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Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:02

They take up a *lot* of water GD (due to the large leaf area) so I would only plant one in a pot of that size.

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 13:48

The photo goes blurry when I try and zoom in.  Can you take a close up of the leaves and buds (if it has any)?

Apple Seed Help.

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:36

They really need to be planted permanently in the garden but you can keep them in large (50cm+) pots for a few years.  They will eventually blossom and produce apples but they might not be very big or nice to eat although the blackbirds will love them when they fall.   Bear in mind that they will grow into large trees, likely much bigger than a standard grafted tree.  You could try grafting scions (twigs) from an eating apple tree onto them and cut off the rest of the tree if those take.  However, grafting is an art and you would need to read up on it before trying that.  'Bud grafting' is the least difficult.

Damage to climbing rose new growth

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:29

Any muntlac deer in your locale?

Moving a mature hydrangea now

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:27

Give the area a good watering if you can to make extraction easier.  Prepare the new site in advance.  I would then cut it back really hard, almost to the ground which they should cope with at this time of the year.  Obviously try and take as big a rootball as you can manage.

Compacted soil and No Dig method

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 11:44

Kamo, I would recommend well-rotted farmyard manure.  2 inches is the minimum really and I always put down 3 or 4.  It really is worth doing and the benefits to your soil and plants will be more and more evident as time goes by if you do it every year.  I started with heavy clay and can now push a fork all the way down in my veg plot with one hand.

Climbers to cover a brick wall

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 11:33

Galvanised wire is best.  Screwfix have a good range of wire, turnbuckles (for tensioning) and vine eyes and the prices are good, too.  I always use 2.5mm wire as it will take the heaviest of loads (eg armandii clematis.)

Climbers to cover a brick wall

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:12

If you are prepared to fix vine eyes and wires to the wall, there are a few evergreen clematis which also might suit, such as Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' which is completely hardy im my garden.  Because of the heat retaining properties of the wall, some of the other semi-evergreen clematis will probably be fine, too.  I've used this company in the past - a link to their evergreen varieties:


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:05

You are doing the right thing by growing several plants, GD.  That way you should have enough available at one time.  Best to train them up strings or other supports to about 2m high them let them naturally tumble down.  Like cucs and toms, don't feed them until the first fruit have set or you'll get masses of growth and few fruit.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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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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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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