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"The Blues"

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 23:25

My blues are hyacinths, anemone blanda, forget-me-nots, brunnera and pulmonarias in spring.  I have one with a rich deep blue flower and silvery leaves but don't know its name.  Then geraniums Johnson's Blue and Rozanne, Clematis Perle d'Azur, echinops ritro, eryngiums, plus some comfrey like plants I was given and can't name.  I used to have 3 different agapanthus ranging from light to mid to deep blue but they were killed off by a hard winter.

Last year I sowed anchusa and am now waiting to see them flower.   


Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:02

Primulas too and hakonechloa grass.  I have hellebores in a north facing bed that gets some sun form April to September but none at all from October to March.

Mine is a damp bed so also astilbes, stilboides, ligularia, chelone, hostas big and small, Japanese anemones, ferns but for your raise dbed you could also try snowdrops, lily of the valley, daffs, pûlmonaria, aquilegia, hemerocallis, hardy fuchsias, bergenia.  

Good roses would be Falstaff, Golden Showers, New Dawn all of which repeat.   Any number of clematis will love it as long as you feed them generously every spring with proper clematis food.

One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 16:10

Mine is always put in the passenger footwell too.    Can't fall any further there and is out of reach to opportunists, not that anyone's ever tried grabbing my bag through the window.

One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 13:15

How often do you have an accident?  

In any case, I'd be more worried about the driver and any passengers flying around, not to mention plants if I've just been on a raid..

Can I pinch this?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 11:17

Next time you're tempted, check for clematis in the Boulevard range by Evison.  They are bred for growing in pots which means they can grow in smaller spaces and won't get too big and are usually group 3 for pruning which means they get cut back to 6" high every March and then grow again and flower.   Your obleisk would be perfect for one of those.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 22:01

Minuet would be good, and Silver Moon and Caerulea Luxurians and many more.   Clematis are gross feeders and easily get thirsty in pots so avoid the rampant ones like the montanas as they need really good root runs to do their thing.

Us the biggest pot you can, minimum 60cms/2' deep and wide and use John Innes no 3 compost with added slow release fertiliser and give it top ups of proper clematis food every spring and regular feeds of liquid tomato or rose fertiliser between waterings.

Can I pinch this?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:45

A 6' high fence is plenty high enough for big clematis.  The trick is to stretch plant wires across it at 12 to 18 inch intervals and train the clematis stems to them horizontally.   They will send out extra shoots that make for more flowers and can grow as long as they like without passing the height of the fence.

Ville de Lyon will grow between 2.5 to 5 metres so will need training to its allotted space.    I suggest you have a good browse around this site - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ - which lets you look up clematis before you buy them and also lets you search for clematis by size, colour, flowering period, aspect etc.

Planting out seedlings

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 15:32

I think they're all wussy and would keep them in till the end of the week when this cold snap should be over.  We have a low of 1C forecast for this week which is too cold even in a cold frame unless you can put a blanket or a layer of newspaper or cardboard as extra insulation.

Keep an eye on the forecast just in case it hangs around longer that predicted.

Tatty patio

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 14:43

None of them is environmentally friendly.  Plants don't like weedkilers or salt or bleach and nor, I suspect, do tiny soil organisms and small critters but the alternative is constant hand weeding.   Your choice.

Can I pinch this?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 13:42

Bagatelle gets to 3 to 4 metres in height so I think that obelisk is too small and you should think about a different support for next year as clematis tend to produce more and more stems each year as they mature and it will just get too crowded.

Rather than pinching yours out, see if you can detach the stems and retrain them round the obelisk as horizontally as possible and continue regular training as it grows. This way you will encourage branching stems and more flowers.

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