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Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 07:46

Tetley, Tetley, Tetley.....thou teaseth me .   You know Cornwall has the best climate in the world.    

How I do it too birdyboots Including the 3 or 4 year very hard pruning.  I have a seated secluded corner with a huge choisya and Grandiflora there.  White scented flowers from both overlap beautifully for several weeks in spring.  A red camelia adds to the colour ....roll on spring 


blackcurrant cuttings

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 07:35

yep, blackcurrants are a super food Edd.  I think Lily the Pink's medicinal compound was indeed blackcurrant juice. 

all agreed then...blackcurrant cuttings are easy to take 

Rooting hormone powder

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 07:30

Certain things like agastaches are much better with rooting  powder and I have notced a big difference.  Has to be fresh though and not too much 


Posted: 10/11/2015 at 07:28

Hello forkers.

looking lovely out there Pat in the aussie sun.  Warm here, relatively, and just back from a walk to the beach with the dog.  


Soft Fruit Plant Suppliers

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 23:11

Deacons are excellent on line suppliers

Ideas for a potted climber?

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 23:11

Ditto solanum album.   Pretty rampant but prune in early spring for flowers from mid summer on. however, mine is on a west wall.  Interesting it does well on your north easr wall Valerie 

blackcurrant cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 23:07

Rosie, take hard wood cuttings now.  Take them about 6" to 9" long with a bud at the base to a bud on the top.  Insert them in the ground....I do it about Half way or more......and leave them.  By next summer you can dig them up to,pot up.  You can also put cuttings in pots of compost., 

Rooting hormone powder

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 23:02

Rosie I think rooting powder is best used fresh every year.  After 10 years you should ....long before....discard all chemicals,,composts,,feed, etc. 

Not everything needs or benefits from rooting powder by the way...pelargoniums,,fuschias,,osteospermums, pinks,,etc., etc., do not need it 

Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:58

Flowers tend to face the sun.  Cut momtana now and you lose the flowers.  Grow,M Grandiflora and you get beautiful flowers and scent 

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:54 are spot on.  Ignore them.... they are heathens.    Winter honeysuckle has fantastic scent.  Honeysuckles need annual pruning and then they scent the garden beautifully in summer.  

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