Alina W

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Dicentra Spectibilis with no new growth at base

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 21:14

No, you haven't. I find that it always dies back to nothing in winter. I cut it back some years when it has grown particularly rampantly, but usually leave it alone and plant around it, like Christopher.

How many fruit trees?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 11:02

What is at the base of your raised bed - does it give access to soil?

mmmmm rhubarb

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:58

Yes, but it'll need to be a big container and you will have to water it well.

Over winter non hardy fuschia

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:56

Do you have a spare windowsill? They can be trimmed down to a few inches and potted up.


Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:54

Alternatively, you could try a mixture of shrubs, such as mahonia and pyracantha, with woodland flowers such as foxgloves and Welsh poppies.

Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 20:46

Bloms bulbs are good, as is Walkers for daffs especially. Don't leave it too long to contact someone - stocks will be running low soon.

End of season reduced Cannas

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 12:32

Definitely buy now. You will get them started earlier, and the corms will probably be bigger.

Honeysuckle mildew problem

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 15:57

No, there's no need to get rid of the plant.

Mildew is a signthat it's unhappy as much as anything else. One cause is dryness at the roots (probably not a problem this year) and the other is too much rain.

Gather up the leaves as they fall, and next year, at the first sign of mildew, spray every couple of days with a mix of one part milk to nine parts water until it's clear.

Poisonous plant

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 15:54

Simply dig it up, and definitely don't let the berries fall and germinate. I've not found it particularly difficult to shift.

Acer problems

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 12:07

Is it in a very breezy position? I have found that I get dieback in the part of a plant that grows above a fence - the section sheltered by the fence is fine.

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