BobTheGardener


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Wisteria

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 20:44

You might be lucky Aym but expect a long wait of at least 5 to 7 years.  You never know though, you might get a stunner!  That's the beauty of growing things from seed.

Wisteria

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 20:29

Agree with DHR, only buy one in flower if you want to guarantee future flowering.  If you can't do that for some reason, buy one which is grafted.  Small ones available from supermarkets and the like are usually grown from seed and there is no guarantee that they will ever flower.  Having grown 2 flowerless ones from seed nearly 20 years ago and carefully pruned them exactly as per RHS advice, I speak from experience!


Actually, that's not completely true as one of them did flower once - the same year it died from honey fungus..

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 19:13

It's still there for me Redwing.  Check you haven't accidentally 'ignored' neilberry in your forum settings.

Mystery Plants

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:35

3rd pic down are grape hyacinths.  Rather invasive and too much leaf for me but some folk like them.  Last pic is a hardy geranium of some type and worth keeping.

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Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:29

Personally, I'd seriously consider having those two trees removed and stumps ground out, even if you have to save up to do it.  They look overly vigorous for that position and haven't been pruned well.  Growing grass beneath them will always be tricky if not impossible.  That would give you a blank canvass and you could plant some smaller, much more well behaved trees and shrubs.

Pergola posts

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:29

Hi Dove, can I suggest you go for the bolt type which are the same price:


http://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Bolt-System-600mm-Support-Spike-for-75-x-75mm-Posts/p/218590


Much easier to both insert and remove the posts.   The standard ones can be a bit tight and standing on a ladder hitting the top of the post with a slegehammer (like I had to do on a 60ft fence once) is best avoided!

Pergola posts

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:14

Not much you can do now really.  Normally, you place the posts in concrete and make an angled cement 'lip' a couple of inches above ground to help prevent rotting (it's contact between wood and soil which causes them to rot ) See this image:



Alternatively, you can use 'metpost' supports which allow you to replace a post when it eventualy rots at the bottom.

Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:57

PS, there are several types of perennial sunflower such as Helianthus maximiliani and 'Lemon queen'.  You could also look at Berkheya purpurea which is a thistle which produces light purple sunflower-like flowers on tall stems.  Those are great for bees and other insects.

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Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:40

In my experience, Jerusalem artichokes are shy flowerers (as Dove mentions) so would also go for Globe artichokes or one of the many types of sunflowers.

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:51

The simple fact is that lots of folk (perhaps the majority) in the UK call flat leaved parsley 'French parsley'.  The rest call it 'Italian parsley' and the 'other rest' just call it 'flat leaved parsley'!

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