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What Bee friendly climber for West Facing wall???

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:35

I have a clematis Red Ballon which is always covered in bees when in flower.   I also have a single, open flowered rose Kiftsgate which the bees love.

I have a wisteria too and didn't know about their seed pods and dogs.  The wisteria wa splanted before we got our dogs.   Not normally a problem anyway as this is the first year we've had good flowers for  3 years after assorted hard winters and springs wiped them out.   I reckon it's a simple enough job to dead head the plant and so stop it wasting energy on seed pods, thus also saving the dogs.

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:23

Fishy!  How can you lose mint?  If I don't keep mine in pots it takes over and even when I keep it in pots ite scapes so I have an invasion of Ginger mint in one of my veggie beds.

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:01

Bronze fennel.

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:38

There are some little hostas that may be OK but I usually find they're best in pots on a display stand so you can appreciate them.   I'd go for something easy to maintain that doesn't suffer from slugs or mildew or other problems so hardy geranium macrorhizum every time as it's evergreen in normal winters and the foliage is scented and turns red for added interest. 

veg and poisons question??

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:16

If her plants have died and yours haven't it's safe to assume she's used a weedkiller and it hasn't landed on your plants, at least not on the foliage.

Is it just me?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:11

I was expected to stay clean as a child so now like nothing better now than getting good and mucky in the garden.   Nor do I have problems with cooking processes from adding liquids to dry ingrédients to make cakes, muffins or Yorkshire puds to kneading breads and getting sticky fingers.

I do also enjoy the process of getting clean again and after a long day out there in autumn or winter love a long, hot soak with a book and a glass of wine.  


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:49

It could be a break in the stem to those branches or a break in the bark layer which is exposing the cambium layer and preventing moisture and nutrients flowing up the stems.  It may also be verticulum wilt or simply severe thirst?

Cut off one of the sick stems and check for verticulum wilt -    If not that, try giving it a good soaking at the roots to see if that helps it recover.  If not, cut out all the affected stems and give it a feed or liquid rose or tomato food and some sequestered iron to help it recover. 

If the pruned stems do show signs of verticulum wilt you need to remove the plant with as much root ball as possible and destroy it.   Do not plant another rhodo in its place.  Disinfect your secateurs and other tools after cutting and after digging out.

Dahlia Cuttings

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:03

Once roots start showing at the bottom you need to pot them into bigger pots so they get fresh nutrients and can grow on or else plant them out in your borders.  If yu're lucky, they'll get big enough to have formed tubers by the first frosts and can be stored over winter in the usual way.

Duh! I bought the wrong Clematis for a container to train up a pergola.

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 21:55

You cut them back each Feb or March so they grow new stems which provide fresh foliage and the flowers.  They also need a generous feed at this time.

Clematis planted now are already growing and do not need pruning back.  They just need to be planted 4" or more deeper than tehy were in the pot as this helps keep their roots cool and also encourages production of more flowering shoots.

Give them a good watering in and then tie in their stems to their support.   Keep tying them in as they grow.  You can give them a boost of liquid rose or tomato food once a week till mid July to help promote extra flowers.

Propogating Clematis

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:11

The best way is by layering a stem into a pot or the ground and pegging it down till it is in contact with the soil an dthen wait till it roots which can take a season.    For cuttings, you need semi ripe wood which you ct half way between two leaf nodes for the base and just above a leaf node for the top.   Remove any flower buds and, if the leaves are large, one of the pair of leaves.

Place the cuttings around the edge of a pot of free draining compost such as John Innes mixed with extra grit.    Push the cuttings down till the leaf node is in contact with the soil.  water well then cover with a plastic bag or place in a propagator or cold frame out of direct sun.  Be patient.  It can take weeks for roots to form and the success rate is low.

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