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HELP - subsiding bank

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:56

How unstable is it? It will naturally lose lose soil after it rains.

I put a lot of Dogwood, Juniper and Primrose on a similar though not as steep part of my garden and it has worked well to date. I put in some treated decking boards at the top, middle and bottom of the slope to help contain it as well, with some rocks behind those for drainage and strength with plants in between.


what is wrong with my Judas tree?

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:44

It looks like mould caused by the area being too damp. I would remove the affected leaves and dispose of them.

Edging for beds

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:42

Use the garden hose to set the curve that you want and mark that shape with sand or go over it with a spade. Edging is up to you - bricks and setts do look good. I have a 6'' trench between my lanws and borders that I go over every couple of months and that stops the lawn invading. I have one small round border that I use those log things joined at the back with metal - so you could reuse them as the curve well.

Dicentra Care

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:38

I was given a number of Dicentra/ Bleeding Heart plants and I have been their worst enemy as the leaves vaguely look like Creeping Buttercup I always end up removing most of the growth in spring. This year I avoided doing that (), so have a reasonable plant that actually flowered for once.

What do I do now - leave it to die back or cut it down? As the Dicentra came from a relative I want to look after it better than I have.

cersis forest pansy

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 17:42

Not sure what size - it was one of those 3 for £10 ones from Asda - 40L?

cersis forest pansy

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:44

It does do well in containers (at least so far for me) but prefers a free draining site in the ground. They have a habit of branch dieback during even mild winters until the reach a certain size, which is a bit boring and limits spring flowers. My ones in a pot is a lovely yellow at the moment while the one in the ground is still green.

Winter greenhouse protection.

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 15:56

Inside and go for the bubbly wrap with large bubbles as that stores heat more efficiently than smaller bubbles.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 15:43
Blissful Gardener wrote (see)

Have you considered boxwood shrubs?

A Green Velvet Boxwood grows about 4-6 feet upon maturity and also fast growing. Best for growing zones 5-8. Since the mature width is 3-5 feet, I don't think the roots can reach and damage the pipes. But i'm not sure though. It's just my guess. I never heard anyone having problems with pipes when it comes to shrubs.


Buxus is not fast growing - you can be dead before it gets to 6ft as that takes 20-50 years depending on position. It is also expensive - over £1 per 9cm plant. A bare root wip is about 60p for a native hedge tree that will reach 4-6ft in 3 years. Also the Zones system form the USA are of no use in the UK as out temperatures are milder in winter but much much wetter - it can be bone dry in a US winter and winter is longer here than in the US as we are far more northern.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:21

I am talking from experience - the bulbs come up early if planted now (around Nov/Dec) esp if it stays mild. That means the stalks are out during the worst of winter in Jan-Mar which often kills the flowering bit and thus you only get leaves for that year. I had a look online and if you mulch early stalks then that might mitigate any problems over the worst of winter.


No flowers on gladioli

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:14

My experience is to leave them planted deeply in well draining soil and that way they flower every year or so. I actually lost more of the lifted Gladioli than the ones that I left in the ground. They do like water in the summer and a sunny site - sunnier the better.

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