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Is this an ash tree?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:07

Be careful if you buy this, it is indeed frisia robinia - the golden version.  I bought a grafted one, high graft, which did fine for a while, but after 3 - 4 years and a very wet cold winter, it separated at the graft and died.   I'm not sure if they are bought on their own roots, if so that would be better, or with a low graft if possible.   Does look stunning though, it does have long, very sharp thorns after a while, not numerous but very sharp.  

Gw subscription

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 11:05

Cake is excellent, no denial of that!  I had been having the magazine for many years, so it was hardly surprising that it repeated - it will always need new readers and as yet unexperienced gardeners to help.  i did like it alot until a couple of years ago when I found I just was not reading it any more - time to stop I thought. 

Unknown Fuchsia

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 19:04

There are literally hundreds of different fuchsia plant hybrids and cultivars about - I would agree with Paul N, take some very close ups of the flowers as well, and ask the good folk at Sutton. 

Gauntlets

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 19:01

A machete is a thing of wonder, but you've still got to pick up the darned branches afterwards, and the thorns are no less prickly for being detached from the shrubs!!  You can buy genuinly thornproof, virtually chainmail, workgloves from an industrial type store or on line, but they are incredibly expensive.  I find a good pair of leather gloves, really sharp secatures and a grippy thing to pick the branches up with to put them in the bin or in a load for the skip the best.  The grippy thing ia a cheap (£5) item  for people who can't bend well to pick up newspapers and smaller things that fall to the floor - it does work. I don't compost roses as the thorns just do not disappear in my experience. 

help

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:54

Must agree with Auntie Betty, you need someone to have a clear overlook, taking in what you might actually want - and then to suggest a plan.  Whatever you do, don't try to do alot at once. Start with small areas near the house, which you can see more clearly.  Paths and dividing hedges and/or fences may be ananswer, again, not all at once, relax, the garden won't go away - and each bit reclaimed is a victory.  Do agree not to fight nature, a bog garden is a thing of beauty, and if you already have the water, it's pretty well a no brainer isn't it.  Whatever you do, you need lots of pictures and measurements for someone knowlegeable to see.  Do you have a  college  of further education near you?  Ours looks for unusual shaped gardens for the students to study and draw up plans about as part of their education - and you don't have to take their advice after all. 

Spanish Bluebells Still on Sale

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:49

I found at a well run and xecent looking garden centre, a pretty little lattice with nicely spread out stems on it, a plant called fallopia - which is of course our dear old friend Russian Vine!!  Both this and the bluebells should be sold, if at all, with a  health of your garden warning on them, but the reality is that many people neither know nor care, and all the vendor is interested in is making money, so why would they worry about it?  Just avoid, and tell everyone you know - there are plenty of other invasive and dreadful plants still for sale out there, sometimes through ignorance, sometimes through greed - as in calling Russian vine Fallopia, in the hope that some innocent soul won't realise what they have bought.   

Gw subscription

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:44

No, I had GW for many years as a subscription but then after a while got rather fed up with it all the time, so now buy the odd one if it looks interesting & with new information in it.  However, that does indeed look like a good offer, so if you are interested, go for it.  I found it very good in the earlier years of gardening, but a bit repetative after about 15 years!!  Enjoy, there are some good things in it. 

Growing mint in plastic bottles.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:42

Do you mean in a plastic bottle used as a cloche to protect from slugs etc? If so, you don't need to, mint is a thug of the first order, we have several types here and all grow in pots so as to keep them out of the borders, or we'd have to move in a year or two, and not tell anyone they were there !!  If you mean using the plastic bottles as a pot, no reason why not as long as you have plenty of drainage holes in it, and tuck it somewhere a bit shady - and where it will not freeze quite solid in the winter- tho' I suspect that might not worry mintt at all.  Never grown it from seed, anyone who has some is usually very happy to give away roots, look around your neighbours, or ask around - gardeners are very friendly people who often are very willing to share what they have.

I would not sow seeds now, unless you have somewhere light and warm to keep them, keep the seeds till next spring  ...   hope some of this helps? 

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 11:40

Adam, not quite as East as you, Nottinghamshire, so more midlands probably.  Tidying up is indeed death for ladybirds, a few dead leaves and dry logs with ferns and things give them somewhere to live over winter.  All of our garden was completely overun with them in Spring, more than an overwintering few I thought.  It was so hard not to kill some by accident, the Spring clean up got delayed - whih turned out to be a good thing as at least they oould shelter from the ridicuous amount of rain e then had.  Rarely cut much back in autumn as I am sure it is not only ladybirds that shelter in leaves, hedges and so on.  Of course there are also slugs, but they would be under ground as well so not point worrying about them sheltering. 

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:21

Used to see them in my long ago youth, but it is right that it has been many years since I saw one last.  What a shame, they were a delight to us as children. 

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