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group 3 clematis

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:24

Group 3 clematis flower on this season's new growth so do not prune now.  Feed and water them well, train the stems to their supports as they grow and enjoy the show.

Next spring around late Feb or early to mid March depending on how cold the winter, cut them back to the lowest pair of buds on each stem and pull out all the top growth.  Feed them well with clematis food and occasional tonics of liquid rose or tomato food and they'll do it all over again, producing more stems each year as they mature.

Here's a bit of my Etoile Violette grown under this pruning and feeding regime.




Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:20

I am assuming the OP means rolls of willow or bamboo wired to make a screen and not actual plants.

I would suggest pyracantha as a living screen as it can be easily trained, grows fast when happy, is evergreen, has blossom in spring and berries in autumn so is excellent for all sorts of wildlife and it has thorns to deter trespassers.

Its time to go...but how?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:48

Cut off the outer ones so it's easier to dig out the roots but leave the mass at the centre so you have something to pull.

Inspiration needed - small trees for large half cider barrels

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:42

This Thursday's show so tomorrow morning.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:44

The council will use poison anyway so I suggest you put poison sachets down at night and take away any that are uneaten in the morning before you let the dog out.   Repeat till rats gone.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:42

I have used both as a windbreak to protect newly planted shrubs till they established.  Both types rotted far too easily and broke in strong winds and got tatty very quickly.   I would not advise them as a permanent screen.

I would suggest instead that you attach 2' wide trellis panels horizontally to the top of the existing fence or else erect 6' high panels on the inside of the fence, using new posts if necessary.  trellis can be painted to make a feature of it or else you can train climbing plants up it for further privacy and added interest.

Local DIY stores and maybe timber yards will stock it so shop around for best prices and quality.


Latin for Mint

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:37

Mentha spicata is the common mint but there are loads of others - basil mint, Moroccan mint, ginger mint, apple mint, chocolate mint and so on.   I once had about 8 different types in tubs but they proved not to be hardy enough for my winters so I just have basil, Moroccan and ginger mint left and take the tubs into shelter for winter.

Topiary Tips

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:33

I just do plain hedges but I fancy having a go at a pair of simple spirals one day.  Here's what the RHS advises on how and when to prune and shape - 

This might help too - 

Inspiration needed - small trees for large half cider barrels

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:29

Watch the Beechgrove repeat on Sunday morning BBC2 to see what Chris Beardshaw does with some fruit trees kept small by regular root pruning and t'other chappy planting fruit trees on dwarf rootstocks.

You could plant your cider barrels with fruit trees such as apples, pears, cherries selected to cross pollinate each other and have blossom and foliage and fruit over 3 seasons.   Under plant with hardy cyclamen to extend the interest through winter and early spring.




Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:57

An alternative would be to take out a third to a half of the stems now so you keep the shape and the new leaves can feed the plant but you'll provoke the plant into making new shoots which will give you stem colour next winter till you can do a full prune.

Whichever you do, give it some blood, fish and bone lightly forked in around its roots to encourage it.

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