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Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:56

How about a sign inviting thieves to take whatever they want but warning them that the pots have been painted with a substance that will turn fingers, clothing etc purple, and the colour will take several weeks to remove.  Do you have a neighbourhood watch in your area ? It is a good way to gang up on thieves

Clematis Armandii Cuttings

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:47

From one grandma to another, your junction is the node, and that`s where the roots will emerge.  For some reason clematis like the node and just a little bit of stem pushed in to the compost.  Hydrangeas like to root in a similar way with inter nodal cuttings.  If you try rooting a whole trayful of cuttings, dont let the leaves touch.  The more little cuttings you pop in, the more chance you have that at least 50% should take !

 

Fairygirl,  honeysuckle should always be propagated at a cool time of day.  They need  to be cut to a node, and YES shade is really important if they are not to wilt.

japanese knot weed

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 23:13

I had this problem a few years ago, and used glysophate to get rid of it.  It is important not to cut it down, because "pruning" just makes it stronger.  It needs to be tackled when there is new growth - the leaves of any plant are their mouths, so that is where the poison needs to go.   Your neighbour needs to be approached because all the time it grows in that garden it will just keep marching. 

Clematis Armandii Cuttings

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 23:01

There are so many varieties !  Wait until the new growth has really got going and let it "firm up" a bit - the soft tips need to be discarded.  All my cuttings had the benefit of a misting system, and were in small poly tunnels inside greenhouses with bottom heat - NO not MY bottom.  Without all that help the secret is in patience and perseverance ! Keep them warm - a lid will help to keep the moisture in as well as keep the draught out, but shade is very important too - Not the airing cupboard you understand, just a good bit of shade netting should do it.

Clematis Armandii Cuttings

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 21:34

Take internodal cuttings of all clematis !  Cut the stem  about 1 inch from a pair of leaves with a sharp clean knife or blade, and cut away just over the leaves.    Remove one of the two leaves if they are a bit big, and push the cutting into compost so that the remaining leaf sits on top.  Make sure your cuttings are kept damp at all times, and leave somewhere warm but always shaded.   This used to be my main job - and I`ve rooted thousands !   Good luck.

Worms In Lawn

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 01:26

Hey, it`s not a carpet - it`s grass !  At least your worms have not been drowned, like they probably have been in flooded plains !  When it comes to nature we have to "go with the flow" 

My (kindly) advice to you would be.... hm .. take a trip into the countryside.....hokey dokey

Choisya Ternata 'Sundance': Moved & Sulking

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 01:16

Now look `ere Adam - being impulsive in your garden is always good -but moving the poor shrubs at the wrong time is really asking for trouble.  The choisya ia one of my very favourite shrubs.  It makes a wonderful hedge, is always fragrant, evergreen - or yellow for "Sundance"    This choisya is wonderful - but if it gets too much sun it scorches and if it gets too much frost it goes all brown and horrid.  It is not as tough as ternata !

Choisya roots very easily.  If you`re going to go mad, just snip off a few nodal cuttings first .  The miracle of spring is (hopefully) about to happen - and with a bit of luck your lovely shrub will ....happen !  Good luck.

pruning old conifers

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:54

These are probably Lleylandii.  They are best removed.  Get someone with a stump grinder to get rid of the roots, and replant a mixed hedge that will supply your local wildlife with a habitat.   I allowed ONE of these trees to grow too big, and this spring, the branches began to snap and cause a danger.  The tree has now been demolished, but the trunk has been left to about five feet, so that a bird table - platform , can be positioned on the remaining stump, to enable a feeding/watering platform for birds.  In my experience, these trees do NOT rejuvinate, and look ugly and brown when chopped hard!  Cut into the dead wood - and they`ve had it !

Used Compost?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:15

Hiya Tom,  The first thing to do is check it out for bugs - the worst one being vine weevil, and then there are those nasty little black slugs that creep out at night and eat everything.  If you are sure there is no evil lurking, dig it in anywhere it would "tart up" the beds !

Trailing Perennial

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:00

I have a vinca that marches all over the place !  The flowers are pale blue/white.  The plant remains green all winter, and seems to flower almost continuously.  It would be quite happy to be interplanted with any variegated ivy.  Vinca is very sturdy, and there are many varieties - it is also tough, and just needs a rough "haircut" from time to time. It may be worth checking the different varieties to see if one would suit your situation.

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