WHAT JOBS ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY 2019

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  1. Verdun

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    Yes Snorky, I would trim it back.....mine were cut back in autumn (cuttings taken) and still outdoors but milder here. Or, wait just a few weeks if you are concerned at all. I don’t divide this at all....cut back and use the cuttings which make excellent full size plants in the same year :)
    Watered gh and conservatory plants......
     
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      Thanks @Verdun ...so much great info!!!

      So... after flowering the Clematis can be cut right back to....ground level?. It would tidy things up and I could perhaps put an
      annual climber in there for the summer months.

      The Phormium could be divided ....is that a relatively easy job , is it deep or shallow rooted and when is the best time of year to attempt this?

      The Lilly plant is in the border but water does occasionally overflow on to it....so a tad boggy at times.

      Thanks so much again Verdun, you have such a wealth of knowledge.... :awesome:hopefully some will embed itself into my brain!
       
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        Upsy, if you cut Montana too hard you will lose flowers for a year, maybe 2. I would tidy it, I.e. cut all flowered stems then cut remaining plant to size you want. Here I am pretty vigorous with it though and it flowers well. I would not suggest you cut it back to ground level though....no point anyway!

        The phormium! A job for spring. It will sulk if done now. Dig it up, cut all old leaves back then have a look at the root structure. You can pull apart, or just pull out a small piece if you are nervous, to pot up or plant out. Old phormiums are hard to dig out...that's why there are so many large and ugly phormiums around. However, simply cutting off the older foliage will rejuvenate the plant with minimum effort

        Your arum lily likes moisture but not too much in the winter. It can suffer in spring frosts (the whole plant can look horrible then, flowers will be lost but recovers and flowers again later) so you may want to fleece it at such times. :)
         
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          Had a day doing very little in the garden due to the high winds.

          Tidied a few bits in the tunnel. Checked on my canna seeds - 18 out of 31 now germinated and literally shooting up. I'm sure more will follow next week.

          Sowed some carnivorous plant seeds and that's about it.

          Itching to get started again now.
           
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            Thanks again @Verdun .....one last question ....for now!;):heehee:

            Looking at that Clematis how tall should it be and what would be a safe height to cut it back to please, I would estimate the top part of that trellis is around 8ft high.
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              Best thing, Upsy, is to wait until it flowers then you will have a better idea of how far back to cut. If it is Montana you won’t wait long...I can sense your impatience! :) Montana is vigorous.......8’ isn’t a lot :)
               
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                It gets taller!!!! gosh..... sadly I am impatient when things look totally tatty to me! Thanks, I'll leave you in peace now:biggrin:
                 
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                  @Upsydaisy my Montana looks awful now too, but you just wait til it flowers-it’s absolutely beautiful and worth putting up with the ugliness now lol
                   
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                    Hey! It’s not ugly....:sad: wot looks good in it’s dormant state?:)
                     
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                      Trouble is @Snorky85 I don't think it's very healthy because it never catches your eye with memorable blooms that I can recall, do you need to feed them?, I doubt my Dad's has ever been fed.:dunno:
                       
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                        Did your dad never eat Upsy????,!!:sad:
                         
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                            @Upsydaisy never feed it but it is growing in clay so full of nutrients. What type of soil does your mum and dads garden have? I used to live in Hampshire but couldn’t dig in the ground as the tree roots dominated it....one of the many reasons we chose to move.
                             
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                              It's quite dry today, but there's rugby on the TV this afternoon, there's a few small jobs to do in the garden, but for once I'll be employing the snowflake definition of;


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                              Can't claim credit for it, it was in a rather odd film on TV I watched last night.
                               
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                                Cut back clematis etiole violette, jackmanii and trimmed others. Pruned jasminium nudiflorum, lonicera Copper Beauty and trimmed edges on back lawn. Nice n sunny and although a pretty breezy day it is quite sheltered here in the garden so pleasant working :) Feeling springlike ....now! That is tempting fate :sad:
                                 
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