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Bare root Peony

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:18

Snap PD!

Bare root Peony

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:18

I would plant them in pots for now, horizontally just under the surface with the buds pointing upwards.  If they came in plastic bags, don't leave them in those as they will rot.

Identify & advice please

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:13

It sounds like you may have a mixture of plants there.  Crocosomia sounds right for the orange flowers.  If the purple flowers were on long wiry stems, several to each stem, it could be dierama (aka angel's fishing rods) which also has tall grass-like leaves:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:50

Just planted a fastigate cherry tree (Prunus serrulata Amanogawa) which arrived on Christmas Eve together with even more tulips..  Can't wait for spring as I've planted an unbelievable number of bulbs this year, many of which I'd forgotten I'd ordered! 

Accidentally dug through a few existing bulbs while planting, which is inevitable of course.

Also noticed the double snowdrops I planted several weeks ago are peeping their noses out of the soil - those came as dry bulbs so wasn't sure whether they'd do very well as I usually buy 'in the green'. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 20:09

Looking at the bark, I think it may be a cherry tree.

How far back should i prune my apple tree?

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 22:52

Winter pruning is primarily done to young trees in order to promote vigorous growth to get the overall 'wine glass' shape.  Once this has been achieved, it's better to switch to summer pruning which will restrict growth and promote the formation of fruiting spurs.
Having said that, what you are looking at with your tree is renovative pruning which, as mentioned by pansyface and kt53 above, should be done in winter and over the course of several years.  Here is an RHS link giving detailed advice:

No berries on Nandina Domestica Richmond

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 13:06

If you have room, Andy, perhaps get another 'Richmond' from a different supplier to help with pollination?  Even self-pollinating varieties will do better if they can cross-pollinate with another one.  That applies to all types of self-pollinating plants, especially those which produce berries or other fruit.

Privet Hedge

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 20:33

Just checked the RHS site:

and that says it is glyphosate based, which is good news as that is inactivated when in contact with soil, so won't have affected the hedge by percolating through the slabs into the roots.  The only way glyphosate based weedkiller could have affected the hedge is if the spray was blown onto the leaves of the hedge by wind.  Is that a possibility?  Even if it is, the hedge may only have been weakened and may well survive and green-up in spring.

Privet Hedge

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 20:17

I just went to their website to check what the active ingredients are, to see if runoff would affect nearby plants but got this:

Is there any mention on the back of the container?

No berries on Nandina Domestica Richmond

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 20:06

Yes, I missed the 'Richmond' bit in the title!  Perrhaps the other reason mentioned in the article (temperature) could be the issue. It was much colder than normal earlier this year, possibly when it was in bloom?

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