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Rose pruning and frost

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 10:41

Too late for bandages.   Frost expands the cells which can lead to damage in unhealed pruning wounds and introduce die-back or disease.

Cross your fingers, feed the roses and keep an eye on them for a few weeks as any problems won't show immediately.  Then, if they do look damaged at the ends, prune back to healthy outward facing buds when there is no frost forecast.   

Wrong plants sent by mail order

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 23:12

Good advice form Bluebell.   You can also name and shame them on as many garden forums as you can be bothered to find - in the spirit of saving others from a rip off.


Posted: 16/02/2015 at 23:09

I don't think you can do the cuttings till the tubers are producing new shoots so, if you have somewhere relaibly frost free and sunny for them to grow on, start your tubers off soon but don't put them, or any cuttings, outside till some time in May, depending on when your last frosts are likely to occur.

Which Clematis for which wall?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 23:05

Go for a spin round the Clematis on the Web site and you'll find loads of whites and purples.   Except for Gravetye, Pagoda, Princess Diana and red Ballon all the ones I mentioned are white or purple or lilac or a mix.

I don't grow Armandii as my winters are too cold for evergreen clems to survive so can't help you there.   

Which Clematis for which wall?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 21:33

I think for a north facing wall or fence you want someting that flowers later in the season when it's warm enough to be out there to enjoy it.   I have Minuet, Caerulea Luxurians, Nelly Moser, Rahvarinne and Blue Angel (Blekitny Athol) on a north facing wall.

Betty Corning has bell shaped flowers and would do well on an east or west facing aspect and is scented.   Other bell shaped clems that would like it are Gravetye Beauty, Pagoda and Princess Diana.    Try also Red Ballon which is always covered in insects in my garden.

A great deal depends on your flower colour and shape preferences.   Just make sure that if you plant more than one clem to cover the same area that they are from the same pruning group or things will get very tangled indeed.

Whatever you choose, give the new clems a good soak befor eplanting and give them a hole at least 4 to 6" deeper than the pot they came in and back fill with plenty of garden compost and/or well rotted manure as clematis are hungry, thirsty plants.  Give them a spring feed of slow release clematis food and a drink of tomato food every now and again betwen bud burst and flowering.

It may seem painful but you should cut new clems back to a couple of buds on each stem at planting time and nurture them as they can take a year or so to get their roots settled in before they flourish up top.  It will be worth it.

Which Clematis for which wall?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 20:49

Use this website - - which has a search facility to let you list clematis according to aspect, colour, size, flowering time, colour etc.

Have fun.

When is a good time to redo a fence?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:45

Metposts are notorious for losing the plot in strong winds and 12' of panel is far toomuch to expect them to support.  

I suggest installing new posts in concerte filled holes at 6' intervals.  Do it in autumn when your plants are dormant but the soil is still warm enough for any you need to remove, stash and replant to grow a new root system over winter so they get a good start the following spring.

If you can't wait, do it as soon as possible so the plants can benefit from the spring surge of energy without check.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:25

Well done Biofreak.  A clear explanation though there will no doubt be sceptics.  

I didn't sow any toms or chillies or broad beans yesterday or today as it was so cold outside (6C at 10am) so I shall wait for the next fruit day when I hope it will be a tad warmer and there will also be a bit more light.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:18

-6C again at 10am this morning so definitely no gardening.   More such frosts expected during the week so just maintenance for me, messing with obelisks and fences and such as long as it stays dry.

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:16

I think no dig is appelaing on any soil - once you've extracted the roots of pernicious weeds and as long as you can give a generous mulch every year, preferably in autumn so the worms do the work over winter.

The only digging I do now is new planting holes for roses and shrubs.

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