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Do i need to cut this?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:29

Try it when the compost is dry as that's lighter or just take it outside for an occasional rain shower but don't leave it out in the sun.

Do i need to cut this?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:33

I have the variegated form in my living room.  It's 40 years old and 2 metres high.  

It likes a light place but not full sun.  I give it liquid feeds from spring through summer then just water from mid autumn and through winter.  I trim all the little bare brown sticky stems to keep it neat.   Every now and again I take it upstairs and stand it in the shower to freshen up the foliage and when we go on hols I gather all our houseplants in the shower and bath and give them a good rinsing down and soak the compost in the pots thoroughly then leave them all gathered together making a micro climate and come home to very healthy, happy plants.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:23

They need poor, well drained soils and full sun in a sheltered spot.   This may help you -


Camassia changing colour

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:52

A form of reversion?   There are white camassias so maybe pale blue is normal or maybe they're missing some essential mineral to keep them blue.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:18

I meant Caerulea Luxurians.

Hanna may well cope with cold Swedish snowy winters with their blanket of snow for insulation but doesn't do -15C without the snow.   Nor does Mme JC.

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 23:05

It may be sarcocca whose common name is sweet box though it's an entirely different plant.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 23:01

The ones I mentioned are all summer flowering group 3s so are grown like the viticellas and very hardy.

In my experience, Mme Julia Correvon and Hanna are wusses that don't cope with hard winters.    Betty Corning has nodding, lilac/blue-ish bells which are perfumed.  Caerulea Elegans is another toughy but not perfumed.

Wisteria flowering

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 17:24

Some wisterias take a long time to get to flowering maturity and a lot of their flower power depends on correct pruning in July and January to encourage the formation of flowering spurs.

Have a look at this info from the RHS for info on wisteria care -


jersey plants

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:26

Rather than complain about the excess of promotional mails inviting you to buy more you should send a single subject mail enquiring politely about your order stating when you made it and asking when they expect to deliver.  You could also suggest a deadline of 10 to 14 days for delivery or a refund.

If that deadline passes with no results, send another mail referring to the first and tell them then that a lack of adequate response will lead to your reporting them to Trading Standards.


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:22

My dahlia tubers are currently in an assortment of rubber trugs and tin baths and just in water to rehydrate the tubers and start the shoots growing.  I keep them in the garage overnight and bung them out in the sun on warm days or just set them in the doorway during the recent cold snap and gales.

This weekend I shall be taking cuttings of some of the shoots to increase stocks and grow them on in pots on the terrace.    They'll get good quality compost and extra feeds because planting composts only have enough for 100 days and then run out of oomph.    The main tubers will go in the borders this year and get lots of garden compost worked into their planting holes and as a mulch so they can build up next year's tubers and flowering strength. 

I'll be making some comfrey tea next week from plants in the garden and that will be ready in 3 or 4 weeks to use as a free and very effective foliar feed.

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