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Group 3 clematis help!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:28

Yes cut the broken stem just below the damage, it's not really an issue so long as yes-you feed it but also protect it from the rigours of the environment. Wind damage, slugs and snails will strip a clematis given half a chance, if not those sometimes caterpillars can do it.

I use grit piled on top of the main stems, some pellets and nocturnal slug hunts. I also saw off the base of the pot it came in  (usually I  don't buy babies but preschool plants) and half bury the pot at the base of the plant to protect thin stems from the carnage of my excitable pooch. This year I've also used copper tape around the pots 

Just do what you can and keep checking on it

Group 3 clematis help!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:04

Tiny plants need extra care and attention in the big bad world so do everything you can to ensure success 

Now for the good news, group 3 are the easiest type to grow and any damage early in the season should be quickly replaced, they are vigorous and happy to perform but as already said, baby plants need help to establish well  


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 18:36

Should always try to plant near path,  mine is going in raised bed next to climbing rose Paul's Scarlet and a red Acer or next to pergola step with purple alliums, English Lavenders and iris black Swan, what'd think Verdun?   

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 18:32

Rescued wilting Clematis from pot and put in Intensive Care

Potted up two large containers with summer bedding, went to GC to buy more pots and plant food for lush summer displays  


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 18:00

Hi everyone 

Sounds like good days all round, I busy watching IPL cricket but OH had to pause the TV for me as I was late back from GC where I picked up some terracotta pots and seaweed food and got tangled up with sticky labels 

Some extra bedding plants for my summer pots, Salvia East Friedland x3 for the back of rose Burgundy Ice in the top garden and a Potentilla Summer Sorbet with beautiful soft yellow flowers for the middle garden.

I've been adding soft hues to the middle garden just to relax the reds and oranges that I have going on later in the year, just need to decide if I need to repeat the Potentilla or not. 

Verdun, I saw a gorgeous red hydrangea but it needs ericaceous soil, is it worth moving to Cornwall for a hydrangea? 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 11:33

I've dealt with Josephine 

Chopped her off at the base, de-potted only to discover my own faults. The compost was dry as a bone despite my watering and constant checking with a dibby finger. 

When I rescued her from the ground two years back,  I left the soil she came with to reduce the stress, but it seems to have become her universe, a solid lump of poor soil with no attachment to the meaty compost I added to the pot. She did brilliantly in the pot and showed no signs of unhappiness and actually put on massive growth so I'm not sure why she didn't tell me sooner. 

I've lifted her, removed the horrible soil and stuck her in intensive care, will see what happens next but I do have two babies doing nicely whatever occurs 

Lessons learn for me 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 08:28

Morning to all 

Great day forecast and I have so many jobs to do including planting, DIY and homework 

A big thank you to OH for the miracle that is my new bathroom 

Sorry to hear of your work situation Flumpy, my boss spent all weekend flirting with me but it was attention flirting and joking stuff, the good kind if you like that sort of thing, never inappropriate which should always be reported, so stay strong and remember it's not your misinterpretation because as adults we all know the difference between my type and your type 

P.S Wonky, I have that Choisya featured on GW, it really is lovely and now I know it's not a beast to control, I have the perfect place for it 

Enjoy your day everyone 


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 21:30

Quick hello from me, too tired to mention everything from reading back but gratz to Yvie and OH for 40 yrs, love to Reggie and his poorly belly and bad luck to Panda for over indulging but at least you didn't spit it out after tasting 

Need sleep after long shift  but lovely evening with OH watching IPL cricket 

Night all

New perrenial digitalis has a snapped stem ;(

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 18:38

This is unfortunate but it's perennial, so it will certainly return next year and with patience, flower this year

I have perennial digitalis and find the only issue is their rate of growth does not match other perennials.  I have only managed one division in four years 

Clematis Pruning and Groups - Your Help Please

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 15:00

If in doubt, leave it out.

You won't kill a Clematis by doing nothing,  it will just lose it's shape gradually, and some flowering potential 

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