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Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:57

..just a caution about those Boulevard clematis chicky has mentioned above... my only  experience of these was one called 'Ice Blue'.. cost me £18... and it was killed by frost after 2 years... killed outright...roots were dead....we did have a bad winter then...  so if you see that one... choose another...

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:53

..what I do is, I keep the canes in the middle of the Clematis so I can loosely tie in wayward shoots, [it doesn't twine or cling]...and I also push any shoots that want to grow outside the obelisk, in towards the middle, until they reach a higher point near the top.. then I allow some stems lower down to grow outside the obelisk.. this results in a cascading effect at flowering time... as some of the stems might flop which can put a dent in them, but this doesn't seem to affect the flowering... just carries on... growing conditions are quite different from obelixx above.... mine is growing in shade of north facing wall.. never gets the sun.. but is in good moist soil...  I underplant with Geranium 'Cambridge'...  as with all clematis I watch out for snails at this time of year....

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:21

...thank you so much...

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:53

..this is my very favourite plant, above all others... Euphorbia this sheltered spot it has survived -12c on occasions... it looks terrible when frozen, like we all self seeds, and as the late Christopher Lloyd once advised to replace every 5 years as ''young plants are so handsome''... and I agree with him there... this one is about 4 years old...the flowers have a honey like scent...and I like it best with some rain drops on the leaves... little Himalayan glade...


Camellia 'Deep Secret'...


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:46

..I like that 'Pamela Jackman' very much... who wouldn't..?  I've also got some of these types... 'Frances Rivis'..'Foxy'...and 'Propertius'... which are alpina's... plus macropetala's...'Markham's Pink' which I'm liking very much...and 'Wesselton'...this is a bit slow so far... 'Foxy' is a lovely bright colour which lights up a darkish area...

..most of these are recently planted...  I wouldn't mind a pure white one...

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:32

..I recently cut back my Hebe 'Red Edge' very hard. to a few inches of base... it's now shooting out everywhere... it had only 2 choices...well 3... live, die or sulk...

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:09

...retail....formerly used to be a spy at GCHQ..., not really... ex-BT...and delighted to be pensioned off...

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:41 might like the dark blue Clematis 'Arabella'... it's herbaceous so grows up vigorously from the base each pruning is easy, just cut it all off.. I have this planted in the ground with an obelisk on top... it's one of the longest flowering Clematis there are, so I believe... some might find it a bit dark, and the flowers on the small's also a bit short..maybe 4 - 5 foot...there are taller types... have a look and see what you think...

What goes into a new border?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:31

..I would have dug in as much of that gravel as I could, deeply, rather than dispose of it... gravel opens up poor soil and makes planting much easier... I would then immediately get around to planting, and as I go along I would incorporate a mix of multi compost/John Innes no. 2 with each planting some fertilizer....

..water in, and let them get on with it... in subsequent seasons I would top mulch...

Floppy peony

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 00:01

..well, I would cut out the rotten stem and then leave the plant alone... I wouldn't dig it up... it's possible the stem suffered some wind rock which damaged it... as you have noted it's one that does need staking, which is a shame as it's difficult to hide the stakes....yet it's often advertised as having 'sturdy stems'.... well they are sturdy but they flop.... otherwise it's a real beauty, one I used to grow but no longer have... as a bonus it has the most glorious autumn colour to the foliage... look out for that come October...


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