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planting clematis together

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:53

Missing a bit of sentence for some reason.  Train the stems as horizontally as possible to get extra flowers on both roses and clematis.

I have Nelly Moser with Rahvarinne and Omoshiro with Westerlatte.  The contrasting flowers look great together. 

Clematis wilt and watering regimen advice please!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 16:10

Clematis don't like to be thirsty but they hate being waterlogged even more.  It's much better to water once a week and thoroughly than to give a constant dribble which eiither doesn't penetrate or doesn't drain.  

If you can, move Westerplatte to a sunnier, more sheltered position as it needs more than 2 hours a day.   Comtesse de Bouchaud shouldn't ned extra watering if she's in the ground unless you have a drought and the whole bed is wilting from lack of moisture.

All clematis are very hungry plants so you need to give them a good dollop of specialist clematis feed every spring and a good mulch of garden compost in autumn to keep the soil and roots healthy.  If grown in pots, they also appreciate a liquid feed of rose or tomato food once a week from spring to flowering time.  This regime will also help make them strong enough to fight pests and diseases and recover from wilt if they get it.

planting clematis together

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 15:58

First of all, keep the separate clematis pruning groups well apart as it's impossible to untangle their stems for pruning purposes.

As roses and clematis are both such greedy plants I wouldn't plant them together in the same hole.   However, planting Snow Queen and the President together in one hole will give you a lovely display of contrasting blooms.  If you plant them deeply and with plenty of good quality compost and keep them well fed every spring to end of June they should do very well.  Dead heading Snow Queen will encourage her to produce a new flush of flowers later on in the summer.

Blekitny Anioll is very hardy and has lovely bars on the back of the petals so plant it where you can easily see both sides of the flower.   I have mine on one side of an arch from the garden through to my work area at the back of the house and veggie plot. as this encourages more flowering shoots.  I grow my The President as a group 3 most years as the top growth all gets frozen to death most winters.  It -'s scrambled through a crab apple and is sumptous.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 15:33

Honeysuckle - lonicera etrusca superba

Potentilla fruticosa Vilmoriniana

Iris Early Light

For later on there are some pale yellow and/or creamy dahlias and chrysanthemums.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:04

The pale yellow scabious is also called giant scabious.  It produces strong rosettes of well shaped leaves about 60cms high and wide and then really tall stems of light, airy creamy yellow flowers o stems up to 6' tall.  Mine is a stronger colour than the one shown here - http://www.seedaholic.com/cephalaria-gigantea.html but still creamy enough for your needs.

Mine enjoyed last summer and made lots of babies.  Happy bonus.

What's wrong with my clematis? And what can I do?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 17:52

If it's wilt youhave to cut it all down before the wilt travels down the stems into the roots and kills the whle plant.

Bite the bullet, chop it back and feed well with slow release clematis food.   You can also give it an instant tonic with liquid rose or tomato feed.

Cocoa Shell Mulch

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 22:06

It's the chocolate content that's bad for pets, especially dogs who are more likely to eat it than cats.    Use ordinary bark mulch instead.

Dahlia Cuttings

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 22:04

I'd limit myself to taking cuttings from the tubers with multiple shoots and would grow on the ones with only one shoot in the hopes of building up vigour to get more shoots next year.   

GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:56

Well, in Geoff Hamilton's day the programme had over 3 million viewers.

I suspect the Beeb may think better about taking GW off, especially on long weekends when we all want to be out there in our gardens, if more gardeners wrote and complained about snooker and other sports taking its place.   GW always use dto be a constant and I can't see why we gardeners can't have our 30 minutes even in Wimbledon fortnight or World cups or Olympics.

However, I find Monty Don generally so out of touch with ordinay gardeners now that I just thank heaven for Beechgrove which combines solid gardening advice on many subjects with a sense of fun.

Mad veg idea needed for small terrace house front garden

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 14:58

Small pumpkins such as Utchi Kuri or Sweet Dumpling would do very well and are small enough for the fruiting stems to be trained uwards on obelisks or frames of some sort to allow several plants to be grown.   Maybe a bit late to start them this year but you could buy plants in a good garden centre or make a note to order seeds for next year when the time comes.

For winter, you could grow colourful stemmed Ruby chard and purple sprouting broccoli which you can sow now in pots or modules and pot on until you have space to plant them out in the autumn after you've cleared your summer crops and added some good garden compost or other soil conditioner to maintain fertility.

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