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Coffee granules

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:47

Apparently, or allegedly, it is illegal to put coffee grounds round plants to keep slugs away. 

It is in contravention of the EU regulations.......look it up !!!

How crazy are we getting ?

Clementis Pruning

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 14:54

Your clematis will be a tangutica or orientalis and is a Group 3, BUT, it is best unpruned until about April when you should see some new green shoots on the plant, then cut it back to about 3 ft.

Most Group 3 are chopped back almost to the ground in February, but the yellows in my experience are best treated differently.

Also, you should still have plenty of seed heads on your plant, the birds love these for lining their nests. ( try sowing a few in a zippy freezer bag with damp vermiculite, they are easy )

" If it flowers before June, do not prune ", means that the atragenes, montanas, Early Large Flowered Hybrids, should not be pruned hard back as they flower on last year's wood.

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 18:36

Christmas Cheer

Clematis present

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:43

The important factor when purchasing a clematis is to look at the root system, the foliage, flowers, fancy labels are not really an issue. Most clematiis are deciduous ( unless you purchase 1 of the so-called evergreen varieties, many of which look foul in our Summer months ).

The majority of clematis have thick brownish, bootlace, type roots with white growing tips.


Clematis present

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 22:49

Oops, sorry !!

What would I know about clematis ?

Clematis present

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 21:32

Plant them both, they will be OK, it is just natural dieback of the foliage. Do you know which varieties they are ?

Scented white phlox .

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:32

White Admiral is fantastic at present, tall, mildew free, good scent.


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 21:48

Which clematis have you lost ? The easiest and most reliable are the Group 3's.

Try a viticella or one of the taller herbaceous varieties.

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 21:08

Haha, thanks for the plug, Lucy.

Hope you like this also.


Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 19:57


Is there a term used to describe Gardeners World journalists ?

Just curious,  Richard.

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