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Planting out pot grown roses

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 10:29

This is mine in 2008 at 3 years old - the year before it got frozen to bits and was cut back to one branch. 

It's finally almost as big again with plenty of new growth this spring but that won't flower till next year - assuming it doesn't get frozen again.  It'll be attached to the wall  by autumn and that should help keep it warmer.

Forsythia - 'No Leaves'

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 10:13

Mine got badly frosted one year and needed much cutting back and it didn't really recover well so I got OH to dig it out.   It was quite a job but worth it.

Forsythia - 'No Leaves'

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:58

It used to grow in my back garden but I got rid.

Forsythia - 'No Leaves'

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 22:38

Alina!  Honestly?  Boring brown bare stems all winter followed by ghastly acid yellow blossom for 2 weeks and then dull green foliage till leaf fall.  What's to like?

So many more interesting shrubs to grow.  Or a greenhouse.

Forsythia - 'No Leaves'

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:44

Yes, absolutely - but then I really dislike forsythia.  Even so a greenhouse would be so much more interesting all year round.

Talkback: How to lift and divide hostas

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 15:01

I only ever divide mine in spring as new growth starts to show.  At that time of year they really want to grow whereas autumn dividions tend to sulk and then faill if we have a bad winter so I no longer risk it.

Garden Hoses

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 14:35

I bought a non kink one the year we moved to Belgium - 1991.  It has its own stand and reel and has only just started to kink a bit but then it is getting on and does get left out in all weathers including heavy winter frosts and snow when I forget to bring it in.

Save my lawn

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:40

Both my dogs are neutered - one of each sex - and we don't get brown patches.  I remember reading somewhere that putting tomato ketchup in their food helps counter the scorching effect of urine.  Failing that, wtaring the patch instantly to dilute it.

However, as this is old damage, I would suggest raking the dead patches of grass, sprinkling on some lawn sand and a bit of compost and then reseeding now while it's warm and damp.   Come autumn, apply a general purpose autumn weed and feed for lawns to the whole area.  Repeat in spring with the spring formula.   Don't cut the grass too short either as this stresses the roots and weakens growth.

Clematis pruning

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:34

That's not quite right.  If it produces small flowers in early to mid spring it's a group 1 and only needs pruning to keep it in bounds by trimmming off excess growth after flowering finishes or to renew vigour from the base by cutting one or two stems at teh base and then leaving them to wilt.  They can be pulled out a couple of weeks later without doing too myuch damage to the rest.

Group 2s are the early, large flowered hybrids which flower on old wood in May and June.  These need to be dead headed once flowering finishes and can also be pruned to keep within bounds or renew vigour as above.  Both types should be fed as soon as they've been pruned and also in Feb/March when new growth appears.  Group 2s often go on to produce a second flush of flowers in late summer and do this best if given the earlier prune and feed.

Group 3s flower in summer on new wood and should be pruned back either to the gorund or to the lowest pairs of buds in Feb/March depending on how cold you are.  I sometimes have to leave mine till early April.  again they should be fed once new growth shows.  Group 3s can be large or small flowered.

The best way to check is to look at this site - - which allows you to search for info based on the clematis name, its description or a picture.



Gardening in Aberdeenshire

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 12:42

I suspect growing veg in much of Scotland is a challenge that needs extra tricks like polytunnels, greenhouses or cloches or else a very restricted range of veggies.   I garden in central Belgium and have had to give up growing winter veg such as leeks, garlic, kale and other cabbages because the last 4 winters have seen them frozen to mush.    I have therefore rejigged my raised beds to make one large enough to protect with a polytunnel next winter.   It'll be a home made affair of posts and pipes and plastic sheeting.  If it works I may invest in a porper one.

No demo garden in the UK is going to be able to match the climate, soil and exposure of even half the rest of the country so you have to work on the basis that Monty's garden is probably 3 or 4 weeks behind Cornwall and 3 or 4 weeks ahead of Scotland but also know he can't get things through winter that grow happily on the west of Scotland with the warmth of the Gulf Stream to protect them..


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