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Alina W

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what can I plant that's low maintenance?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 00:25

How about bay? If lavender survives then bay certainly should.

Potting on Perenials plug plants

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 11:11

If you leave the plants in small pots outside then they are liable to get their roots frozen, which may kill them.

Can you not construct some form of cold frame or shelter?

Leaves on lawn

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 11:09

If you leave the leaves on the lawn they are liable to smother seedlings, as well as harming mature grass. Put something on the lawn before walking on it - stiff card or planks - and blow the leaves clear.

patio (pot) cherry tree

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 21:40

There are two possibilities that I can think of. If the blossom is fading very fast and the leaves are falling early you may have blossom wilt, described, with treatment, here.

Alternatively, and perhaps more likely, you may have canker - see here.

Although there is treatment for both these problems, if you tree is badly affected I would be tempted to replace it with a fresh one.

So annoying or not!!

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 10:53

You'll probably find that the dahlias will deteriorate as the days get shorter, but you might still have a few left at Xmas.

Roses - I've had one in flower close to Xmas for a few years now - it really depends on how mild adry it is.


Posted: 10/10/2012 at 08:01

Once you've cut them back you can mulch around them - that is said to help control rust.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 12:22

Bright and cool here in N. Yorks, too. I have a rampant hydrangea to plant out - it was small and innocent-looking when I bought it at the Harrogate Show in spring, and it's grown wildly ever since I potted it on!

Magnolia and blossom trees

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:28

Do you mean a cherry blossom tree? If so, it's perfectly hardy and needs no pruning. If you ever have to cut a branch off, it should be done on a dry summer's day.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 11:45

It's probably a combination of the two, but mostly the weather.

Next year, try spraying with a mix of one part milk to nine parts water every couple of days as soon as the mildew appears.

New house, new lawn, mushroom hell!!!!

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 16:07

I suspect that this is something that will be gone after this autumn, or possibly after next spring. The mushroom compost is full of nascent mushrooms, but they will die when they run out of food, which will be quite soon.

I would suggest aeriating the lawn to improve drainage, and then give it time.

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