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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What is it -2

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:57

If I ever buy mixed seed I sort it into separate piles of identical seeds as far as I can and sow them separately to avoid the issue nutcutlet describes.  Time consuming and fiddly it is but I do like surprises and you never know what you are getting in some mixes.

HELP sheared weeping cherry branch

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:52

Hi Karen, it will heal itself naturally over time but it might be a good idea to support the branch to prevent the wind from breaking it off where the wound will make the wood weaker.  You could tie it to a cane or two to hold the branch in place until it has healed.  Using glue or anything else would slow the healing process down at best.

Ideas wanted for a shade loving climber that flower

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:20

There are lots of clematis that will grow perfectly happily in shade or on North facing walls etc.  The problem is choosing from the hundreds that are suitable!

sign off

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:13

Which web browser and version are you using Alan?  One quick fix is to install and use a different one for this site such as Chrome if you are currently using Internet Explorer.  A proper fix may be to clear the 'cookies' of the one you use at present, but how you do that depends on what it is.

Plum tree pruning advice

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 18:57

tamsinnwales, yes, cut off the low branches which touch the ground and do it now to avoid silver leaf disease which is more likely if you prune plums in the Winter.  Cut them cleanly almost flush with the trunk, slightly beyond the collar (which is a ring of bark at the base of every branch on a tree.)

umbrella plant

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 00:35

If it's this one:

I have just rooted 2 cuttings from one at work which grew too tall.  I just cut leaf-less lengths of stem about 6 inches long and left them for 24h so the ends calloused over then potted them into a 50:50 mix of sand and compost.  They both rooted after a few weeks and are now starting to produce leaves.  Just make sure you pot them the right way up.

odd aquilegias.

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 23:32

They cross-pollinate like mad with the native ones and any other species in the neighbourhood although most don't turn out as pretty as those - you have some nice ones there, fidget!  Breeding them is a lot of fun (bit of a hobby of mine) but I find most seedlings are not worth keeping so I wait for the first flower and weed the duds out.


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 19:30

Deadheading is crucial in my experience and you must remove the developing seed pod or they think they've done their bit and flowering stops.  I use a pair of small scissors to snip them off as secateurs are too awkward.

Safe planting

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 18:51

Hi Lindy, Do you mean will it affect the lillies if they are left planted there?  If so, the only problem you might see is that the fruit and veg would be competing for nutrients and the lillies may not grow as well as they did when they were growing on their own. 

buddleia has woodworm

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 18:44

Hi Tom, I would take cuttings and start growing new trees which will grow rapidly.  Buddleia aren't particularly long lived and it does sound on its way out.  A 10 inch diameter trunk is impressive - I've never heard of one growing to that size!

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