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Help wanted please

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 22:04

I would stop feeding it and only water it when the top inch of soil is dry.  Too much food and water can cause leaves to yellow and drop like that.  You won't harm the plant by doing this and if it starts showing signs of recovery, you know you are on to a winner.

carrots and beets dying?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 23:59

Unfortunately, carrots cannot be lifted and replanted successfully.  To thin them out you need to remove some while leaving the rest in place. You can use the thinnings in salads.  However, beetroot might re-grow after transplanting but will wilt badly because of the root disturbance.  Water it every day until it perks up.  Provide some shading until then to prevent the sun from drying them out.

What clematis is this?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 18:07

There are a few 'Jackmanii' but that looks like none of them.  Whatever it is, it's an early large flowered one (group 2.)  My best guess would be 'Fireworks' but colours vary on cameras and when put on the internet then viewed on different monitors it makes guessing from the colour shown virtually impossible!

You could have a look through this site:


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.

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