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Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:37

I would remove the first flowers too and give them a good feed of clematis food and keep them watered in dry spells so they can concentrate on getting their roots deep down to find food and water.   Clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so need a good healthy root system.

Well done for planting yours deeply to help them.  It'll pay dividends in future seasons with extra flowering stems coming up from the base.

pot bound lupin

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 06:42

Make sure you soak it well first.  Plunge it in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles form.  Then you can remove the old pot more easily and do less damage to the roots.

Will red ant colony damage my potato crop?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 05:08

If you want to move them but not kill them, water on a solution of 5 litres of water to one small bottle of essential oil of cloves - health stores and pharmacies.   They hate the smell and move somewhere else.

Good 'do-ers'

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 17:26

Good doers for me are plants that don't turn up their toes in our cold winters.

Hostas, astilbes, hemerocallis, Japanese anemones, chelone, assorted hardy geraniums, pulmonaria, geums, potentillas, perennial cornflowers in assorted colours, lysimachia clethroides alba, physostegia, lysimachia Firecracker, phlox, anchusa, astrantia, filipendula, agatache, catanache, Shasta daisies, peonies........

Will red ant colony damage my potato crop?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 17:03

Added to which the ants' tunnels expose the potato roots to air instead of soil and water so they can't get the water and nutrients they need to thrive and make healthy tubers.    Water generously to move them on and keep hoeing.


Posted: 23/05/2015 at 11:02

Try feeding it.  You have nothing to lose and may get a beautiful plant.

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 23:50

I don't think it's worth falling out with your neighbours over this as your hedge will recover.    Just have a quiet word about respecting your boundaries and property and discussing any perceived problems and never taking unlateral action.

I think you should check the height of your remaining hedge and maybe trim what's left to the 2m height now accepted as the maximum acceptable height for a hedge.   That will make the new gap less obvious.

I also think that if you feed it, your hedge will grow back more quickly than any new climber could to fill the gap so by next winter or maybe early next summer, it can be expected to have recovered.  I would suggest a generous dollop of blood, fish and bone or pelletted chicken manure at the base, just sprinkled about and mixed in lightly with a fork or hoe.   If you also give it a spray of liquid seaweed feed or similar all over the foliage it should put on some rapid regrowth.

Same old story

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 23:27

Someone has counted the slugs in Belgium and reckons this is the worst year ever - 300,000 per hectare or 120,000 per acre.   4 times the usual concentration.

So pleased I've been protecting my hostas with regular scatterings of organic pellets.  My garden is too big to budget for nematodes.

Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 12:28

My dad was from Newcastle and mum's mob was Seaham.   Belgium is wet like Lancashire but some bits are as wet as the Lakes and we can get very cold and have very hot spells too so sunburn is easily come by.  A lot like most of the UK but with extremes at either end of the scale cos of lack of Gulf Stream.

I can't vote from here but I do hope CB wins.  It's a great garden in both design and form and planting and should also have a great future in its new home in Poplar.

Tomato plants damaged by hail storm...Replace?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 10:58

This happened to me last year when a hailstone tornado passed through the garden while I was away at Chelsea.    It wiped out my entire rhubarb crop and hostas both in the ground and in pots and also completely wiped out my baby chilies and tomatoes that I'd put outside for automatic watering cos I don't trust OH with plants.

 Rhubarb shredded.

 Blueberries defoliated along with blackcurrants and clematis and roses but they all recovered after I removed the damaged stems and gave them a good feed and pep talk.

Do the same for your toms for a couple of weeks and then evaluate again if they're worth keeping or not.

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