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Autumn bliss

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:14

If you just planted them this year then they should be putting down roots first then top growth. They are spreaders so even if you get nothing this year you will next. I got my first ripe raspberries 2 weeks ago...they come earlier every year. I think the first year mine fruited in late August/Sept.

Ceanothus life span?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:56

Do you know what variety of Ceanothus it is? I would be tempted to cut it down and see if it regrows and vigour.

Dead blades of grass in lawn

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:43

Mine looks the same. I raked over it to take out the thatch at the weekend and it looks better already.

Large plant needed for balcony, help appreciated!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 13:19

Oleander come in many colours - Orange being one of the most difficult ones to buy in the UK. The cream/yellow ones can be nearly orange. You are most likely to find them in a GC than online.

If you are after orange flowers then Azalea or Rhododendrons would be a better bet to be able to source for this weekend.

Large plant needed for balcony, help appreciated!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 12:43

I would go for Nerium Oleander. Evergreen and flowers.

Callistemon (bottle brush plant) is slightly hardier but the flowers more fleeting and is also evergreen.

The 2 above do not mind the winds associated with balconies.

A Fatsia (there are lots of varieties, Spiders web, Annelise and Fatsia polycarpa come very well recommended).

I would not advise to get any of the other plants mentioned above as they are not hardy and London gets air and ground frosts, even super sheltered central London ones. The wind will rip to shreds Canna and musa leaves and will look terrible in no time. You will also be staring at an empty pot come December for Hedychium, Canna and Brugs.

I do like Jungleplants! but a balcony is no good for them.

Floppy sedums

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:06

Chelsea chop works for me...or shade as that stunts growth. Chelsea chop gives you lots of new plants as they root easily in water.

Overgrown garden - please help

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:09

First thing that I would do is cut the grass to see what the land is like and if there are any problem areas. I would then take stock of what plants are worth keeping and those to remove.

What would eat Lupins?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 13:31

Overnight would make me think large Snails or Caterpillars.

What are the benefits of spreading compost before laying new turf?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:57

To give grass roots something to root into and to level the ground for the turf. Horticultural sand is the more commonly used material for laying turf onto. As it is easier to level and is less messy.

Twisted Willow

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:16

Just keep watering it. The pot needs to be big as it is a Willow, which is naturally found on riverbanks. I would not feed it - best not to feed a sick plant. Mine is in the ground and suffers windburn at times and during dry periods I do need to water it a lot, even in the ground. Long term a pot is slow death.

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