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Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:16

Adding some kind of support is all you can do Victoria.  They won't transplant unfortunately - I've tried that before and they quickly died.  They may have been blown down by the recent wind or you might even be right about the dog in a way - I occasionally find things flattened and discovered it was a fox trampling things down and making a nice 'bed' for basking in the sun!  I discovered that when the fox jumped out when I was quietly pottering about one afternoon!

Clematis cuttings

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:11

I have most success using bottom heat with the cuttings in a similar mix, Dove.  Covered by a plastic bag and placed in a position with no significant amount of direct sun.  A good use of a heated propagator tray at a time when those are normally put away until next January.

What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:48

Indeterminate tomatoes will just keep growing until it gets too cold for them or they get diseased.  Commercial growers grow cordons 20 feet tall or more!  If they are cut back and a sideshoot grows from a remaining leaf axil, it can develop into a new plant as you found.

Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:41

Hi Sarah, they are scale insects, probably Hazel scale.  You can rub them off.  The white residue are eggs which are about to hatch at this time.  The young larvae then distribute themselves all over the tree, so try and make sure you rub them all off now.  More here from the RHS:


South/west facing wall plants

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:07

I'll echo the recommendation for trained fruit trees - they will love being against a sunny wall and give you that lovely 'cottagey' feel (plus fruit too, of course.)

How to deal with white fungus/mould on apple tree

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:02

That looks like it could be woolly aphid rather than a fungus.  Wooly aphid is very common on apple trees.  Check the RHS advice on it, here:


plants called choc ice

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:40

If you have a very large pot, there's a Japanese flowering cherry tree called 'Chocolate Ice'.

There's also a Nigella (aka Love-in-a-mist') called 'choc ice' which is an annual and suitable for a small pot.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:17

Perfect, Jason.

Standing Pots in Water in a Tray

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:13

If you (temporarily!) stand a pot in a tray of water, the compost will soak up as much water as it needs.  That should take about 30 minutes.  Then remove the pot from the tray.

The advantage is that the compost will be thoroughly wetted all the way through which may not happen when you water from above as it can run straight down, particularly if the compost has been allowed to dry out too much.

Note that most plants will die if you permanently leave them in pots sitting in a tray of water.

Plant ID.

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:03

Honesty (Lunaria annua)?  The seed pods on that do look like flat round leaves.

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Increase in noise! 
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Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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