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Post by Lottie on 4th September 2010, 11:17 am

I imagine it would depend on which group they belong to, Hathorite. I do my early spring ones after they've flowered, summer flowering ones in early spring, darned if I can rememeber no 3 group Embarassed But I'm sure someone will be along, with better Clemaits knowledge.

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Post by Hathorite on 4th September 2010, 12:44 pm

They're both varities of clematis montana; haven't bloomed yet as I got them later in the year: I managed to do a search and it actually says to NOT do this during the summer, but in the spring if you must, although the montana varieties only need some thinning, not actually totally cutting back.

I think I'll leave 'em be till spring then and then give them a hard cut. I still have to get some trellis in any event, they're just growing up some twigs right now.
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Post by Lottie on 4th October 2010, 10:29 am

I've been admiring the lovely blossom on one of the apple tree...... Shocked and the rowan is looking wonderful with it's lovely red berries and... more blossom..... Shocked

I've been moving hostas about the place whilst it's so wet, and dividing them up, loads of weeds out there too....and no chance of getting out there today, it's just too wet...

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Post by Dandelion on 4th October 2010, 4:38 pm

Lottie wrote:I've been admiring the lovely blossom on one of the apple tree...... Shocked and the rowan is looking wonderful with it's lovely red berries and... more blossom..... Shocked


That is wierd!!!

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Post by Lottie on 5th October 2010, 9:21 am

Dandelion wrote:
Lottie wrote:I've been admiring the lovely blossom on one of the apple tree...... Shocked and the rowan is looking wonderful with it's lovely red berries and... more blossom..... Shocked


That is wierd!!!

.. but very pretty... Laughing

Well, if the rain holds off... *prays* then after work I shall be clearing out the spent toms... I normally keep them going for agesssss, but it's been so wet here they've finally succumbed to rotting... *sigh*, actually it'll be in greenhouse... shelter from rain... doh... Embarassed Rolling Eyes

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Post by Lottie on 20th October 2010, 2:54 pm

Well, I've just got back from work, so not done alot Embarassed but! at the weekend I did finally get a bed cleared for me broadies and got them in, can't wait... and popped in some self sown teasels to, I luv 'em, hoping birdies do too!

Still loads of weeds to deal with Rolling Eyes but I'll get there or the frost will... Laughing

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Post by Lottie on 2nd December 2010, 10:25 am

The frost did... Laughing Rolling Eyes

I am so chuffed though, and I shall never do a garden clear again before the winter descends, I have so much wildlife in the garden, finches hanging off left sunflowers about 6 ft high (now bending with snow..) and something is hiding in the house I built cos they're footprints.. Shocked and in the ardvark thingy I made meeses are lurking... Very Happy
I've left all the leaves, and weeds and mess, and it looks really crappy.. Laughing but it has never had so many critters in it, well chuffed! Very Happy

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Post by Compostwoman on 26th February 2011, 7:45 pm

Have been clearing out two of the flower beds around the house this afternoon. I leave all the seed heads and dead stuff on the ground as long as I can but I have to clear it up now as the new season growth is starting. I disturbed several newts and a toad but it was warm enough that hey were all awake and moving around.

Have snowdrops, daffs AND crocus out all at once this year...usually the snowdrops are finished by the time the daffs open.






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Post by Lottie on 27th February 2011, 1:42 pm

They're lovely, CW Very Happy

My daffs are not unfurling, bless their little cottons, I planted a big pit with Bergenias and daff last year, and it looked lovely, even though I say so myself... Laughing I can't wait so see it again this year.
My Aruriculas are flowering too, the most perfect, teeniest tiniest flowers... small most certainly can be beautiful... Very Happy

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Post by Lottie on 7th April 2011, 12:11 pm

I've been sowing allllllllllllll my saved seed, I forgot about... Rolling Eyes

I've not got the marigolds and cornflowers, ragworts, sunflowers all pooping up about the place Very Happy
Tulips are out, forget me nots are wafting in the breeze, my turnips are flowering..... Shocked I think perhaps I reallllllllllllllly should be harvesting them... Embarassed

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 7th April 2011, 5:50 pm

Oh, that's just your seed saving bit there, Lottie, lol. There's a good reason for everything.
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Post by Lottie on 7th April 2011, 10:47 pm

Laughing
Bless you, you make me sound far more organised than I really am..... Laughing

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Post by polgara on 1st May 2011, 6:05 pm

Have looked round my garden & I have so many lovely flowers, bluebells marigolds & loads of lily of the valley, londonpride7 forget me not.

Also smells nice too.

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Post by Lottie on 7th May 2011, 7:20 pm

I've shoved out all me anuals, like nicotenia and marigolds and uffer stuff, and as I was pootling about the place, I realized I had 10 squillion self sown nicotenia about the place... Rolling Eyes honestly, I don't know why I bother.. Laughing Wink

I had just bunged marigolds, sunflowers, cornflowers and loads of other stuff around the place and they're all coming up too! Very Happy I've popped the morning glory into 3 hooge pots going along a bare alley way so they should cover the walls and will interplant with geraniums when I finally get round to it.. Embarassed
The Lilly of the Valley and Wisteria smell out of this world, I love flowers, or foires are Jack used to say.. Laughing Rolling Eyes Wink

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Post by Dandelion on 15th May 2011, 5:57 pm

I've just planted out some recent aquisitions into terracotta pots to put in the front garden. Living in a red brick house I thought some warm colours would look good against the brick - I picked up a geranium* with three-coloured leaves from Hereford market yesterday, then in the afternoon went to Newent plant centre and bought a beautiful heuchera called Sweet Tea which has leaves ranging from...tea colour to burgundy. Am quite pleased with the result.

*Pelargonium for those who like to use the right name!!

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Post by Dandelion on 18th June 2011, 7:42 pm

Here's an anomaly. A nasturtium started growing in the garden in Spring from a seed which had dropped between the pebbles last year. It was flowering in May. It has now been killed by the June frosts! Also, I had a lovely rudbekia in the garden last year which (it says on the seed packet) is a half-hardy annual. Instead of digging it up in the autumn as an experiment I cut it down and left it to see if it would survive. It is positively blooming now and has survived all that snow we had in December, and temperatures of -11C. That's one tough frost tender plant!!

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Post by Adrian on 18th June 2011, 7:50 pm

Its anomalys like that make gardening such a wonder for me.

I have a black bamboo that shouldn't survive the winter here, yet it has not only survived it is thriving..

If I can propagate it successfully, then I shall start selling it.

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Post by Lottie on 9th October 2011, 10:22 am

Well, I'm taking cuttings like there's no tomorrows Laughing

24 Euonymous now, and I'm turning over one of the large raised beds to a cutting garden for the hardwood ones I'll do as soon as leaves have dropped Very Happy

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Post by flute on 10th October 2011, 6:31 pm

My lilies are still flowering. These were the latest ones, but I've still got one plant with some buds.

I took them off the plants because nobody sees them outside, and I think they're too pretty to waste.

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Post by Lottie on 10th October 2011, 6:47 pm

Oh they're lovely, Flute, seriously beautiful Very Happy

I often bring flowers in at this time of year, especially with this wind howling aruond the roof tops..!
I love the colour! Very Happy

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Post by Chilli-head on 10th October 2011, 8:40 pm

They are perfect, and a very lovely colour Very Happy
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Post by Dandelion on 10th October 2011, 8:48 pm

Beautiful! fleurs

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Post by freebird on 21st December 2011, 11:49 am

Oh my! Have just spotted snowdrops flowering. Looks like they've been at it a few days, but I've been that busy, have only just seen them.

Forgive the rather awful pic - camera self-focuses, and whatever I did, couldn't get it to focus on the flower itself. The strange twiggy arrangement around the snowdrops is a probably futile attempt to stop the dog biting the heads off all my spring flowers, as she did last spring.

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Post by Chilli-head on 25th June 2012, 12:06 pm

Sat for a little and admired the buds just opening on my Calendulas, which came from a HML seed swap. I have the feeling that having sown them deliberately one year, I shall have them for the next 10 or so. I do like a lazy approach to flower gardening !
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Post by polgara on 28th January 2013, 3:31 pm

Have at last started to plant some bulbs. Didn`t get round to it last Autumn due to me problems, but I am sure some will come up even if it is later than normal. Still have a few more to put in. garden

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Post by Dandelion on 28th January 2013, 5:09 pm

I was given a bag of tulip bulbs in late December so planted them later than the recommended date. Mind you, with the wierd mild/freezing weather we've been having, the bulbs won't know where they are anyway, so us 'late planters' will probably be fine!!

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