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Hawthorn depth?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 18:01

I planted hawthorn whips 12 years ago in well prepared soil and trimmed them to 9 inches high.  They grew 6' in their first year.   I cut them back to half that so they would thicken up.   They grew 6' again.

In fact they grow about 6' every year and the hedge is now about 5' thick which is fine here a sit borders an arable field and acts as a windbreak and sparrow conference centre.

I think you may find pyracantha is a better bet - also good for wildlife as it has spring blossom and autumn berries and thorns to keep predators away from nests.  It is also evergreen and can be kept trimmed as a hedge.    Failing that, there is an apple and pear farm round here that keeps its roadside beech hedges trimmed to about 9" deep so your 18" should be easy but beech is less attractive to wildlife.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 17:55

I grow lilies in pots so they can be placed prominently when in flower and hidden away when they're over.    Love the flowers and perfume but yes, all too short lived and not pretty afterwards.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 17:26

Euphorbias.  I don't get them.   Nasty colours, invasive, harmful sap.   What's to like?

I have about 35 roses spread around the garden, a mix or ramblers, climbers and shrubs.  Doesn't take long to prune and feed them in spring or dead head when they need it.   Bees love them.   Flowers last ages.  Great perfume and colours.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 14:15

Opposit problem here Lyn.  31C, 49% humidity and no measurable rain for weeks.  Too hot, too sticky and too dry to garden.  I shall go and dead head later when it's cooler - including my roses which are dotted here and there amongst my perennials so don't attract diseases or pests.

They've been fabulous this year.

I did plant a hedge of rugosas at the beginning of this garden along the boundary betwen our former cow pasture and the arable field behind.  It spread and suckered like mad but didn't like the wind and wet and cold so always looked ropey and it was vicious.   I gave up on it after a few years and now we have a trellis fence made form builders' reinforcing metal mesh attached to posts - great for training squashes and blackberries - and have a row of prolific black and redcurrants plus a couple of purple gooseberries.   Bumper crops from all the fruit this year.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 13:30

Maybe you need a new nose?

Perfumed roses are gorgeous and smelly ones with open centres where insects can get at the pollen even better.    I don't spray my roses, just give them what they need so they grow strong.

I find bamboo boring and ugly, think ornamental grasses are over done and many on a par with bamboo for boringness and I too do not see the point of green flowers.

Pot plant recommendations please

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 11:24

Could you attach bigger pots, or window boxes to give more compost to plants?  Maybe with a drip tray attached?

Howe leeks might cope and would spread over the edges.

 

Pot plant recommendations please

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 10:35

17cm is tiny and would need daily watering in summer.

I think you need a re-think of the area.  What is it for?  Do you use it or look at it each day?  If not, why bother struggling with plants?  

Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:47

Hello Richard - growing plants in a garden is not the same as growing them in a nursery to sell.

I get all my clems from a pair of brothers who have a clematis nursery and they do just as you do, cutting back all their stock in summer, regardless of pruning group,  because it prepares the plants to have fresh, green growth for their next big selling period in autumn and means they don't have to do constant re-potting.

For those of us growing individual plants in gardens and wanting second flushes or long flowering, the cultivation methods I use are what they advise and what I find works in a garden situation.

Busy is also right.  Clematis can take a couple of years to get settled before they put on strong displays and they need feeding and watering well till they establish..

 

Big Butterfly

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 14:19

I'm in central Belgium, 30 miles south of Brussels.   One of these turned up in my garden about 8 to 10 years ago and laid eggs on my fennel.  The caterpillars were amazing too and only eat the foliage which I thought was very civilised.

Never saw what happened after that and haven't had any adults since.   Gorgeous butterflies.

Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 13:59

Multi-blue is a group 2 for pruning which means it gets a light trim after the first flush of flowers in late spring, early summer.

However, I think the main problem with yours is thirst and hunger.  It looks very dry and, in its first year, won't have had time to send its roots down deep looking for nutrients and moisture.   Clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so I suggest you start by giving it  a generous drink - at least 5 litres - or diluted tomato food.  Repeat after a few days and until the autumn rains set in in September.   Then you can give it a generous mulch of well rotted garden compost or manure and leave it till spring.

In spring, give it a generous feed of proper clematis food and cut back all stems to a healthy pair of buds.   Give it some more trellis either side of the existing panel as it will want to spread and training its stems horizontally or diagonally will encourage extra flowers.  Feed it with weekly drinks of tomato food.  When the first flush of flowers is over in June, dead head them and keep up the feeding and you should get a second flush in late summer.

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