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Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:20

The ones I lleft in pots survived, though one was very late starting and I did think Ihad lost it. Some were in the cold greenhouse over winter, some not - the larger pots I just could not move.  Don't have so many but all OK so far. 

Pear Tree

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:16

It may well just be dropping some of the young fruits that it cannot bring to fruition this year, the June drop is quite normal, you should still get a good crop.

Talkback: Edible weeds

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:15

Thank you very much, this I am very tempted to try.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:07

I'd love to think the blighters drowned, yet they seem to be here is some numbers, though I will admit fewer than is some years.  Maybe they will die out naturally?  No, come to think of it, probably not - look at japanese knotweed - or rather don't!  They didn't reduce in the bitter winter of a few years ago - maybe they don't like having their antennae wet. 

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:02

I love it when things start to self seed, even my lavender has done so into the gravel path, but some things (like the British rain!), never know when to stop.  My friend has invasion trouble with japanese anemones, yet I really have to care for them to get them to flourish - but lily of the valley, bronze carex, white campanula - these all sow themselves with abandon - everywhere.  Some things like anemone blanda blue I am happy to allow, but others really do make a meal of it. 

Can someone anser this Question

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:33

It makes no difference whatsoever, it is one of those persistent urban myths that keep people chatting in pubs for hours!

Anyone know the identity of this plant please/

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:32

If you don't want this to happen, there are treated bird foods that will not germinate, or you can cook the bird seed for 2 minutes in a microwave which stops it germinating and makes no difference to the birds - as long as it is cold when it goes out!

Can Jasmine go in a pot?

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:30

Anything can grow in a pot, provided the pot is large enough and you are prepared to give it all the care and attention it cannot give for itself in the open ground.  Which kind of jasmine did you have in mind?  There is no reason why not, but you will need to treat it with care and attention all year round - we grow much of our garden in pots, somewhere between 400 - 450, and so I know they can be time consuming - but great fun as you can grow all sorts of unlikely things apparently together, and move them around as they get past their best or come into full glory.

Which evergreen shrub

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:26

Whatever you plant here is going to have to compete with some pretty greedy plants taking water and nutrients out of the soil.  It might be better to put something you like in a pot or trough than expect it to compete with leylandii and hawthorn?

It may be possible for rosa rugosa to do here, or pyracantha (prickly which may be a no no for you), maybe some ground cover like periwinkle - the newer ones are better in flower and not so invasive as thier earlier cousins.  Early spring small bulbs may do well, flowering before the canopy thickens.  Spindle shrubs are nice, good autumn colour - possibly wigelia?

Boston fern from spores ...

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:23

Although I have never done this, I hve read that it can take quite a long time, sounds as if you are off on the right track, keep the trays moist and quietly wait - all will be revealed in natures time I imagine. 

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