Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Flowers and potting on!

Yesterday was just glorious - today is due to be wet, windy then sunny!

I took the opportunity yesterday afternoon to pot on my tomatoes, some peppers and the two courgette plants. Despite not sowing until the 1st week of April had gone, they have still grown well.

After two pot changes they are now in the ones they ought to be able to stay in until planted out, with the exception of the peppers which will need potting on when they are larger:

The quince bush just outside the dining room patio door is again in full bloom - marvellous:
The 4 new pots on the fence above the bins are growing well:

The clematis I planted last year at the base of the oil tank is in full bloom. It had just one flower last year but has many more. I am hoping to not only train it around the tank on netting, but also onto log store 1:

When the flowers have finished, it also gives beautiful hairy seed heads but I am never sure whether to leave them on - any ideas anyone? Flowering this early would normally mean it should be cut back eventually but obviously, I don't want to do this yet otherwise it won't grow where I would like it to.

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  1. Same here, everything is coming on really nice x

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  2. I have to admit to finding the pruning of clematis somewhat perplexing so I don't prune at all. They all seem to cope very well and flower well year after year, so my tactic of leaving well alone is working here!

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    1. I have just written a post about pruning Clematis which should be on here soon.

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  3. The clematis is really unusual. It is gale force winds here in Essex.

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    1. Gale force winds here at the moment as well, don't know how long my washing will be on the line!

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  4. Hi Dc, your garden looking on its way to abundance again! No idea about pruning, we grow a clematis round an arch with a rose and we just leave it… will wait until you say differently!

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    1. Thank you. Just found out about Clematis in general though not about those that are climbing around things. Will post later this week, might help.

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  5. Your seedlings are all looking really healthy.....quite a few of ours didn't germinate, so OH's had to do more. What a beautiful clematis....don't know about pruning though, sorry.

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    1. So far so good. My flower seedlings aren't doing so well at the moment so might have to try again.

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  6. I cut back my clematis to about a foot every fall. It starts growing again in the late spring and by end of May it is probably 12 feet up the trellis on the back of the house. The garden centre says you can leave it from year to year but I don't like all those dead leaves etc. and after a few years it gets quite overwhelming in fullness. I find there are more flowers if I cut it back every year. Of course, our climate is very different than yours and you have a much longer growing season.

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