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Clematis - Group 1 & Group 3 pruning mess!

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:34

You can't really do a sympatetic prune on a group 1 grown in the same hole or pot as a group 3 as group 1s just need the top growth pruning back after they finish flowering whereas group 3s can be cut rigt back and will regrow either from the lowest buds or else from new stems coming up from undergound.

If you can't actually separate the two plants and put them in their own planting holes or pots I would just cut everything down in late Feb to late March, depending on your local conditons and then give the plants a generous dollop of slow release special clematis food and a few good drinks of liquid tomato food to get them going again.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:04

Sorry BM.  Only just spotted this.

OH was already working in Belgium so we stayed in the appartment the company had hired for some of the team who, of course, all went home for the weekend so we had it to ourselves between cleaning visits and cat cuddling.   We took 5 with us and installed them in the house with food, futon and litter trays so they could get used to it before the removals men arrived with all our worldly goods and quite a few plants. 

dividing hostas

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:55

I do mine in early spring when the buds show.  Otherwise I find they sulk.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:10

Too cold and damp for anything to be going on here apart from moles up to their tricks and Rasta doggy (wheaten terrier) trying to excavate them so the grass looks like a bomb site and she needs a bath.

I hope your knee's OKfor the flight Hostafan.

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:01

I would think plants such as white foxgloves, fancy aquilegias, astrantias, rudbeckias in unusual colours, geums, hardy geraniums, less common salvia varieties and so on.

I've organised plant sales before and named chillies usually go down well but not so much toms and cougettes which are easy to pick up in markets and garden centres. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:33

Godness Hostafan.  I hope you do rest properly and recover pronto.

Mrs G - good luck.  i hope your production goes well.   

No gardening here as we're freezing again but my cake experiments were brilliant and so was our Boogie class.    More freezing tomorrow so the only gardening I'm likely to get done is feeding the birds and maybe washing seed trays for when I start my chillies and toms next month.

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ID Please

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 14:52

Looks like iris foetidissima to me.

Clementis Pruning

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 13:37

Give all clematis a generous feed of proper clematis food as growth starts again in early spring.  It helps them produce healthy new growth and plenty of flowers.  They also respond to occasional liquid boosts of tomato or rose feed from spring to early summer.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:45

A few inches of snow overnight so no gardening but OH has been out and cleared a path to the front door and also the garages as the doors wouldn't open this morning.

Since venturing out to give the birds an extra helping, I have taken refuge in the kitchen and am making soup and cakes whilst thinking about which veggies to grow in which bed this year.  I still have some Savoy cabbages and kale out there so may pick some to have with our rogan josh for dinner.

If anyone's ready for a coffee break the cakes are banana, apple and pecan and a coconut, lemon and blueberry - for tomorrow's Boogie class.

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 11:28

I have one plant kept over from lastyear but won't be sowing new ones till next month when light levels are better.   My sunniest window sills already have herbs and the chilli and a baby mandarine tree so are a bit full.

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