Richard Hodson

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What is this plant?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:39

Polygonatum or Solomons Seal

First flower..........

Posted: Yesterday at 22:32

This is from the same batch of seeds, completely different.

First flower..........

Posted: Yesterday at 19:48

Thanks, yes, similar size and shape to Buckland Beauty, picture of mine here, but  no white on BB and I don't think any crispa in there, either.

First flower..........

Posted: Yesterday at 19:11

............on this new clematis crispa hybrid, very pleased with the colour on this one.

Clematis planting

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 20:24

Depends what you mean by ' pretty grotty '

Clematis montana, the wild species from which your plant is derived, grows wild in Northern India, China, Himalayas, so please do not pamper your plant, it will look after itself provided your ground is not waterlogged in Winter, and is well drained.

'Pretty grotty ' will probably be heaven for your plant.

Clematis planting

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 19:05

The one that you are planting in the border needs to go straight into your garden soil with no additives, providing the soil is free draining and not a sump.

For pot clematis I have gone full circle, tried John Innes, poor results, and ended up using Irish peat, any good multi purpose compost will be OK

Before planting either of your clematis stand them in a bucket of cold water for a couple of hours.

Small scale plant nursery??

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 18:59

Go for it, girl, you will enjoy it more than anything you have done in your life, we need more specialist nurseries, keep out the bog standard imported stuff to be found at most garden centres and supermarkets.

Choose your selected speciality plants carefully, many have been ' done to death '

Hardy geraniums are good to start with, source the rarer cultivars, then propagate them vegetatively, not many people supply the wonderful psilostemon geraniums, a gorgeous Summer plant, then take seed and propagate them and produce new varieties, you can then name these as Aunt Mary or Uncle Fred, and you will find that true mature gardeners are always looking for ' something different '

Good Luck !!

Clematis - can I prune now to stop growth?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:42

I have never used saucers under pots that I grow clematis in, maybe they would be too wet, they like free draining soil.

Re the previous point about clematis not liking their roots hot, I have species clematis from Alabama, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, where I assume the soil is quite warm, but they are obviously happy there.

Clematis pruning

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:34

You say your clematis will flower late Summer, so it is Group 3, you should have chopped it hard back in February.

You can still chop it back to 2 or 3 ft., this will delay flowering for a few days but you should get more flowers.

You could try it with half of the stems to prolong the display.

problem with clematis

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:30

Try rolling up a newspaper, then soak it thoroughly, then place it like a collar on the floor round the base of your clematis this evening.   Tomorrow morning gently unroll the newspaper, shake it, and see if any earwigs drop out.   Let us know.

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Quite pleased....

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