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Pot Mums, In or Out?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 23:55

Funnily enough, at the garden centre recently a couple were carrying very large but perfectly compact, rounded, floriferous chrysanthemum to the checkout. There they asked if the plants would look the same every year.  "oh yes" was the reply.  I pointed out, as Bookertoo has, that no they won't and explained why.

Those wonderful mounds of flowers simply become  completely different ...leggy and unattractive.  Chrysanthemums a big no for me anyway.  

best evergreen climber

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:06

Evergreen isn't always the answer.  Excitement in early spring when new leaves emerge, etc. ?  Bare stems of climbers in winter can still look ok, even good


best evergreen climber

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 20:39

Oops! Read this wrong.  Thought you meant to cover the chopped tree.  

Pyracantha is evergreen amd berries and evergreen.  Foliage is a little vicious though so not suitable if children pass close by.

Honeysuckles. ....some are semi evergreen.  Lovely summer scent.   

best evergreen climber

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 20:34

Clematis montana is perfect for this....ok, not evergreen.  

I chopped down a Leylandii leaving a stem of about 8' . I put a tripod of galvanised rods and galvanised wire around it and planted Montana Elizabeth.  That was about 6 years ago.  In spring it looks superb.....full of flower.  Through until late autumn it is covered in foliage 

nipping out young plants

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:10

Anne, I always pinch out wallflowers.  

How do I get to the next stage from cuttings to fully grown plant

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:07

Fender, out of interest,,which variety of st johns wort do you have?  Did you take it from a tallish shrub or from a low spreading ground coverer?

Magnesium sulfate/Epsom Salts

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:04

Mrpp, no not every week.  Little late for now but worth doing.  Early spring, late spring and late summer is fine.  


Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:01

Denise, cancel and enjoy doing the work yourself.  It's not hard to keep a lawn reasonably healthy 


Posted: 25/09/2014 at 18:59

Yvietevie,, that's ok...wild swan instead of toilet rolls.  Fantastic plants you will not regret buying. I use newspaper now. Saving money but it's the ink stains on my bottom   Not good for my ego 

Busy day.  A few meetings today including another about my mum.  She was on good form today when I saw her.   A nursing home has been agreed and mum will prob move in tomorrow.  

Been lovely and very warm again.  

How do I get to the next stage from cuttings to fully grown plant

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 13:20

Hiya fender

If  3 or 4 weeks back, I would have  have said pinch out growing tips.  However, I would now leave them as they are.

In spring, when new shoots are seen, I would pot on and pinch back.  I would pinch back a few times after that too to secure a bushy dense plant.

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