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Cherry Tree

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:12

They are probably thirsty - and it is not so soon for leaves under pressure to think about dropping to preserve their strength for next year.  Leave well alone (sorry for the awful pun!)

can they live in pots?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:18

You can grow anything in a pot, but you must then do all for the plants that they woful do for themselves in the open ground.   Some winter protection with fleece will help the rots not to freeze come winter.  I'd suggest a mixture of John Innes 2 and organic multipurpose compost, with vermiculite to open it for drainage.  

help to identify

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:58

Hmm, if this is an intelligence test, I've failed - again!!

Trailing hanging basket plants

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:55

I think you are right Tetley, and as several folk have said, it doesn't like full direct sun.  Lots of water, as with all baskets, I use a quarter strength seaweed feed every time I water, after the first soak at the end of the day.  Works for me. 

Need an I.D on this please

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:51

Hardy geraniums, in all sorts of colours and sizes, are just about taking over in my garden - and very welcome they are too.  Easy to rejuvenate with a cut back, the leaves are pretty, they smother just about all weeds - and good things too if you don't keep an eye on them.  They also come in such a variety of sizes, I have a magenta one sharing a frame with a  pale clematis and both are currently around 4 foot high, with a little one, about 6 inches high, a paler magenta, at the base - gorgeous. 

Overgrown fuchsia. Too late to prune them?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 20:06

Better later but better now than not at all.  Fuchsia are incredibly forgiving.

At last............

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 20:05

My OH also put the foot down re the grass, on the grounds that a place to out a chair and table is nice once or twice a year when it is possible  (can't call it lawn under the trades description act!!) but it seems that several pots have somehow leaked out over the edge and onto he grass.  Well. I've not dug up any grass ……..

Is it just me?!

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:07

Hebes respond well to severe pruning, but in my personal opinion, a plant that doesn't work goes!! That is why I have a 12 year old bush honeysuckle that is huge, looks like nothing delightful at all, and only gives any pleasure for around 2 weeks a year!!!!  Each year around now when I look at this dull, lumpy green bush I swear to get it out - yet it is still there.  I am totally ruthless -  but not with my own plants. 

Wisteria being choked

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:03

It's remarkable what plants will put up with if they must.  I suspect that there are many wisterias with a similar complaint.  Try pruning out just a few of the wire choked branches at a time, not now of course, but later in the year when it is dormant.  Don't go all out at once.  Also you could try cutting the wire, slipping the wire cutters under it - not always easy I know if it is deeply embedded.  If you can cut it, the branch will expand and you need do nothing further - the plant will heal itself around the foreign body. You would be amazed at how many trees are felled only to have wire, hinges, nails and all sorts of things found deeply embedded inside them, and casing no harm, once they are not strangling it any more. 

At last............

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:58

You possibly don't want too much shade over a pond, it gets cool and the leaves drop in and may cause a problem.


A couple of years (probably more, I've reached the time of life where years just run into each other - lovely!), we bought our son a large preformed black plastic pond shape  - I will admit I was very dubious.  It is sited between a large shed (that was probably a garage in a previous life) and his rosa rugosa hedge.  With weeks of him digging out the space, and filling it he had an amazing amount of life in it.  Last year he had newts even.  Always dragon flies, birds come to drink at the shallow end - it really is a joy.  He put in a small solar powered trickle fountain to keep the mozzies out - he didn't want to keep fish so that was OK.  He can now just sit back and watch water boatmen, and all sorts of wonderful things in it.  Go for it.  

Interested to hear it is a quarryman's cottage, my son's place is an old dairy - his flat is the milk cooling shed end, and has the original Victorian tiles on the floor in what is now his kitchen. 

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