BobTheGardener


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What to do with this bush?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 15:40

Trevor, I can't ID it from the photo's but can see that it happily sends up new stems from the base (these are a lighter brown colour.)  Because of that it would be safe to completely remove some of the old stems, right back to the ground.  A general recommendation is to remove one third of the oldest stems each year in case the shrub only flowers on wood which is one or two years old.  That way you will still get flowers but will be able to gain and maintain control of it's size.

Tree identity

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 12:21

You can't attach photos that way.  Save them from your email to a folder and then press the little green tree icon and follow instructions to upload them here.

Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 23:05

A garden that automatically gets larger when I want to plant something which I don't have room for!

Plant ID for this bonsai please.

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 18:12

It's probably a Loropetalum Chinense but a chance seedling in which case it will be unique.  Serious Bonsai growers will select particular tree and shrub seedlings which are already dwarf in form as that effectively gets them half way there. 

Whats wrong with my magnolia

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:20

Some of mine look like that after catching a late frost but they do recover.  I don't like the look of the black spots though so the frost damage may have let in a disease like a fungus.  I would give it a spray with a general fungicide such as the ones used for roses and keep your fingers crossed.

Plant ID for this bonsai please.

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:10

Looking at those flowers my best guess would be some form of witch hazel but as those usually produce flowers before the leaves appear, it probably isn't.

Edit: Looks like the Chinese forms do have flowers and leaves at the same time.  Look up Hamamelidaceae Loropetalum Chinense Shang-white (which is evergreen.)

Non creative imagination

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:59

The easiest way to make a curve is to lay a hosepipe around the area and use a spade to follow the shape.

cosmos seed colours

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:40

They grow them in isolation Sanjy, so that they are only pollinated by other white ones, something we can't do at home because of those naughty bees!

However, I've had the odd pink and pink-edged ones grow from commercial 'white' seeds.

advice on a plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:33

Keep it well watered (a good soaking once a week) for the rest of this summer and autumn so that it grows a good root system.  If in a pot/container then it might need watering twice a week in hot weather.  In late autumn or early spring, prune it to keep a good shape and completely cut out any shoots which are not variagated or those will take over.

ID this plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:24

From the leaf and flower shape I would say it is certainly some kind of Sage.  Agree that a photo of the complete plant would help identify it further.

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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