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Herbaceous/shrub clematis

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:43

I've had 4 forms of this for sevral years and all flower every year - although it looks as though one had been gt by late frosts this year and may be dead.   They do die back over winter and then shoot again from the roots in spring.  I cut off the old foliage and stems as soon as the new shoots appear and then give them a dollop of pelleted chicken manure to see them through the season and a drink of liquid tomato or rose food as an instant tonic.

Maybe a feed would incite yours to flower.  Clematis are hungry plants.

Dead Wisteria

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 18:32

I've no experience of wet rot so can't help but, as a rule of thumb, I leave shrubs and woody climbing plants till mid June before undertaking drastic surgery - except roses which show dead stems quite early on and need pruning back in spring anyway.

Scented roses?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 17:06

It's up to you.  I have one bed planted with Gertrude, Sceptr'd Isle and William Shakespeare and the combined perfume is glorious  as a whole but you get the individual scent close up.

I also have Falstaff on his own in another spot and find he smells great close up but doesn't create a waft of perfume as there's usually a breeze dispersing it.

Help needed

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 17:02

It's not unusual to find dead branches after winter.  You can prune them out with a puning saw or loppers - Wolf do good ones of both and not expensive given they will last years.  Cut them back to the main stem.

If your tree does have spider mite it means it's too dry and is stressed.  Having ants farming aphids won't help either so give it a good watering in dry spells and give ita good feed now of something like pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone which are both good, all round, slow release fertilisers.

Idea's for a North American Themed garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 16:58

Loads of garden worthy plants come from the USA.  Trees and shrubs such as firs (abies and pinus forms) then amelanchier, cornus florida, hamamelis virginiana, liquidambar, cercis canadensis, rhus typhina, blueberries, viburnum forms and so on.

Perennials include the Michaelmas daisy asters - nova anglicae and novi Belgica plus penstemons, some iris forms, liatris, monarda, lobelia cardinalis, caltha palustris, phlox, eupatorium, rudbeckia, heucheras, heliopsis and helianthus, camassia, choreopsis and loads of hostas.

There are plants for sun and shade, dry and moist soils but you do need to check for acidity to grow some of them so google for info or check them out in the RHS Plant Selector - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/


Dead Wisteria

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 16:40

I think perhaps you should have been more patient.  My wisteria was frozen at just the wrong moment so produced no flower buds at all this year.  I gave it a good feed of pelleted chicken manure and a pep talk.   I noticed foliage on just one stem a week or so ago and thought I'd have to cut most of it back but, lo and behold, there are leaf buds breaking on most of the rest of it now.  i shall give it another week or two to be sure all the stems are dead before I cut out any wood.

The plant pushing up from your base is probably shooting from the original rootstock.  Give it a feed of liquid rose or tomato food to help it along and some slow release pelleted chicken manure or blood fish and bone.


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 15:33

Glad you liked them Yakram.  Are you gearing up for Tatton?

Ornamental alliums

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 11:10

I grow several alliums with no problems despite the extreme cold so they are among my faves.    I shall be planting more every autumn for the foreseeable.

Tulips, on the other hand, don't like my conditions except for the small botanicals in well drained spots.  Lilies are OK in pots if taken in to shelter for winter but they don't do well in the ground.

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:14

Chelsea gardens are a lot better at seasonal planting now than when I first went in teh late 80s and, as Berghil says, they are stage sets but that deosn't mean there aren't ideas and plants to stimulate us to try new ideas and combinations.  It's ot all about teh gardens either.   The floral marquee is full of world class nurserymen and women from whom you can order top class plants - after chatting about whether they will suit your situation.  

There are also seed companies, garden art and architecture, tools, machines and alls orts of garden accessories to see and buy.   It's a great day out and great value at £55 for a possible 12 hours of entertainment.   Like any fashion show, you just have to adapt the ideas for normal folk.


Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:05

Glad you've enjoyed the photos.  I snapped what I liked or what intrigued so it's not a complete collection.   For instance, while the concept of the Korean war garden is interesting it didn't work as a garden for me precisely because it looked untended and weedy and plants like the clematis just looked hungry.  The only photo I took of that was a corner with water dripping from a bit of old wood. 

I loved the colours on the carniverous plants but they're not hardy enough for me so I'll have to settle for bronze grasses, irises and verbascums and so on.

Did anyone else spot Nikki Campbell telling Goldie the tree ferns in the ripple garden were palm trees?   That woman has to go - even if she did air her doubts at the end.

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