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north-facing climbers?

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 15:04

I have clematis Nelly Moser, Rahvarinne and Blue Angel on my north wall but all of these can get bigger than your 6' trellis.  However, if you can train the growning stems as horizontally as possible and wind them back and forth, this will not be a problem for you.   Blue Angel needs to be cut back to a few buds above soil level every spring and the other two need a to be dead-headed and fed after their first flush of flowers in May/June.  That way, you'll get a second flush of  flowers in late summer.

Clematis Montana Peveril

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 10:28

Sounds to me like the wrong plant in the wrong place.  As Alina says they will get huge ifleft but you can prune them back after flowering to keep them in bounds.

The thing with montanas is that they do just flower in spring and those buds can be damaged by late frosts so you lose a whole yea'rs blooms or, as in my case afew years ago, the entire plant.

 I would consider trying to dig them up with as much root ball as possible and give them away to a good home.  I'd then plant something smaller that repeat flowers so a group 2 clematis or a viticella with a longer summer flowering period or a climbing rose with perfume and repeat flowers.  You can look for suitably sized and grouped clems on this web site's text search facility - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ 

north-facing climbers?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 20:58

Not really.  People like Alina have more in depth knowledge than I do but I do like to grow clematis and roses and I have a north wall too.

north-facing climbers?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:30

You can also try roses - Golden Showers, Falstaff, Tess of the Durbevilles will all do well in shade as long as it's got some light and they won't get too big.   As with the clematis, you'll need to tie the stems in as horizontally as possible - or diagonally - as this encourages the prodcution of more flowering shoots.

Bothe roses and clems need a lot of food so prepare the planting hole well with plenty of garden compost and/or well rotted manure and water them in well.  Roses should be planted with the graft an inch or two below final soil level and clematis should be planted 3 to 6 inches deeper than they were in their pot to encourage extra shoots and to keep them alive should the top die back with clematis wilt. 

If that does happen, just cut off all the stems above the ground and give the roots a liquid feed of rose or tomato food and the clem will come back.  Clematis wilt is a strange thing which affects the plant from the top down so is easy to recognise and deal with.   Clems also need protection from slugs in spring.   If you hang a bird feeder on the trellis all year round, you'll find the birds pick off any aphids so you won't need sprays.

north-facing climbers?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 13:58

Alpina would be good but can have a short flowering period.   There are many clematis for such a site as many have flowers which fade in sun.  Have a look at Arctic Queen, Belle of Woking, Pagoda, Sunrise, Wada's Primrose which should all be easily available.  You can check their flowering form, colour and period on this site - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ 


Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:26

Montana - there are several forms with different shades of pink flower.   It is very rampant and does only flower in spring but is great for covering an ugly wall or growing into a large tree.   It can be pruned after flowering finishes if needs be.

moving established plants

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:00

You can reduce stress by removing the flowers so they don't try and put energy into seeds.  Make sure you give them a good new home with plenty of garden compost or leaf mould and some chicken pellets worked into the soil and keep them watered over their first summer in the new place.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 18:28

Hi Margi.  Good to see you here.   Possum is in her next to last year at high school, which also seems ridiculous if I think about it too much, and has absolutely no interest in gardening now although she's happy to eat the produce from the fruit and veg patch.    Says she's going to turn the garden over to pigs and goats when I die.  I shall sell it first and spend the money!



Posted: 06/05/2012 at 10:34

Our dog trainer saved a spotless pedigree piglet from slaughter.  It had no value to its breeder without spots.  It now lives with her and her dogs and walks to heel and plays football with them and the Welsh cob foal who also walks to heel.  Recently she got it a little piggy playmate.  These two are definitely not for eating.

Pigs are intelligent and, as with any pet or farm animal, deserve a good home and proper care and feed and there are now stricter rules for their care so I second the advice to get some training before acquiring a pig.  Happy pigs make happy meat and happy owners too. 

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 14:49

Better meaning more attractive, more interesting and less thuggish.  My garden is also "the right place" for nettles, thistles, couch grass, chick weed and sticky bud, none of which I choose to grow or encourage.

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