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clematis in containers

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 22:55

Clematis roots are thick and fleshy and like deep, cool root runs.  It is always recommended that they be planted at least 4" deeper than they were in their pot as this encourages them to form extra shoots and increase flower power.   Your pot will need to be at least 60cms wide and deep and preferably deeper if your clematis is to stay there more than a couple of years.  

Clematis are gross feeders so you will need a very good compost to which you will have to add extra slow release food for clematis or roses every spring as well as regular watering and occasional liquid feeds throughout the growing season.

Clematis cirrhosa is hardy down to -5C and armandii will cope down to -10C but neither will like having frozen roots so, depending on how cold your winters are, you may get away with just protecting the pot with external bubble wrap well ahead of any cold spell.

Blooming calendar

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 09:55

Have you tried google?   I found this - which is a good place to start.  They have a list for every month.

Epsom salt

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 08:11

Tootles - they originated from a spring in Epsom, hence the name.   Mix of magnesium and sulphur and oxygen apparently.

Infested Tree?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:56

They are aphids I think.   Leave them alone and the birds will come and hover them up for their young and with any luck the ladybirds and hover flies will come and eat them too.

Try hanging some peanut or fat ball feeders near the tree to encourage the birds to investigate..

Epsom salt

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:59

1 tablespoon/15ml of Epsom salts in one gallon/5 litres of water.   Spray on foliage or pour over using the fine hose on your watering can.    Very cheap, very simple and won't do any harm.    

Chlorotic leaves

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:49

I was in Manchester last week with my scientists on their annual English immersion trip.  Found some Epsom salts at Boots and they had them at Superdrug too.

"Scalped" Leylandii - can thinning deadwood help?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:43

Thin out the dead wood.  Conifers do not grow back from brown wood so you'll have to hope he remaining greenery will grow and spread enough to cover your bare patches.   Try giving the green parts a spray feed using a solution of seaweed fertiliser to encourage them.

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:40

You can buy hanging basket watering gizmos at good garden centres and DIY stores.  Failing that, stand on a chair or find a tall friend.

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 08:40

My Johnson's Blue was brought with me when we moved from Harrow 24 years ago.  It's progeny are still going strong, flower well, don't flop like Rozanne and do repeat flower if I cut them back after the May/June flush and then feed them.

Mine has deeper colour than the one in the pic and more delicate purple veining but I found this on the web and it looks like the OP's photo.;_ylt=AwrBT75Iz2JV.iUAqMGl87UF;_ylc=X1MDOTU4MTA0NjkEX3IDMgRmcgNocC1kZGMtYmQEZ3ByaWQDcXc3Q3hHTm9TeXFLUHpJMDdQeFFDQQRuX3JzbHQDMARuX3N1Z2cDNwRvcmlnaW4Dc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAMyMwRxdWVyeQNnZXJhbml1bSBKb2huc29uJ3MgQmx1ZQR0X3N0bXADMTQzMjUzOTQ3MQ--?p=geranium+Johnson%27s+Blue&fr=hp-ddc-bd&fr2=sb-top-search&type=56_pr__alt__ddc_dsssyc_bd_com&iscqry= 

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:56

Nenah - hardy geraniums come in many shades of flower from white through pink to purples and blues with different coloured eyes and sometimes stripes or splodges.  Their foliage also comes in several forms - scented and not, glaucous blue to lime green, rounded or toothed.   Some like full sun and some like shade or dappled shade.

I shall compare this one with my Johnson's Blue in the morning but whatever it is it is a very handsome plant.


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