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Latest posts by Percy-Grower

In the Green

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 21:58

Thanks guys, the slit in the grass thing makes things a lot easier, i was thinking of taking plugs from grass back-fill with sand and a little compost pop the snowdrop in and bobs your uncle, it's not one of those immaculate well manicured lawns not with three kids and a dog running around, i've taken into account when i can and can't mow the lawn, as i live in central Scotland it should not be an issue...

Thanks again guys


In the Green

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 20:15

Hi Guys

I took advantage of the T&M snowdrops in the green offer and would love to naturalize them through my lawn, having looked online how to go about this the only way i can find is planting bulbs and overlaying the turf, obviously i can't do this when they are in the green, do i have to remove a piece of turf and plant them individually? Any help would be gratefully appreciated..


pinching out

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:40

Hi Yarrow 1+1

I planted over a dozen clematis last year and had mixed results, my best performers where the Tangutica's, esp the bill mackenzie & golden tiara varieties gorgeous yellow nodding bells and lanterns with lovely seed-heads, the best of the lot was my Nelly Mosser it just kept growing and producing flowers, but alas i grew that in my poly tunnel, see no reason why it wouldn't perform just as good outdoors if the weather was half decent, my polish spirit erm the jury's still out on that one, i planted it next to a chilean potato tree that decided to take off not only that i planted some sweet-peas in-front of it needless to say the combination of both kind of smotherd the polish spirit though i did peer through the tangled mess and the ps seems to have done reasonably well under the circumstances, my main mistake was planting clematis to close to one another, and i noticed the roots have come near the surface because of the way i waterd them, in future i will add a piece of pipe to get the water down to the roots to keep the roots deeper, i have a lot of repositioning to do come April when i cut them back, wonderboy i was advised by Taylor's clematis from whom i bought my plants from to cut back in April due to my climate which is the same as yarrow2's, i hear you on the itching to get out in the garden and do something yarrow  i to pondered cutting mine back after seeing the new growth on the upper part of my clematis last week when we had some decent spring like weather, just mind we had frost first week in June last year, so patience really is a virtue for a Scottish gardener, besides the autumns have been much milder in recent years which can give us a longer growing season, my sweet peas were still producing blooms in November...Anyhoo's I'm rambling i'll try and post some pictures this summer if i can figure it out...



pinching out

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:37

Hi Yarrow2 (what happened to yarrow1?)

Nice to hear from you again, where to begin, first of all i agree with granny sorry i mean gran-mama, cut your polish spirit (G3's) down to a healthy pair of buds about 8 to 12" from the ground, this should promote new growth from beneath, if you don't prune it back it means you could have bare stems at the bottom and blooms away above eye level, as it is in a pot you could always reposition it if you cut it back away from the drips from the scaffolding, i would also cut it back later very late March early April due to our wonderful climate, as for feeding i use tomato feed (tomatorite) twice a week during the growing season but stop feeding when it produces flowers or this will shorten the flowering period. As for my own trials and tribulations i had mixed results. Tis getting a bit late for me i shall post again tomorrow, that almost sounded if i knew what i was talking about..

once again was nice hearing from you

TC Davie-S

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:20

Tis all very well this mild winter/spring weather but its confusing me and my plants, we have had a very mild winter for central Scotland and my clematis are starting to bud and new shoots are sprouting, the advice i recieved is cut my group 3's back in April because of my climate, if i wait till April they will have put on to much new growth to prune, if i prune them now sure as eggs is eggs we will get lots of snow and frost, last year we had frost first week in June, oh what to do prune now? or prune in April? any advice?...




Posted: 25/10/2012 at 22:32

Thanks for giving me the benefit of your experience guys..



Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:55

Thanks guys, i guess a lot of it is just down to experience and personal preferences..Darn it's to late to take my rooting gel and powder back to B&Q..

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:42

My favorite weather is a  frosty Autumn morning with plenty of sunshine, might not be great for the garden but it's fantastic to go for a long walk in, don't you think?



Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:35

Thanks Alina, your explanations do make sense, you weren't a politician in another life were you?..


Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:25

Hi peeps, being relatively new to gardening i've been doing a lot of research and reading up, but the more i read the more contradictions i find, here's a few questions... Do broken crocs in the bottom of a plant-pot aid drainage?... Should i soak my sweet pea seeds overnight?...Should i use hormone rooting powder when potting up my cuttings?...Yes would be the accepted answer to those three questions but i've found plenty of reputable sites contradicting the accepted advice, so what is the right advice? or is it more of a whatever works for you kind of thing, no right or wrong answer...


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