

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 13:58

There was a gardening channel but it didn't have enough viewers which means not enough advretising revenue so its plug was pulled.

I do agree though that there's a ludicrous amount of repeats of all sorts of rubbish on the Beeb at the mo and some of the wall to wall cookery and antiques could be replaced with a daily dose of old gardening programmes in season.  They could repeat GW from Geoff H from from Monday to Friday taking 5 different years but the same week of broadcast. 


Posted: 25/02/2013 at 13:53

Just keep pulling them up and put them on the compost heap or make nettle tea by soaking them in a closed bucket.  They're full of minerals so make excellent compost and the tea can be diluted and used as a foliar feed for leafy veg.

no whinge gardening!!!!!

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 10:46

My main rule would be no trolls.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 18:20

Me too.  Last year was a gardening dead loss between Jan and May for other reasons and then we had that deradful summer with too much rain and not enough warmth and light.

Fingers crossed we all have a better time this year.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 13:38

It does sound quite extreme but in fact the whole procedure has gone very well and I'm relatively mobile for short periods with my crutches.   Just have to behave and keep my foot up most of the time.   The other foot will be done in April and I hope to be fully mobile in time for the summer sales - just think of all the new shoes I'll need!  Then I'll ease myself back into dog walking again and then dancing by next September.

I can always do some gardening on my bum or knees and sowing seeds and potting on can be done seated.   

wire support tensioner

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 13:32

Some clematis are quite vigorous and get heavy so I would go for wire supports rather than string.   Good garden centres and DIY stores wil stock them, and the tensioners and the vine eyes and will know what you mean when you ask.

What is going on with my Clematis?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:55

Epsom salts contain magnesium which is good for terating chlorosis, or yellowing of leaves, especially on evergreen subjects such as rhodos, camellias, conifers.    Clematis are generally hungry plants so need a broad range feed for roots and foliage with extra oomph for flowers.  Propietary clematis feed will have eveything they need and rose or tomato fertiliser which come in liquid form are good for an instant tonic.


Posted: 23/02/2013 at 23:01

Yes, wire is another option.  You can buy vine eyes which are just metal screws with a loop on the end hrough which you pass wire that you tauten at the ends.   You can put in horizontal wires at 12 to 18 inch intervals going up fence posts or a walla nd train the clematis along those.   String will rot or snap under the strain so do buy proper wire which can be plain galvanised or covered with green plastic.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 17:14

Hello Betty.  Thanks for the advice on colours and combos.   I agree about your white and purpley colours and they'd look well against our red brick façade.   I've spent the last two days sorting out and cataloguing my seeds stash and found some mauve, scented nemesia seeds so will have a go at germinating those.   OH took me out to buy compost and seed trays but no basket liners or plugs in stock yet.  

I've been having foot surgery to fix toes that had gone adrift  - straightening the big toe and shortening the next two metatarsals and reattaching their toes.  My surgeon is a magician and it's all gone very well and with very little post op pain.   I should be able to do some light gardening in a couple of weeks' time and then will have 4 weeks to blitz the winter weeds and dead stems before he does the other foot.   I hope your knee perks up and behaves itself.  You too.

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