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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...


My New Climbers

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:46

..thank you... I shall go there tomorrow... it's only local to me..

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:43

..Forester2.... I do like your border there very much, especially the large Pittosporum at the end.... would that be Garnettii or Elizabeth..?  there are several silver ones...

'Silver Queen' is a favourite and 'Collaig' is another which I have along with 'Elizabeth'... they do suffer from severe winters where I am... I've lost one or two...

..anyway... very nice indeed...

Hebe varieties

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:37

...I'd say that the first one is pinguifolia 'Pagei'... not sure about the other...

My New Climbers

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:35

..I've got that Clematis and for £1.80 you've got a real bargain there considering the size of the plant already.... I would expect to pay a lot more than that for one this size... that's amazing... I'm amazed... I shall have to pay them a visit, and wonder if they've got any other clematis varieties...

How to propagate Rhododendron

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:32

..layering would be the best option and yes they would be the same as the parent would the cuttings... for layering, it would be about a year before you could detach it from the parent... it should have rooted by then...

Osmanthus layering

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:27

..I'm sorry you've not had a reply so far.... according to the late and much esteemed writer Graham Stuart Thomas, Osmanthus burkwoodii can be propagated either by cuttings, or layering.... he gives a good description of the technique although I assume you will already have a knowledge of this... there.... get layering...

Walnut tree and climbing rose

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:23

..all about trial and error with this I think.. as you can see from the American forum quoted by 'Dove'... you could write to David Austin's, or Peter Beales, famous rose growers, or the National Trust even, and see if they could recommend any in particular, however you'd most likely get an admin person replying and I'm not sure if they would have the experience... not many people have big Walnut trees in their gardens, or are adventurous enough to grow a rambler up it... I might also ponder whether I would want to adulterate the tree in such a way...  I've grown ramblers up Willows...Elders...Hawthorns..Apples.. and even Magnolia, but never had a Walnut to use...

...however, I would be surprised if 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' rambler would be intimidated by it... this is the one you probably saw at Wisley... a pretty pink... others like 'Lykkefund' [creamy yellow]...Rose-Marie Viaud [purple/mauve]...Alberic Barbier ...amongst others...  some modern ramblers like 'Malvern Hills' and which repeats, will also grow much larger than is advertised...I have found this to be capable of well over 20 foot...with seemingly endless growth...

..I might try 2... one each side of the tree, with the view to take whichever one out that performed less well... which might result in a difficult decision after a couple of years... I would also plant well out, to the outer regions of the trees branches, with canes, to train the shoots towards the tree's centre...

...nothing ventured...nothing gained...

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