Pirl & Kim...dearest...thanks for the welcome back..I've missed you soooooo much...I have new pics and will post them...life is so busy...but gardening never will take a backseat until I'm too old to move...they'll have to pull that clematis that I try to plant from my cold dead hands for sure!!
Wow, love the picture of Princess Diana with Solina! I would have guessed that the blooms were much smaller than that, more like Rogucchi (sp?). I love the bell-shaped ones, but just can't seem to keep Rogucchi alive. Maybe I'll give Princess Di a try instead.
"Princess Di" never disappoints..that is why I am sickened that Clematis "Duchess of Albany" wilted and I am still watching to see if she comes back..if not I am definitely going to get another one..I am soooooo wanting "Lady Bird Johnson"..she is yellow and named after a fellow Texan...Jeanne
Sad to say I don't think my John Paul II is coming back. It was a gorgeous clem, but just never took off like my other clems, and this year there isn't anything but a dead stem from last year. Sniff sniff. I was just thinking that I would move it this year, if it wasn't thriving there, too.
Some are slower to wake up than others (zone 7 they should be growing like gangbusters..I am in zone 8 and you are not that far behind me..I've already had my prune 3's flush and hard pruned them again for round 2) ..if not cut to soil line and water well...she'll wake up by sending new shoots..you can prune at top to see if the vine is green if not that vine is dead and should be pruned down to the soil line..the roots are most probably viable...Jeanne
I have five sleepy heads, two of which I have no hope for but I did clip back some of the top on Omoshiro and it did have green interior so I'm thinking it has to be our much cooler than normal spring that's delaying growth. I will cut all old growth off and see what happens. Thanks, Jeanne.
Pirl..I am so thrilled for you..it's so nice to know I am not the only one that freaks when I thinking I am losing one of my beloved clematis..they are one of my biggest joys..as pathetic as that sounds..It's the truth ..I do love them so...
There seems to be mixed opinion on that. I've been told not to use the alfalfa sold for rabbits because it contains salt, whereas the alfalfa used for horses does not. That being said, I've used both...the plants didn't seem to care, they loved both.
Rabbit food is alfalfa ...don't know about the salt..best bet ..go to your local feed store and buy 50# bag of Alfalfa pellets (as Venu said: Cattle/Horse Feed) for 11 bucks..much cheaper than rabbit food and lasts along time...I even put down alfalfa pellets on my gardens before laying that years composted cowmanure and mulch..it slowly breaks down whereas the tea is instant for your plants