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Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 21:41
Thzt side of my garden is in semi shade. Morning sun. The soil neutral/clay but i did sieve the soil before planting. The plants are 2 years old. Does not dry up too much. Will try the mushroom compost. Thank you so much Verdun.

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 20:05
Could i butt in and ask if any of you folks feed your hellebores after planting or at the end of the season. Mine flower nicely but do not grow to any great size. Should i be doing znything other than putting on homemade compost.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 20:07
Whilst talking roses, can I pick your knowledgeable brains and ask if anyone has ever heard of a rose called the 'Moorish Rose'. I saw a pic of one somewhere last year but can not remember where! It had mulberry colour flowers and a mint green
foliage (so my scribbled note says). I am beginning to think it may be a USA or european only grown one. Let that be a lesson, follow up your new finds immediately!
PS I have grown bare rooted and pot grown roses and all have survived, think alot depends on what you plant them in to.

Box Hedge Trimming

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 15:45
Of course you are right David, was just going to do a tidy up. Thank you BM,
I think it would take me quite a while to do what I have with scissors but it could
be a good way to neaten off when I miss a bit. Thank you both.

Box Hedge Trimming

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 13:09
Thanks a lot David will have a look at those, see if I can get around my box
balls any better.

Box Hedge Trimming

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 14:24
Hi Ladies and Gents. Does anyone know of a pair of topiary shears that would suit a lady and a smaller hand. I presently use a pair bought from garden centre and they are difficult to hold. I have tried electric and long handles shears non of which give me the control I need. Thanks.

Home Garden

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 11:15

I too have only found 2 ladybirds this year, very sad as there r are plenty of aphids around here (buckinghamshire ). Have not seen any larvae  at all. Have any of you ever introduced them into you're  garden, was it successful?  Just as recently as 3 years ago dwe had plenty (albeit european ones!) And had to clear out the car as a hundred or so had taken up winter residence in the door seals.  Now not even one sizing up the car!

Honeysuckle leaves turning yellow and falling off

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 02:13

I put large pieces of crocs around the base, they cover up to about 6 inches up the main stem.  At the  height of summer (if its a hot one!) I water well but try not to get the leaves wet.  Feeding it at this time of the year is a great idea, I also use nettle water twice in the season.  At the end of the flowering season they do seem to droop a bit and need a bit of a feed to keep leaves strong.  My honeysuckle is facing south east so does not boil but still needs checking as heat and rain seems to have a bad effect on the leaves.  They can be cut well back if there is a problem and they still fight to live another year.  

Honeysuckle leaves turning yellow and falling off

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:55

I tend to cover the bottom of the stem with large pieces of broken pot, just as you would with a clematis.  They do not too much direct sun.  Same thing happened to me last year but sheltering the lower stem seems to have helped a lot with extra watering as well.

Problems With Honeysuckle - Yellow/brown leaves

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:42

I had the same problem with my honeysuckle back in early Aug.  I assumed it was the heat and wet and cut in back to one foot high.  I did not feed in case it spurted before the winter and it has now started to grow much healthier leaves and not too fast so I think it will make it!  Definitely agree with not feeding it until after January.  Honeysuckles do seem to be quite prone to sickness, especially the larger leafed ones.  Good luck chris

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