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Posted: 30/10/2012 at 16:16

If your fuchsia is called "Lady Boothby" it is hardy; all you need to do is wrap some fleece around the pot. If a very hard frost is forecast, either bring it into a shed or put it close to a house wall to give it some protection. You can cut it down to about twelve inches now and, as an insurance, root some of the trimmings as cuttings that you keep indoors over winter.


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 15:42

They're probably too wet, which is down to the weather, not you. If they're in containers you could check the soil for vine weevil, too - C-shaped grubs with a dark head about a cm long (the grubs, not the head).

Lilic tree

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 15:39

Maybe it's a Halloween mystery?


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 14:48

If your rhododendron doesn't get any sun it's likely to always be a little drawn. They don't need any pruning, but if you want to make it shorter and bushier cut back one third of the branches to ground level after flowering for three years - that will produce lower shoots. Also, feed it well with ericaceous feed in spring - that should give it a lift.

More information here.

Plants for scent.

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 14:36

If you have room, mahonia blossom is sweetly scented in January, when little else is about.

Ive been told,

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 14:29

Seriously, tea has some mineral content and is acidic, but that's about it.

Ive been told,

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 14:27

I was going to say avoid the milk and sugar

Clematis montana problem

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 12:03

Slugs will strip bark at ground level, but I suspect that such widescale damage is an animal of some sort, possibly a cat, dog or squirrel. It's not common, but animals can sometimes get strange obsessions.

Stripped stems won't survive, so you may as well trim them down to ground level; new ones will grow next year. Make sure that you protect the new growth from slugs in spring, and protect the shoots higher by constructing a tube of chicken wire that surrounds the new shoots - that should stop problems from animals.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 09:57

Overcast and 7C here this morning - what a change from the weekend!

where to keep dianthus

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 09:53

They should be fine in the mini-greenhouse as they are hardy.

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