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Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:05

Having clay soil is a bit like having a new baby. You sleep when it does or you don't sleep.

with clay soiL you get out there straight after it rains and do your planting and digging because that is your only chance 

weird plant

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:22

Looks like an impudent phallus to me!

ID just a memory

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 06:29

Thanks chaps. Looked it up on rhs site. Leaves not right. The leaves on my shrub were sort of curly and sort of curled back on themselves. They were very soft . Some but not all, mature 'clumps' would get a reddish purplish tint and new growth was lime green.

Bark didn't actually peel off as such but would come off if rubbed.

It did not seem to have any ambitions to grow over 6ft.

It grew in very poor, dry soil in the corner of a very small front garden with brick walls. 

ID just a memory

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 21:21

Many years ago I had an evergreen shrub. It had reddish bark which I think used to peel off  in shreds . I think it may have been some sort of conifer. The leaves were soft and it had a bushy shape.  The leaves on each branch   we're bushy too. I don't remember it having a smell of pine. When I pruned it there was new growth from all parts of plant. It grew to about 6ft and if allowed, would spread in all directions.

Would love to get another. Often have a feel of evergreens in garden centres but could never find it.

Would be grateful for any suggestions.

It was almost a perfect garden

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 21:04

You must be devastated. Hopefully your plants are just damaged and not lost. We will be thinking of you.

How do I tame this mystery tree?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 11:03

I have a couple of trees like yours . Grew them from a packet of mixed perennial seeds. Didn't know they'd be trees! Have to keep them heavily pruned, so no clues blossom-wise. It's great to know what they are. Thanks.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 00:33

It's raining cats and dogs here but I'm going to feel a right wally watering the pots but it's got to be done

Plant ID

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 15:53

I write lists and leave them at home or lose them. Then you can play list bingo to see if anything you bought matches the list.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:46

Looks like he'd keep burglars out too!


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:43

I'll have to look that one up

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ID just a memory

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wild strawberries

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compost heap advice please.

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rose colour

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have you tried anything new that worked or didn't?

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I have nurtured a viper!

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does anyone know what I've done with my secateurs?

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broken terracotta pots

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