Alina W

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can't get a photo on

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 21:49

 Doris, click on the "Direct Link" until it is highlighted. then copy it.

Open a message here, and click the green tree.

Click on "an external site"

Paste into the box next to "URL"

Click "Insert" and the picture should appear in your message, as above.


Posted: 18/05/2012 at 21:05

There are lots of vegatable growers on here, Maureen - if you run into problems just ask, and I'm sure someone will have an answer for you. Happy Gardening!

Help! How can you get rid of grass in the border?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:43

In that case I think that your only real option is to pay someone to dig it out. Once that's done you could try covering the ground with a weed-proof membrane and covering that in turn with bark chippings - that would prevent any further germination and growth.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:35

Damp and overcast here in North Yorks, and supposed to be the same over the weekend.

Supposed to brighten up next week, though


Posted: 18/05/2012 at 12:04

They need warmth to put up shoots, so you might like  to move them somewhere warmer. However, March is a long time. Did you keep them moist? Or are they perhaps too wet? Have you planted them right way up, with the dip uppermost?

help with 2 plants please- Clematis Jackmanii(?) and Rhodedendron(?)

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:33

You can buy a kit at the garden centre - they're not very expensive, meant for a single use.

Training clematis - how about hooks and wires? You might need rawl plugs to get them safely in the cement, but it should work fine.

help with 2 plants please- Clematis Jackmanii(?) and Rhodedendron(?)

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:14

The rhododenderon may be in need of the soil acidifying if your soil is not already acid. In either case I would feed it with rhododendron food. Other than that, make sure that it stays moist throughout the summer, which should help it revive.

The clematis would probably also appreciate some food - they are greedy feeders.

Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 09:47

I can't guarantee it, but I often behead mine and push the cut-off sections into the compost. The majority generally take, and the cut stem usually produces two or three shoots. It's best to do this around about June.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:01

Lilacs are generally left alone - prune them after flowering if you have to.

S Harrison, it does sound worrying. There is detailed information here, but it does sound as though that is your problem.

When you plant up your lilac suckers, plant them in pots to avoid spreading it.

You may also like to have a look at this site, particularly point vii.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:49

Do you mean prick them out rather than planting them outside? You need at least one pair of "true" leaves. Keep them as light as possible once germinated so that they don't get straggly, and reduce the temperature a little if they're in the house rather than greenhouse.

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