Richard Hodson

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Posted: 27/06/2016 at 22:01


Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 07:58

Also, another question, please.....

When does the extra £350 million per week for the NHS actually start to take effect ?

The £350 million that was written on the side of the bus.

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 07:50

I don't suppose it matters really unless you are...........

A young person looking to make a career here.......

A middle aged person looking for job protection.......

An elderly person with savings................

A business person wanting to export  or import................

A houseowner.......

A farmer........

Is this clematis wilt?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 20:50

Splendid idea, wife Irene uses trailing white bacopa on some of our clematis pots, a cheap basket plant but looks good through Summer. Lobelia would be just as good.

Is this clematis wilt?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:29

What I have been trying to say, and this is backed up by the article from international Clematis Society, is that the reason that clematis like their roots in shade is for water content, nothing to do with temperature.  Not ' they like their roots cool !! '

The late Dr. John Howells, in his book  ' Trouble free clematis, the viticellas ', says that a mature clematis needs 4 gallons of water per week, In hot conditions 1 gallon per day.

I asked the late Vince Denny, at his clematis nursery in nearby Preston many years ago, what did he feed his clematis with ?   He pointed to the tap on the wall.

I have the National Collection of Clematis Viticellas in the garden here, do I water them ? Yes.  Do I feed them ? No.

Clematis growing in large terracotta pots I have plenty, these I feed with 3.1.6 soluble fertiliser.

I have a clematis nursery, they are my bread and butter, it is best to share knowledge about clematis culture, we all learn daily.

Is this clematis wilt?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:48

from International Clematis Society...........

Growing Clematis in Shade

The old rule that tells one to shade clematis roots to keep them cool is misunderstood by most gardeners not familiar with clematis. Clematis are water lovers and will grow best if the roots are kept moist. Shaded areas are usually moist, but plants that compete with the clematis for moisture and provide shade are not recommended. The best way to keep your clematis roots moist is a heavy layer of organic mulch that will keep the soil moist and protect the soil from the drying sun. Clematis roots will eventually reach down into the ground up to four feet in search of water. It is best to water your new clematis often until it matures in about three to four years.

Varieties to Try to Grow in Shade: All the alpinas and macropetalas
Barbara Jackman
Bees Jubilee
Comtesse de Bouchaud
Dr. Ruppel
Fairy Queen
General Sikorski
Guernsey Cream
Hagley Hybrid
H.F. Young
Jackmanii (not J. Rubra or Alba)
Lanuginosa Candida
Lincoln Star
Margaret Hunt
Miss Bateman
montana rubens
Mrs. Cholmondeley
Nelly Moser
Perle d'Azur
Silver Moon
Snow Queen
The President
Wada's Primrose
Will Goodwin
William Kennett

Is this clematis wilt?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 12:51

Time for Plan B, Andy,   I reckon the only way forward now is to chop the whole plant down to ground level and keep watering hard with rainwater. New shoots should soon re-appear hopefully. Fingers crossed and good luck.

Why do people keep saying that clematis need their roots cool ?  I have clematis in my collection from seed collected in the wild from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama.

A pink Geum like Totally Tangerine?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:57

I have geum  Bell Bank.

Dying clematis

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:17

Too dry at the roots.

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who am I ?

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New clematis

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Quite pleased.....

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Quite pleased....

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