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Is it just me?!

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 10:43

I have about 2 square metres of over enthusiastic geranium phaeum I cleared out of two beds I have revamped this spring.   They are parked on a tarpaulin sheet where I would normally have a table and chairs because I can't bring myself just to bin them all.   Maybe I'll find someone who would like some and maybe there'll be space to put some in when I clear the next bed along.........

Meanwhile I keep them watered and talked to and they're doing fine and flowering and are full of bees.   It's a good job I kept them as some turned out to have white flowers and are now potted up and being nurtured.

clematis in containers

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:07

Like I said - fine if the container is big enough and they get fed properly.   Most composts only have fertiliser for 90 to 100 days.    I now start off my new clems in containers for the first year or two and then plant them out.   I find they can then cope better with all the competition in the borders and I can move them to shelter if the winter is a bit naughty.

I don't grow any evergreen ones as winters here are definitely too severe so you'll have to use your local knowledge to decide about bubble wrap.

clematis in containers

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 22:55

Clematis roots are thick and fleshy and like deep, cool root runs.  It is always recommended that they be planted at least 4" deeper than they were in their pot as this encourages them to form extra shoots and increase flower power.   Your pot will need to be at least 60cms wide and deep and preferably deeper if your clematis is to stay there more than a couple of years.  

Clematis are gross feeders so you will need a very good compost to which you will have to add extra slow release food for clematis or roses every spring as well as regular watering and occasional liquid feeds throughout the growing season.

Clematis cirrhosa is hardy down to -5C and armandii will cope down to -10C but neither will like having frozen roots so, depending on how cold your winters are, you may get away with just protecting the pot with external bubble wrap well ahead of any cold spell.

Blooming calendar

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 09:55

Have you tried google?   I found this - which is a good place to start.  They have a list for every month.

Epsom salt

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 08:11

Tootles - they originated from a spring in Epsom, hence the name.   Mix of magnesium and sulphur and oxygen apparently.

Infested Tree?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:56

They are aphids I think.   Leave them alone and the birds will come and hover them up for their young and with any luck the ladybirds and hover flies will come and eat them too.

Try hanging some peanut or fat ball feeders near the tree to encourage the birds to investigate..

Epsom salt

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:59

1 tablespoon/15ml of Epsom salts in one gallon/5 litres of water.   Spray on foliage or pour over using the fine hose on your watering can.    Very cheap, very simple and won't do any harm.    

Chlorotic leaves

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:49

I was in Manchester last week with my scientists on their annual English immersion trip.  Found some Epsom salts at Boots and they had them at Superdrug too.

"Scalped" Leylandii - can thinning deadwood help?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:43

Thin out the dead wood.  Conifers do not grow back from brown wood so you'll have to hope he remaining greenery will grow and spread enough to cover your bare patches.   Try giving the green parts a spray feed using a solution of seaweed fertiliser to encourage them.

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:40

You can buy hanging basket watering gizmos at good garden centres and DIY stores.  Failing that, stand on a chair or find a tall friend.

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