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Clematis back from dead.

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 17:43

As described above.  Cut off the dead flowers so it puts energy into new shoots and flowers.

perrenial foxgloves?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 17:41

i have tried several forms of perennial foxglove in my garden over theyears but last year was the only time the ferrunginia version survived the winter and that's here in central Belgium where we don't get the blanket of snow you would have in Switzerland.  

I find I prefer the whtes, pinks and mauves of the biennial foxglove and they self seed readily and come back so I won't be buying any more perennial plants.  Having said that, I have bought seed for Pam's choice which is suppose dto be perennial and has white flowers with purple throats.  I'll be happy for that to self seed too.

Clematis back from dead.

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 09:08

That often happens with group 2 clems if they don't get pruned.

Take off all the dead heads as soon as they die.  Do not let them waste energy on seeds.    Give them a boost with a generous drink of liquid rose or tomato food and a top dressing of slow release blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  They should then produce a new flush of flowers in late summer and should also produce new growth lower down for next year's spring show.

You can also cut one main stem per year at the base and, when it's all wilted after a few days, pull it out gently.  This weill help generate growth form the roots and new stems will flower lower down.  Next spring, feed as above in early spring as soon as new growth shows.

Clematis from seed?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 22:02

Yes.  I did it once with seeds for Clematis tangutica Pinwheel.  Got loads of babies and gave all except one away and then mine died of cold.  Typical.

I might try again with my own sedd from other clems in my garden which I know to be hardy to -25C so would hope their babies would also be hardy enough for my garden.

Clematis back from dead.

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 17:18

I have several "Lazarus" clematis which have sprung back to life after an apparent death.  Mostly the gap is 2, 3 or 4 years so 8 may be exceptional.  I would expect it to survve now and do well as it porbably has a decent root system going now.

I'd encourage it by giving a couple of watering cans full of tomato feed now and then next year in early spring and weekly until the first blooms appear.  That'll do wonders for the other stuff in there too..

coverup climber wanted

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 17:14

A grapevine?

Attractive and bountiful once established and good at being baked on a SW wall.


Posted: 11/06/2012 at 16:19

I get stung regularly too and whilst it helps with arthritic bits in my hands it does nothing for my arthritic spine.  Arthritis is also hereditary and not inevitable.  After a day among  nettles, thistles and sticky bud I get a fine itchy rash up my arms and take an anti-histamine to help.

Other than that, nettles form only part of the jig saw required to make up a wildlife friendly garden.  I have nectar plants, a pond, shrubs for birds to perch, feeders all year round, nest boxes, an insect hotel, a pond, wood piles and I leave seed heads on most perennials till spring as these provide food for birds.  I also use wildlife friendly slug pellets instead of the nasty metaldehyde version.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 14:12

It is cold, grey, windy and intermittently very wet.  Not conducive to gardening.

Talkback: Moles

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 10:20

Moles can cause havoc which is dangerous to humans and livestock as they walk, unsuspectingly, on undermined turf. Ankles can be sprained and for horses and cattle that's expensive to get fixed. For me personally they cause pain in my spine when I lose my balance in some new tunnel or hole.  

I fail to see what useful purpose moles serve as the earthworms they prefer are actually doing good work in the soil.  When mole moves on his tunnels are inhabited by voles and other rodents including rats and the shallower tunnels are occupied by ants.  And now we have a dog we get craters as she tries to dig them out when she hears them tunnelling.

Moles are all round bad news.

We have tried noises such as windmills and bottles to no avail.  Humane traps don't work very well and the perishers complain all the way to their new home in local woods.  

There is a wonderful device on sale here in Belgium which involves an explosive cap and a solenoid.  Moley makes the connection and bang, mole compost.   Very staisfying but I haven't used it since we got the dog. 

I shall try chilli powder.

Clematis in pot.

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 10:07

Mushroom compost has the lime content.  Pelleted chicken manure is a good general fertiliser.

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