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Cherry tree.

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:14

Nothing on mine yet - I would not worry until mid-May as lots of plants are 2-4 weeks behind with the late frosts and poor weather.

Need help indentifing this plant/ shrub etc

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:12

You can trim it to make it tidy looking but removing Ivy can be a pain. it is actually very good for wildlife.

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 12:44

I find slugs will try anything, sometimes just to annoy you. kimrosefreak list is what I would say. Soil conditions is also important. Drier the soil the less slugs live their, wetter the soil the more slugs you find. My garden is on a slope and they rarely attack anything at the dry top and lots of slugs at the damp bottom. I do find vine weevil, thrips and caterpillars will damage as much as slugs, so a slug free garden is not damage free! 

worth buying primroses now?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 12:35

Mine are just coming into flower - as perennials 50p is a good as they last for years. They are almost evergreen (depends on weather and soil) so can be used to edge borders, esp in shadier areas. Great if we get a mild spring next year. I have mine in a woodland part of my garden and can see them from my kitchen - good burst of colour when needed.

The very best variegated herbaceous n perennial plants....and do you like em?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 12:32

It depends on plants if variegation works or not.

For impact variegated canna like Pretoria and Durban are unbeatable.

Variegated Azalea is great as is variegated Phormiums in all colours.

Fatsia spiders web is different but the variegata variety can look sick.

Variegated Palms looks ill to me - I prefer them totally green.

Wisteria never bloomed in 2nd yr

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 09:13

Good advise Terry - I shall also be trying that!

azalea top leaves turning brown

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:44

It could be young leaves fried in the hard frosts of a few weeeks ago.

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:43

You should see buds, even if not open yet. If you really cannot see any buds then you need to do the scratch test to check if it is still alive.

Agapanthus

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 15:26
  1. No expert but for me, make sure they are root bound - that dries the soil and seems to force them to flower. I have mine in a terracotta pot. I water them in summer and try and keep them dry in a cold frame all winter. I made the mistake of putting them out in early March and they got frosted this year - that really seems to slow them down for months.

Under trampoline plants?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 15:25

It is full sun under a trampoline...not good for Alpines. I suppose waiting to see what self seeds under it might be an option. I would not spend any money on plants specifically for it - dead zone comes to mind.

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