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Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:41

In my experience, clematis can take a season or two to settle and get their roots down and then they'll take off producing more stems from the base every year.  If you mulch them in autumn when the upper growth has lost all its foliage and turned twiggy you don't have to worry about not mulching the old stems.   They'll be cut off in spring anyway and the new stems will come from the root as long as you get the feeding right.  Greedy plants, clematis..

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 14:54

Not now as you may just end up disturbing and weakening the roots they have.  They go deep and are fleshy so easy to damage.   Give the plant a jolly good mulch of 3 to 4 inches of well rotted garden compost every spring to compensate for not planting them deeply.   Prune and feed as above before mulching.

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 12:18

Bright sun again but -6C and an easterly wind that has dried everything up so while it's glacial out there, it's not icy as there's no moisture except where there are bits of snow left.

No gardening as the soil is frozen and that wind just bites.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:31

Depending on the harshness of the winter, I do mine any time from late Feb to mid March, cutting them back to about 9 inches and then give them a generous dollop of clematis food and aliquid tonic of tomato food.  Here's the RHS advice - 

Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:05

Really don't care.   I find the programme has such a stupid format and challenges that I only watch it for the tips for growing veg and flwoers at the start of the grow and make challenges.   As for Thane Prince saying she'd never heard of rhubarb chutney!   I've been making that for years and I loathe pickles.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:31

-6C and sunny spells with snow.   Definitely no gardening.

The plant sellers in the markets pack up and go on hols in January and won't be back till mid Feb.  New perennials won't arrive in the garden centres till March. 

No point starting seeds off yet as there isn't room in the greenhouse till I can take out the stuff that's hiding from the cold.

Thinking of moving a conifer when it's a bit warmer and might have to think about making some cold frames and I have metal obelisks to paint but first a nasty cough to shed so am staying tucked up.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 13:57

I'm afraid I don't know the name.  I bought it years ago at a plant fair and it has quietly spread.  Looks lovely with the Gold Edger hosta and the glaucous ones too.  I pick up the gold with yellow hemerocallis and yellow flowered liguria and there's purple in the astilbe and hosta flowers as well as the Japanese anemones.    

As you can see that whole bed is heaving now so one job this spring is to take most plants out and replant the divisions with more space.  I may remove that golden conifer to another place too in the next couple of weeks as it is starting to block my view from the sofa onto the garden.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:24

Thank you Jess.

Mine have a purple rib and the whole leaf goes purpley in autumn then fades to straw.  Still looks good till late winter when I cut it back to let the fresh new growth through.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:31

I have hakonechloa in just such a place bordering the terrace.  It has golden striped foliage that waves in the breeze.   My bed gets sun in high summer but is otherwise shaded by the house all year.    You could also go for members of the primula family - wild primroses, cowslips, candelabras etc.

 The plant with big round leaves is astilboides which produces a tall stem of tiny, froty white flowers.   I also have chelone, hostas big and small and ligularia in the mix along with Japanese anemones and astilbes.


Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 16:11

This link simplifies things a little -  and the calendar is updated online for easy reference.  In busy periods with limited time available this helps me choose jobs to prioritise.

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