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What's Looking Good In March 2019

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by NigelJ, Mar 1, 2019.

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  1. Verdun

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    And it is in full flower here Sheal :) For rapid and dense cover of a wall in a relatively sunny or partly shady spot Armandii is ideal....fragrant too. However, not for a fence esp a less than sturdy one. Be aware,Aermandii is very heavy, very vigorous and will pull down supports that are not robust. Give it plenty of space....here it has a 10’ x 8’ tall wall, galvanised wire and screw eyes :)
     
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      Sorry, not very sharp pictures :sad:

      One of our tree peonies is budding up. I've counted 29 buds so far - hope frosts don't get it
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      Spring is here
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      Different colours appearing
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      Never seen this one in the garden before :scratch:
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      All our Rosemary plants are covered in flowers
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      Am just going to have our second picking of rhubarb
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      Kojo-No-Mai is just opening.
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        Looking beautiful @shiney , as usual!

        @Verdun yes forgot to mention how heavy the armandii is. Mine was planted by the previous owner and I’ve not really maintained it (apart from tieing some new growth up) as other things have taken priority. Any tips on how and when to prune it back as it has got huge! There seems to be a lot of dead looking (but not actually dead) older stuff underneath...not sure how to deal with it!
         
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          Morning Snorky :) From a very windy sunny and warm Cornwall:SUNsmile:

          Well, I will prune Armandii after flowering and shorten shoots. I will lift, delve into and remove any dead leaves in there...bound to be some or quite a lot. Dead leaves can harbour disease and hamper air circulation. I take out long shoots and prune back deep as far as I can. Long shoots soaring upwards over height I want are similarly pruned.
          I have already fed with chicken pellets and mulched thickly with compost
          I will also take cuttings in spring.:)
          Oh! I will also lower and tie in some long stems
           
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            Hubby's in the middle pruning all the roses. when he's finished i'll feed and mulch them.20190310_104918.jpg
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              Thanks for the pruning info @Verdun I’m a bit worried i’ll prune off the dead looking stuff and take off a major section. But then it has become so huge I guess it won’t matter too much. It’ll grow back eventually :dunno:
               
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                It won’t be a problem Snorky:)....Armandii is a thug really and, like all thugs, needs to be shown who’s boss! Pruning is nothing to be fearful of. :)

                Just come in from trimming evergreens. I like to maintain their shape and density ...they haven’t stopped growing all winter; what winter:noidea:? Wind has died down and it is beautifully warm out in the garden and everything is budding:) pruned the last dogwood:)
                 
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                  My first Camellia bloom of this year has opened up today, hopefully lots to come judging by the number of buds on this and my other one which is a pinky red one have got.. :smile:
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                    Thank you @Snorky85 and @Verdun. Armandii is not going to be practical for the situation I'm thinking of. I want to cover a 6x6ft trellis at the back of my shed that will be in shade until late afternoon. I'm not even sure at the moment if any Clematis will survive the winter temperatures here. I would also prefer something that flowers late Spring or Summer as the 'warm' season here is limited and Spring is a late starter.

                    I've been looking at climbers with colourful foliage but most are deciduous and I would prefer evergreen. I want to disguise the back of the shed which faces the road.
                     
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                      Ok, not strictly a climber but pyracantha will grow in shade, is evergreen, has spring flowers, red/orange berries and can be clipped to suit your space Sheal :)
                       
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                        @Sheal I have been having a read, have you considered the , the Atragenes clematis group, they do well in bleak positions because it comes from cold, exposed parts of Europe and Asia.

                        Clematis alpina | Austrian clematis/RHS Gardening
                         
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                            Thank you, a plant that I intend to invest in @Verdun but not for this area because of the thorns, sorry. I should have said that there will be a 3-4ft space between the shed and the trellis for storage so access needs to be thornless. :)
                             
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                              Now these are interesting and I will investigate further, thanks @Marley Farley. :) Not being such vigorous growers I could possibly combine one with a summer flowering Clematis.

                              I've tried to convince myself through the years that I might grow to like Hydrangeas but no, I don't think it will happen, sorry! :doh::biggrin:
                               
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