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Moving a Clematis

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 17:41

Great.  I really wanted to read that.  I can't resist doing things in the garden as soon as an idea/vision comes to my head but at the same time I don't want to loose the Clematis and miss out altogether on flowers next Spring. it will be a tackle to loosen it from the 'thorny' rose climber but here goes nothing..... Thanks for your opinions.

Moving a Clematis

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 14:13

Hello,I have a Clematis 'montana var. rubens' which, since Spring 2015, has attached itself to a rose arch and the 'new dawn' rose climber which has been growing within the arch for the past 2-3 years.

I feel that it was a mistake planting the Clematis there so wish to now move it to a more suitable position in the garden.  However, I am uncertain whether to try to detach it from the rose arch and rose climber and move it now, Autumn 2015.  OR, whether to wait until it has finished flowering in Spring/early Summer 2016 and cut it right back and then move it?

Your opinions/advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks, Nicole


Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'columnaris'

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 10:59

Dear Edd, an additional note:  having enquired about testing the soil, I was told that it is almost impossible to isolate any actual disease in the soil.  They then advised to just did a hole large  enough removing the previous soil and replacing it with new, fresher, and hopefully, disease-free soil.

Holes on Rhododendron leaves

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:57

Can anyone help me on this one??

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'columnaris'

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:56

Than you everyone for yr advice.  Yep, we're going to be daring and take these plants out rather than risk any further problems and replace them with taxus baccata.  Was looking into a Ligustrum but read that it doesn't like too much wind.  So hopefully we have found a good solution.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'columnaris'

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:55

Hey SwissSue, thanks for that.  Have looked into it, even tried a spray from here in Switzerland but nothing helped it.  My husband pulled it out of the ground today and said it just slipped out of the soil and hadn't taken root.  Will try to get a test on the soil to see if this disease is in the soil before planting something new there.  I am guessing the other 5 trees will also eventually be affected!  If you have had experience with this problem I would be interested  to hear how you dealt with the soil afterwards and if any spores could be left in the soil and affect the next plant?

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'columnaris'

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:05


this is our third attempt with 5 of these plants in the same spot, the first 2 attempts failed (we believe) due to the hole for the plant not being deep enough.  Now I am close to giving up!  One tree in particular as lost the will to live, so to speak, and it' getting worse by the week.  It's branches are browning and/or loosing their colour and drooping.  I shall attach a couple of photos and see if anyone else has had the same experience and what you may of done to resolve this issue.  It's certainly not helping the 'kerb appeal'.  Tks.


Holes on Rhododendron leaves

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 10:54


Hi Dovefromabove.....

here are a couple of pictures I have taken of my plant.  The translation of the possible animal that I have been told by neighbours that could be causing it is a otiorhynchus?!  Any solutions for deterring this animal would be wonderful and very much appreciated.  The same is also appearing on my Prunus lusitanica (photos attached)

Ants on raspberry bushes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:21

Ha, ha ....tks marinelilium, I will give the soapy water a try.  I am guessing that it would also be ok just to spray where the ants are and continue to do so when they return ?!  never tried the hip action though, will keep the neighbours amused!

Holes on Rhododendron leaves

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:02

I have small bite holes around the outside of my Rhododendron leaves.  Having looked at various online forums I seem to have established that it's an animal that enjoys a night picknick!.  But how can I really get rid of this animal and save the leaves from being further attacked?  I live in Switzerland and find it not always possible to get the same products as in England (or Australia) so would therefore have to resort to a 'natural' form of a fighter.  Any suggestions would, as usual, be greatly appreciated.

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