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Clematis ID please

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 18:14

You can search on this website which allows you to enter tepal/flower colour, stamen colour, flowering time and anything else you know to whittle down the possibilities - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm  

Sickly looking shrub

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 17:30

See your other thread on this shrub and the conifers.


Posted: 25/05/2017 at 17:25

One will be enough as it gets up to 3m when mature. - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=176 

Dunk the pot in a bucket of water to soak the roots then plant it several inches deeper than it was in the pot - promotes extra shoots and helps combat clematis wilt - and make sure you backfill the hole with plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure.  Water well and then mulch with more compost or else chipped bark to retain moisture and keep weeds down as they compete for water and nutrients.

Train the shoots as horizontally and diagonally as possible - trellis or else tensioned wires across the fence - and keep it watered for its first season.  Remove the first May/June flush of flower heads as they go over so that it concentrates energy on a second flush of flowers later in summer.   That's all the pruning it needs except to remove dead or broken stems each spring when new growth starts.

Feed it generously every spring with specialist slow release clematis food.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 13:59

Pdoc - I would say naive and maybe just a bit blinded by political bias.  The February figures were also down and were reported in the Guardian but then there wasn't an election looming so no fuss - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/23/net-migration-to-uk-falls-by-49000-after-brexit-vote

Jolly hot here but there's a strong easterly breeze to keep me cool - ish.  I should be sanding furniture outside but can't cos it's Ascension and no power tools allowed on public holidays so I'm pottering with pots of tulips, recuperating compost for the heap and bulbs for re-planting in beds where they can "sink or swim" according to their wishes.   Sowing some beans too and having a bit of a tidy up of pots and tools and trays.

garden mirror

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 13:48

You posted this query twice and have had answers on the other one.  Go see.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 11:07

It's a quarterly report Pdoc.  The last was in February which makes May the next and given Brexit the figures are hardly a surprise.

garden mirror

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:20

It's all about position.  No casualties with mine in nearly 20 years tho I did have the odd bird with a headache after flying into upstairs windows.  One turtle dove left an outline on a landing window last year but there was never a problem with the mirror which was low down and positioned to reflect summer sunsets back onto the terrace.

Last edited: 25 May 2017 09:23:52

Does anyone know what is causing this?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:18

It's a fungal disease spreading across the UK.  The RHS has this info and advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

Do not buy any more box plants until you have this problem resolved either by successful care or removal and burning as it will affect future plantings and also neighbours' plants.

Lets come together and share our thought's and Prayers

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:11

As Terry Pratchett said, it's the good you do that matters, not the god you pray to.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:04

You don't have to be gay to think CB is an ideal man.  He's just lovely - friendly, pleasant, intelligent, knowledgeable and a garden plant and design guru.  What more can you want?

They can all win gold FG.  It's not a competition against the other gardens.  It's about following the brief and attention to detail and scoring points in several preset categories.  I can't believe they thought his planting too dense given that that's what Chelsea gardens do - cram the place full of plants, often performing before or after their normal season.  It's a lot more "natural" now than when I first attended in 1989.  Still OTT but it's a show, so that's OK.

I want to see gardens, with ideas I can adopt of modify for my own, not miniature landscapes of Mars, Lebanon, Provence, deserts - we've had them all.

Hot here already but breezy so OK.  I have to spray the polytunnel to clear it, plant and pot on treasures, sow some beans and sand furniture.   Public holiday for Ascension here so a quiet day.

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