Alina W

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Magnolia tree trunk cracked

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:59

It was possible to use metal braces to hold such cracks in the past - I've seen it done on mature trees - but I don't know if that's possible with your tree. That would be a job for a tree specialist, I would imagine.


Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:54

A bit like sparrows in the days when they were more common, then, Lou - they used to destroy my yellow primulas - but only the yellow.

Is it ok to hard prune clematis affected by powdery mildew

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:15

If your type 3 clematis haven't flowered yet, then I'm afraid you've lost the flowers for this year.


Posted: 03/08/2016 at 19:14
Lou12 says:

haha, it's out there again in the middle of the lawn

There isn't enough room for a brick, bungee maybe. I'm going to have to plant it in the flowerbed and we'll see what happens then.

See original post

 I think it might try and pull it up. You could try pinning an upturned hanging basket over it for a few days so that the bird loses interest?


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 22:59

Good luck, wakeshine - they are a bit of a challenge to keep happy.


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 21:48

You know what kids are like - full of odd ideas


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 21:40

I'm no expert, but they need well-drained, sunny conditions. Unless your soil is very well drained, try growing them in a raised area such as the edge of a rockery. I can only keep mine going in a wall basket

How much watering?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 13:53

If your garden is south-facing your hydrangeas may need some extra water if they are in full sun, especially if they are recently planted. On the whole, though, if they wilt they need water.

Although I'm not suggesting you do it, I remember a TV gardener years ago (Percy Thrower?) suggesting that weekly watering was plenty, be that rain or by hand.

So, this is the result of my weeding but...

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 21:29

Shrubs which are planted in autumn settle in over winter, so there's no need to wait until spring. Have you considered planting ground cover plants to help keep the weeds down?

Dying hydrangeas? And a poorly clematis?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:49

As far as I can see, the leaves on your hydrangeas look perfectly healthy? If that's the case, then all you are seeing is the flowers dying, which they do after a while, like any other flower.

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Sparse flowering cherry

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