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Posted: 22/02/2016 at 10:43

You can look up your clematis on this website - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/ to check you have planted them with their best aspect.  It will also tell you when to prune according to its group.

In my experience, all clematis take a year or two to get their feet down before they start producing strong new growth.   In addition, some clematis are tender, some bone hardy and many are in between.  They all need to be planted deep in well prepared holes a few inches deeper than they were in their pots.   Then they need a good watering and generous dollops of clematis food every spring, the correct pruning and their new stems training out to encourage flowering.


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 19:05

Drowning sort of day here.  Our paddock is a lake again and the garden is too squelchy to walk on apart from paths up the veggie patch and to the bird feeders and compost heaps.

Dancing was good though.

Reclaimed chimney pot

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:57

Wire brush or steel wool to take off the worst then leave it to weather.  The paint will flake off and fade over the seasons and look more natural.

Not sure what to do with this space.

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 16:20

Friends of mine have a similar dark spot backed by deep purple foliaged sambuccas.  They've put a  white statue in there and it looks great.  

If budget is a problem, try a large white or cream pot on a plinth and plant it with pale variegated ivies to trail down and seasonal upright bulbs and plants for contrast and variety.

Not sure what to do with this space.

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 14:34

Well chosen statues are fine.  They can be used to fill an awkward spot or give a focal point or contrast with and thus set off other textures, colours and shapes be they plants or other hard landscaping.

Going to have a rainy day today?

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 09:46

Different kind of juggling here - roasting veg for soup, sewing buttons on new blouses, making cakes for tomorrow's disco rock class and proving bread for soup.......

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 09:41

It has been freezing all week and now we have low cloud and waves of rain blasting past.   I've been out to feed the birds and will have to go out again to empty Compost Corner onto the heap.    Filled it up with peelings from a home grown butternut squash and red onion peelings to make soup for lunch.

Gardening by proxy?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 23:11

Thanks for the tip GWRS.    I'm well over 55 but you have to be UK resident to get most discount cards and our paint raid will be on a Monday as we have dancing every other day of the week........

I already have some pollarded willows along the stream and we did have a row of 25 poplars that have had to be cut down as they were getting a bit too tall and unstable and two had already toppled in high winds.   I'm planting more willows to replace them but there is just too much water sloshing around to get to some of the bank where I want to put a couple of weepers.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:39

Yes please.   It's very useful to me especially when propagating but also just for basic organisation of tasks on days I'm free to garden - and the weather lets me!

Maybe start a new year thread so the mods don't split it later on?

PS - I buy British made paint whether here or there and wood stains are 2 or 3 times the price here too so they're a UK purchase.

suggestions please

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:36

Friends of mine have used a birch tree stump to park a sculpture........


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