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Latest posts by Verdun

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 19:49
Organic every time no matter what the academics say.

Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 19:44
Oops! I see it's against a fence. Maybe plant on that?

Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 19:43
What soil do you have? Acid or alkaline? Sandy or heavy clay? Warm or cool site? Does it have fence or wall behind it or is it in the open like an "island bed"? A metre deep is not much but 12 metres long is nice! I like mixture of grasses, shrubs and perennials for year round show. Plus seasonal bulbs. Hellebores, one of my favourites, are fantastic value and evergreen. Consider companion shapes as well as companion colours. Enjoy the planning stage. Oh, have you improved soil? Is it ready for planting? Stand back, you will get loads of ideas as well as my own. Good luck wildcosmos

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 18:39
Glad I read your post zoomer. Want to grow cornflowers too so will get seed tomorrow. It's been so warm and sunny today that I'm itching to sow seeds now but it's still January and a lot of winter still to come.

Clematis Armandii

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 17:19
Lizmac, no dont cut back until it's finished flowering. Hey, decided now to get one myself

Clematis Armandii

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 16:28
Can you trace some....1 or 2 ...old stems and remove from the base? Ideally to buds. I've yet to grow this myself although always wanting to and THINK I know what I would do if I was growing it. In Cornwall it is a very vigorous climber and I would pull some of the leading stems to a more horizontal position and do so from the start. I think cutting back as suggested would rejuvenate lower growth on your plant.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 14:23
Warm, sunny,dry. Daffodils, primroses, etc etc all think it's spring. It's been so wet for so long down here though. Luckily I'm on free draining land and I'm eager to sow veg seed ASAP.

Pear Tree Pruning

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 08:21
I have trained espalier and cordon apples that yield very well. I bought them as maiden trees and trained for first few years. Mine are now summer pruned only, August. Agree with earlier comment that first few years are build the framework first, forget about getting fruit at this stage, and then summer prune

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 08:09
Dry, sunny and it's supposed to get to 11 or 12 degrees later. And won't be long before winter is over and we get a roasting summer

Winter feeding of cuttings

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 08:37
Zoomer, I think dove is right. Are your plants "upright" growing? And, if still in flower, they again seem to be pelargonium "geraniums"! You can take cuttings of these very easily from now on. These should NOT be left outside....just leave them In the warm.

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