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Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:24

I have grown all sorts of clematis successfully in ceramic pots and also plastic - getting them ready for life in the ground and, lately, for moving to a new garden.   They are all still there waiting to be planted and not wilting at all tho in full sun in 32C today.  The only one in trouble is a young one from last spring that has been "pruned" by snails but is now showing signs of regrowth.

I wonder if maybe yours got frosted recently or if you have a naughty slug or snail or 3 that are chewing the stems at the base.  Both would cause wilting.   Try some slug pellets or going out after dark witha torch and picking them off or both methods to be sure.   If the root system is healthy it should recover.

van Meuwen

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 16:03

The plants should have come with care instructions but it is also common sense to pot on teeny plants till big enough to cope both with weather and competition and also to know or research enough about what you've ordered to know what to do with things like corms and bulbs and bare-rooted plants.  

I reckon the problem is 50/50 but worth a polite complaint to the supplier to ask for replacements and also care instructions plus a delivery schedule if they won't offer a refund.

Windy parking bay

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 15:55

It's a bit narrow.  I would worry about pots meaning you can't snuggle cars up against the wall for safety and also that pots would go walkies.

Maybe you could consider building a heavy timber planter along the wall and in between where the two spaces meet and then fill with compost and plant permanent spring bulbs with changing annuals for spring summer and autumn displays and something evergreen for winter.  

It could have a trellis at the back to allow for climbers but they would need to be wind resistant.  

Choice of plants depends on your temperature range so where are you?  You would also need to be prepared to water your chosen container(s) often - every day in summer and sometimes twice in a hot spell.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 15:49

Cooling a little now so I'm off outside to try again.  Have just found a white ermine moth on the living room wall.  Never seen one before.  Isn't it gorgeous?

Can't find what it eats but I shall move it to the nettle patch in case it wants to lay eggs.

Black currant in pot

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 15:33

Yes - one per pot and if you prune to pick the way I suggest you control size.

Black currant in pot

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 14:50

I would say the biggest you can manage and 60cms minimum wide and deep.  Put drainage crocks in the bottom and then fill with John Innes no 3 mixed with about 1/4 of MPC for moisture retention.  They should then be good for 2 or 3 years before they need re-potting but you will need to maintain moisture levels with regular watering and food supplies with a spring supplement of blood, fish and bone and an occasional liquid feed of liquid tomato food to encourage flowers and fruit.

A suggestion for picking fruit that automatically renews the plant - cut out each fruited stem and then sit in comfort holding the stem upside down to remove the fruit.  This way you will always have new fruiting stems and maximum cropping.

Weeds around Bluebells

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 14:39

There are no weedkillers that discriminate between weeds and bluebells.  You'll have to do it by hand.

Sticky bud is nasty but does succumb if you pull it up regularly and can use a hand fork to get roots too.   Dandelions just re-grow if you only pull up the leaves so use a fork or prong to get the entire root out.  Also, a daily hoeing by hand will decapitate weeds and starve the roots so don't weed and then leave it too long.

Once cleaned, the area can be mulched with leaf mold or chipped bark to a depth of 2" to cut out the light and prevent further germination and it should then become more manageable.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 14:32

That's good Liri.  I love making gravadlax with lots of dill.  Used to get it in huge bunches from the Moroccan chappies in Belgium markets.  Haven't see it here yet.

Too hot for weeding so waiting an hour or so in order to avoid frazzle.

Onion plant

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:58

You need to learn patience.  You won't get harvestable onions for 2 or 3 months yet.   Keep the soil between them hoed to reduce competition from weeds for water and nutrients so they can grow in peace.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:55

Let's hope a move up the ladder helps you get the problem identified Hosta.

Ever wondered what you'd make with a 3D printer?  I've seen stories about plastic guns in the USA, bone replication to help with graft operation in the UK and what does Belgium do?  Chocolate of course - https://all3dp.com/3d-printed-chocolate-miam-factory-belgium-mouthwatering/ including a chocolate beer bottle!

Cosmos has now come indoors - to wash his ears.   I'm off to weed the silk tree bed.

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