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Unproductive fruit trees ?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:31

I got no fruit on my Apple or Cherry tree last year as the late frost in April destroyed the flowers.

Removing stubborn ferns from rockery

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:55

I would cut off all the crowns and use a weeding tool to remove out of reach ones. Ferns do not come back when the crown is removed.

Summer Bulbs/Bare Roots Planting

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:52

I do not start Dahlia until April. Gladioli and  Echinacea are hardy for me so stay out all year. Agapanthus and Nerine are also outside  but with overhead protection to keep them on the dry side, the Nerine still in pink bloom now.

Can anyone identify this plant please ?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 12:24

It is Pachira aquatica.

People are getting mixed up with the common names.

A new hedge

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:15

I would go for a mix of Hawthorn and Beech. Hawthorn for security-no one is going to go through a Hawthorn hedge-and Beech for winter screening. You should be able to get those for pence bare root.

Moving Lily bulbs

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:13

Anytime really as they are in pots. Add some grit for drainage.

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:42

Provado does use neonicotinoid insecticides but those are not banned. They are systemic so killing the grubs takes a few weeks/several applications. The UK voted against the EU prohibition as the scientific proof of them affecting bee populations is not there.

Topping Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 20:30

They are great trees. I prefer the juvenile growth but the adult form is also worthy of any park or large garden. I have seen many a Monkey Puzzle tree towering over a tiny urban garden and house, its lower branches cut away. It really does not do it justice. Rather than maul it you are better to remove - right plant for right place is the gardeners motto!

Topping Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:21

You will kill it (as growth comes from the leader only) and make it look terrible, just terrible until it dies. If you really must 'top it' then just cut the whole thing down and plant a more suitable plant.

Bamboo

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:52

Pampas grass is oddly invasive. I found lots of it growing in gravel at my in laws house in Inverness in quite heavy shade. I wondered what the strange leaves were, Cordyline looking but rough like reed. I do think that it could be fitted into more modern plantings but it does look dated in a 1970 raised island in suburbia.

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