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Perennials not growing

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 19:24

I have light soil and I bought my single specimen in the autumn with the intention to grow it on this year. It was planted out and over wintered fine without any mulch. I moved it in early spring and kept a beady eye on it for slug damage, it is now thriving and about ten times its original size. I wonder if they self seed? If not, I will propagate many more from seeds.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 19:00

Had a gardening day at my parents' house today, since the weather finally turned nice. I help them as and when they need to keep things in check, although today I nagged them into letting me come once a week because I want their garden to be as spic and span as mine and they are getting too old to tend it properly.

My dad's a chef so the food was great and came home with some cuttings and bags of horse poo, hurrah! Finally, I can add the poo to my pampas grass mountain and have a mountain of poo instead  and I can add more every time I visit my parents, so hopefully my borders will get a treat next spring.

When I got in, I also found out hubby had been laying a step at the far end of my veg plot which was a wonderful surprise since he suffers from CFS and really shouldn't be up to hard graft but he tries every day to be fully fit again and I adore my new step! The veg plot is really starting to look the part.

After a bit of rest, I worked in my own garden, potting on the cuttings I bought home, some french beans and annuals and then mixed up my various compost bins which includes using the sheers to chop everything into small pieces. Phew, I'm knackered now but tomorrow is another sunny day forecast, so woohoo, more time with the plants.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 18:44

In my garden today! Finally some things that are looking delightful in the sun...



Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:19

Does the name reflect upon the cat you either love or hate?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:17

What a terrible shame

This weather really is ghastly.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:11

The late flowering types are less susceptible to wilt. It's in their genes.

I've not heard of fertiliser killing any plant unless it is way too strong on something precious like a seedling, or a bit raw like fresh manure. Too much is not always a good thing, since you get lots of leaf and no flowers.

 I sprinkle bone-meal in early spring and mulch then something after flowering to put on good growth before winter. Clematis are hungry plants so twice a year is probably about right. I'm not sure if I do it correctly, but I do know you shouldn't use a high nitrogen feed during budding or flowering because it lessens the blooms.

Clematis for Breakfast

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:20

I've had the same problem with a clematis for two years running, here is the thread I started and the conclusion to my problem

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:15

@Geoff, enjoy your hols.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:14

@Rob, Oh dear, your veg patch is soaking!

This rain might be good for the plants (my sedum are acting like giant sponges) but its no good for areas that us gardeners want to cultivate more intensely. The ground around my veg plot is a mudbath at the moment although I have managed to plant out red and white onions, lettuce, beetroot and leeks whilst my broad beans and french beans are waiting for nicer temperatures.

On the clematis side of things, I also have Miss Bateman, Josephine, Jackmanii, John Paul II, Alpina and montana Rubens. I'm hoping to increase variety over the next couple of years since they are such a joy and so easy to grow. I tend to buy the little pots or the half dead ones at the end of the season because I know they will come back next year. Apart from random purchases, my preferences would be Clematis Seiboldii, Ville de Lion, one called Will Goodman and a Bill Mackenzie.

Perennials not growing

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:59

If you mean Echinacea, then both these are certain slug dinner and probably needed some early protection until they are better established. Slugs can gnaw shoots down to stubs if you let them

I use heaps of grit as mulch and a sprinkle of pellets to kill off the first generation of slugs. From this point on, the wildlife will help you out

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