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Waterlogged area

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 21:20

I used to grow mine from seed but it is a bit late now to start them off.  They can take a while to germinate and then need a long growing time.  Best to see if you can get them as plants.  If not then you will be ready for next year. 

If you do manage to get some plants then when they are established and starting to produce their bulb you must cut off the leaves which are growing from the sides of the bulb and just leave the leaves on the top.  They sound like they are fiddly to grow - what with the water and the snipping of the leaves - but they are very easy and you will be rewarded with a grand harvest.  When you see how much celeriac costs in the shops you will be glad you grew them.  We eat them instead of pototoes and now I have stopped growing them our food bill has increased. 

Incidentally, when boiling celeriac always cook them in half milk and half water as this takes out any bitterness.  They also make great chips - peel and chop into fat chips, drizzle over some olive oil and pop them into a hot oven.  They store really well too.  Good luck.

Waterlogged area

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 17:51

Try some celeriac - they love water and taste good too.  I gave up growing them when my water bill almost tripled one year when we'd had very little rain and my water butts had emptied but I had to keep the celeriac going.

I grow my three rhubarbs in quite a hot sunny spot without ever watering and they do really well.  In fact, had some for pud today.  It gets a little well rotted manure each year which probably helps to retain some moisture.  I would imagine that a boggy site would rot the crowns - but I could be wrong.

For flowers, I would plant arum lily - Zantedeschia
Don't be put off by people who say they are for funerals.  That's just rubbish.   I grow them in a boggy site and they are absolutely beautiful.  You can get other colours besides white but I much prefer the white ones.  A small plant will quickly multiply and in about 3 years you can lift and divide them easily with a spade and turn your boggy site into a beautiful area.  Perhaps some ferns too with some day lillies, astilbies and hostas (watch the slugs).  Not forgetting the gorgeous ligularia - one of my favourites for leaf colour.  They would all love the bog.

Clematis Montana killed during winter

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 17:12

Thank you everyone who gave their advice and encouragement.  I will cut it down to the ground and wait.  Fingers crossed. 

Clematis Montana killed during winter

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 10:56

My 8 year old C.M. which rambled over an arch has been nuked during a rather harsh winter, unusual hot early spring and then two severe frosts.  I have checked the stems and there's not a piece of green so it will all have to be cut down. 

I would like to leave the roots in situ in the hope it will send up new shoots (nothing so far).  Is there any liklihood of this?


Posted: 19/05/2012 at 10:48

Totally agree with backyardee - Peonies hate being planted too deep.  You can lift and divide them easily - as I do regularly - and they'll just keep on doing what they do best so long as you plant them at exactly the same depth as they were before.  So, it may be worthwhile lifting your unflowering Peony very carefully, Yvonne, and replanting it a little higher.  If you are worried that it is too late this year then scrap away some soil around the stems until the end of the season and then replant.


Posted: 19/05/2012 at 10:41

Hi Lavande,

Due to a restructure of my garden I had to move two well established Cistus about a month ago.  They were also quite leggy with lots of brown stems with nothing on.  So, they had two chances so I chopped them to within an inch of their lives and replanted them in their new homes.  They are now looking great - a bit smaller but they'll grow - and starting to flower.  Hope this helps.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 10:20

I chopped all my Sedum Spectabilis last year, except one as a control.  I have a lot of these plants around my large garden as the bees and butterflies love them.  I was a bit apprehensive as to what would happen but they flowered beautifully and stayed upright and squat - unlike the unchopped plant which looked dreadful.  I will see which plants benefit from the Chelsea Chop this year and do it again.

Other plants which respond well are:

Anthemis tinctoria (Golden marguerite)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
Solidago (Goldenrod)

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