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Topiary Alternative

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:39

Are you watering them? Remember that the plants can act like an umbrella preventing water reaching the soil, so rain alone is rarely enough. Box is normally fine in north facing aspects, so I also suspect that it may be exposed (windy), or the planter too small for the size of plants. Fushia standards are not a good choice for north facing aspects as they need sun.

If you reply about how windy and exposed the site is and pot size then we might have better ideas for you.

Tree Peony

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:33

Give it a mulch of compost and bark over winter and give a good fertiliser feed in early spring. It needs lots of sun (prefereably full sun) to give a good show of blooms. I only had a handful of blooms last year, but what tends to happen is it sulks one year then blooms like mad the next.


Posted: 03/11/2012 at 15:48

Slugs and Snails normally leave 2nd year Foxgloves alone if that helps. Caterpillars can be a problem though, so you still need to look out.



Posted: 03/11/2012 at 15:45

Fir trees have shallow feeding roots and with the wet summer washing away nutrients, adding leaf mulch now over the area of the trees will help bring back the green-ness.

Dark corners

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 20:03
Dolores Umbridge wrote (see)

What abourt a couple of solar lights?

Solar light need direct sun light....not something you normally get in a dark corner!

Light gravel does work from experience.

too cold to plant Perenials?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 22:41

Am guessing you mean Japanese Anemone, as they look like daisy. Thye are hardy.

frost free green house

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 18:01

B&Q sell it. I doubt garages sell it as they stopped selling gas cannisters and the like years ago to fill up with sweets, crisps and magazines.

Californian Poppies

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:34

In a sheltered spot Californain Poppy is perennial, comong up every year. I have one that does that in a well drained though not that sunny area. It also self seeds. A seedling like your will die in the frost and you will have lost them, if outside in the ground. If they are then do as Doverfromabove has said and put them in a pot/trough and then into a greenhouse/coldframe and they may make it. It really was too late for you to sow them!


Posted: 22/10/2012 at 09:41

I did an experiment and pruned off all the old leaves off one set of Strawberries and left them on the others this year. Both gave good crops but the ones with the leaves hard cut in autumn last year produced better tasting, larger and more numerous strawberries as the sun could get to them. The ones with the old leaves had a lot of rot (could just be the wet weather this year). My plan is to hard cut most of the larger, old leaves this year to clear the central stalk.

Talkback: How to plant a small tree

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 10:12
If the tree is small (less then 1 metre) and with a root ball then it does not need a stake. If it is bare root or taller than 1 metre then it will need one. You add the stake at time of planting.

If you have heavy soil then the tree must NOT be at the same level as the soil level, it needs to be above it to stop the tree drowning over winter.

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