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How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 22:59

The only root protection I use is an inverted terracotta plant pot with the bottom knocked out.  Stops OH hoeing and decapitating my treasured clems.  

Other than that, I have plants at their feet so no need for slates and so on.   The ones I have  growing on in  pots are kept out of full sun and have a mulch of chipped bark to help keep the roots cool.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:20

Polish Spirit is a group 3 so should flower this year on this year's growth.   I would give it a tonic of liquid tomato food now to help it along and a few wildlife friendly slug pellets as it looks very juicy so a  slug magnet.

Every spring, in March, cut it back to the ground and give it a generous handful of specialist clematis food or slow release rose or tomato food.   It will regrow and flower again on the new stems, especially if you can train them horizontally or diagonally to increase flowering vigour..

Plant ID, Rose

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 16:07

Peter Beales do list the Violette so check out their website and see if you recognise the other.

If you're looking for a white rambler there are many to choose from - Kiftsgate, Wedding Day, Rambling Rector are all once flowering classics and can get huge.

I would suggest you also look at the newer repeat flowering rambling roses such as Phyllis Bide, Lady of the Lake, The Albrighton Rambler or if space is limited, Snow Goose.   They are all perfumed and from David Austin, bare-rooted or in pots.

Disappointing daisies

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 15:51

Ideally plants like this should be lifted and divided every 3 years which lets you keep the vigorous newer stuff and bin the tired, woody, non flowering parts.  You will end up with spares you can plant elsewhere or use to increase the size of your clump or swap with friends.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 14:07

They like to go very deep so tall, medium width pots are better than short, wide ones.   My clematis supplier sells his in pots 2.5 to 3 times as deep as they are wide.

Sometimes you just have to use common sense when potting on clems and roses which like deep root runs.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 14:01

The Beechgrove Garden (BBC2 Sunday mornings) produces fact sheets which summarise programme content.   The one for June 9th includes veggies in containers - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/module_uploads/2/Factsheet_2016_-_prog_11.pdf 

There'll be more in earlier fact sheets for this year but previous years are also available - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/factsheets to browse through.

Google will bring up all sorts of plans for making containers and troughs, eg - http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-planter-box-plans-designs-ideas/ 


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:29

Good film Clari.

FG - I've just been out to buy some mew cough mixture.  Different brand, different formula so I hope it works better.

Been busy doing admin for the dance club all morning but now I'm off outside to pot and potter.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:21

I believe there are modern rules about separating non married couples now - rights to a share in the home after so many years of co-habiting - rights to assets, responsibility for any children etc.  

UK citizens' advice has this - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/Documents/Advice%20factsheets/Family/f-ending-a-relationship-unmarried-couples.pdf

After a quick google, it would appear that French law does not differentiate between married and common law couples where children are involved so you are entitled to a home and financial support for Charlie till he leaves education.  You need to get professional advice about exactly what you are entitled to and also how you can earn a living if you do have to give up the B&B.   Even if you come to an amicable agreement you need to get it written down and notarised in case things go sour.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:10

DD - you need to forewarn someone that you are worried so they can keep an eye and react swiftly if needs be - school director, social services, police, family support etc.   Local communes in Belgium have these so I expect you do too.

I know it's hard after years of being worn down but you do have to stand up for yourself and tell him his behaviour is unnacceptable and that the marriage is over and that you and Charlie are not leaving your home.  Take steps now to secure your local bank account and assets before you confront him.

Good luck.

Plant ID, Rose

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 09:01

Do you still have the programme from Chelsea?  It will list the exhibitors.  As I recall, the major rose nurseries with a stand were David Austin, Peter Beale's and Harkness but there may have been others.

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