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Buddleia pruning?

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 20:15

Yeah I'd agree with Dovefromabove, pruning this time of year is sometimes suggested, say reducing the bush by about half because of the chance of windrock, then finish off in spring.  Like everyone has said they're pretty indestructible and remember they can grow out of mortar joints 20ft up a house so I don't think you can go too far wrong!

how to feed an orhcid without keeping it in water??

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 21:43

I agree with Lottie, it really depends on the type of orchid you are growing.  Phalaenopsis seem to be the easiest in the home, I haven't fed mine or repotted or anything other than watered it in over 18 months and it hasn't stopped flowering!  Cymbidiums are a bit trickier and like a little cooler environment.  As far as feed goes its just a case of diluting orchid feed and watering as you have been doing they will take what they need.

I like the idea of rhonsal's to add moss, in their natural habitat they maybe found living on trees, rocks, etc as they are epiphytic.  You can almost visualise a tropical jungle with moss dangling from the trees and the roots of the orchids clinging to the moss cover bark. Its all about recreating that enviroment.  Good luck I've rambled on enough.

Making Bird Nest Boxes from Recycled Materials.

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:10

Hi Malcar, I've finally got round to blogging about this.  Take a look at the pics and see what you think...... have I done it right??  Thanks for the idea and I really enjoyed making it and will definitely be making more.

to seed or not to seed??

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 20:46

Yes, go for it! Not exactly the same but I've just sown my wildflower meadow but now is fine for grass seed too.

strange scrapy-type holes in lawn.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:17

I've come across this in gardens before and badgers have been to blame.  Haven't managed to fine a successful way of stopping them yet so let me know how you get on.

Mysterious unknown plants

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 18:58

Thank you all so much! Yes definitely Spiraea douglasii & Chelone.  I'll crush the leaves on the walnut just to check, looks like it could be though. Thank you again this has saved me alot of time looking in books etc.

Mysterious unknown plants

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:02




The first 2 pics are of the same plant/tree it has grown a huge amount in one season and is obviously something that has set seed and not actually been planted.

3rd pic, it looks familiar but I need some help. It's been flowering for a long time now and is still going, upright habit, not much more I can tell you.

4th pic, flowering now, herbaceous perennial I think, its growing in pretty dense shade.

Thank you so much, it's driving me mad not knowing what they are.

The dreaded marestail- how do I get rid?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 09:19

I share your frustration!  I've blogged about this if you want to check out the link.  Good luck!

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 21:57

Unless you want the seed yes deadhead them.  If the flowers are left you will get lots of little hellebores popping up next year, the seeds don't travel far so all the seedlings are likely to be close to the parent plant and will compete so lift and pot up if you want them.

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 21:48

It’s been interesting reading everyone’s thoughts on Chelsea. I suppose if you likened it to London Fashion week where designer explore the realms of design and to many of us come up with completely un-wearable pieces of clothing, some may see Chelsea a little like that.  However many of the clothes that find their way onto our highstreets have taken inspiration from those catwalks. So for me Chelsea is about inspiration, and it never fails to provide.  So maybe Diarmuid Gavin's tower was not to your taste, perhaps it was the glorious blooms of the Rhodo’s in the Furzey garden, or the soft herbaceous planting in the Brewin Dolphin Garden - geraniums, euphorbias highlighted so simply with red poppies.  Surely there is something for every gardener at Chelsea??


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