Bookertoo


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Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:10

As for the green stuff - it may well be grass, but don't worry about it keeping green.  If we get a long dry patch it will go brown, don't waste time and resources watering it, it will green up again as if by magic when it gets wetted again.   I don't much like a green sward or bowling green, my patch is full of small flowers - and we like it like that so you might too?  

no idea

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:07

I've grown tamarisk not far from the sea in Norfolk - it does well and when given some TLC does look lovely - a and doesn't mind the salt air.  Give it a chance, trim it, feed it, mulch it and wait and see what it does in the spring.

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:01

……   and lots of Spring bulbs, nothing cheers you more than them coming up year on year - and they require very little attention.

Lilac Tree

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:57

I think this is something that lilacs tend to do, I always chop mine - the tall stems that is - whenever I see them, and severely in October.  So far, so good. 

Pruning overgrown honeysuckle

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:55

Hear Hear!

Slugs and their nemesis

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:54

Big horrid looking slugs eat little damaging slugs, so having a good mixture of types is a good thing.  The little keel ones are the monsters as far as your garden is concerned, they eat roots, stems, leaves and any other parts of plants that they can reach - and they can reach them all!  

how much to chop

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:53

Yes, give them both a severe cut, I'd be inclined to do it in October as that is when I tend to do all mine, I'm always afraid that if I do it is Spring I'll lose all the flowers - though with the fuchsias that is very unlikely as they really are as tough as old boots.  In some milder areas they are used as hedges and trimmed with hedge cutters like any other hedge, and still flower like mad.  Not so certain about the honeysuckle - no experience with that.  Feed and water, feed again in the spring and off they will go. 

Clematis

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:50

Clematis are very hungry and thirsty plants.  They like to have their roots in the shade, and their heads in the sunshine.  Plant a couple of feet away from the wall, into d DEEP hole, fill with much organic material, use a mycorrhizal powered of gel on the roots, lots of water, mulch thickly with organic material, water and feed with clematis feed regularly.   Much also depends upon which kind of clematis you plant, some such as clematis montana can cover several meters of area in both directions, and be a couple of meters thick as well.  Some, little alpinas for example, are not as vigorous but look lovely climbing through other shrubs, or even other clematis.  The combination of roses and clematis is well known because it is extremely attractive and affective.  Jasmines need a lot of light, and a fair bit of warmth as well - if there are big shrubs growing in front of them, they will just give up and die (I've done this more than once!). 

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 18:21

Not wrong there Y, when did you last see a book that tells you that most raspberries become rampant thugs?  But they certainly do …….

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 17:10

Let's hope your fingers don't get cramp!! I've still got some small bits of it around, I refuse to allow it to flower - this is NOT the one which would lead to money, the pretty coloured ones are, and although they run a little,  they are nothing like the original orange - which is nearly as good/bad as evening primrose - not quite as bad as mile-a-minute vine, but heading in that direction! 

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