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rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

I just watched last week's beech grove and was really interested in the way they were going to use the clematis Montana and rambling rector rose on the ground, has anyone tried this? The other thing  they did was chop off the viola flowers to keep for them to flower again, i have just thrown mine away previously when they've done their thing, I have collected seed, I thought they were annuals, can they be kept for next year? if I sow the seeds when and how best to do it?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    Hi rosemummy. Are the montana and the Rambling Rector just sprawling around?

    They'd be very difficult to walk through to weed like that.

    I'd sow the seed now for the violas, you might get more flowers by the end of the season

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 954

    I'm tempted to put a Montana lying down on he floor of my woodlandy bit.  Just to see how it does.  

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    i'm tempted to put montana at the bottom of a low wall so it scrambles up and over..though maybe it's an excuse to squeeze another rose in... a smallish rambler , Verdun, i my violas looking ropey, cut back, put out of sight and they'll come back?

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    I've been playing catch up on i player as regards Beechgrove,but I have to say I really enjoy it. What's the oldest fella's name? He's great and reminds me of Captain Mainwaring.

  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    Yes, I saw that too and was intruiged. I have a Montana which is going up a fence. To be fair its not one of the best clematis I've had as there haven't been any flowers this year yet. Maybe planting it horizontally might improve the flowers. Given how many slugs and snails there are this year I am not so sureimage.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Jim McColl Fishy image

    He's been around forever!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Percy-GrowerPercy-Grower Posts: 253

    Talking about beechgrove i'm heading up that neck of the woods next week, does anyone know if the garden is open for the public to visit, also does anyone know of any good gardens to visit up around the Aberdeen, Inverurie area?...

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847

    I enjoyed that segment very much and thought that trailing Rambling Rector and clematis Montana around was an interesting idea although I suspect the Rector will prove somewhat rampant.  However, if he's pegged he should be fine.   Wildlife friendly slug pellets, judiciously applied, will sort out the slugs and the clematis.

    There will no doubt be a follow up to see how it works. for gardens to visit.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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