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Penstemons

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:34

You can keep them under a hedge if you have one, ina garage if there is a window, or anywhere cool where they will not freeze.  failing all of that, a cheap plastic grow house will work, but make sure it is pinned down well as they blow away very easily - leaving your baby penstemons uncovered.  In fact, they are tough little plants, and if you have sheltered part of the garden, and we get some decent weather later in the year (sigh of hope!), they may well establish well enough in the ground to get through the windter, depending how much of one we get of course..  A cloche or  large plastic bottle with the lid removed and the bottom cut off to act as a cloche will protect them - especially come spring when the slugs are hungry - come to that at any time, they are always hungry!!

help have i killed my clematis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:29

Regarding your rose - very near the time of the move, dig it up with as much earth around the rootball as you can get, wrap it in wet sacking, pop into a bucket or something so there is not wet earth everywhere, and replant as soon as possible when you get where you are going.  You will need to reduce the stems by at least one third, as it will need all its energy to make new roots where it is going.  Septemeber - October is the best time to do this so the timing is right - good luck with it. 

help have i killed my clematis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:26

I think it is likely that your montana is droopy because it has been rained on so much.  I've had several for around 15 years and have never fed them, except incidentally when other plants near at hand get a dose of feed.  It may also have just got very heavy, its own weight plus that of all the rain - prune away, you can't kill it.  My neighbour chopped mine down, it was 18 foot long along our fence, and ended up an 18 inch stump - yes, we are still speaking, there was a misunderstanding about the nature of the plant - anyway, the point is that it has recovered and is heading off too be its origianl size again in a year or two. 

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:22

So sorry to hear about your plum tree and its break.  Trim up the jagged bits, don't paint it, and wait - I'd like to bet it will put out some new shoots given time enough.  Good luck. 

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:20

You'd have a job to do it much harm, they are super plants when well trained and trimmed, but can, as you are finding out, be rather a handful.  There is a very little one for rockeries or anywhere a small plant is needed, which is very good, grows about 4 inches high and so far - about 3 years on - about 2 foot across. Usual bee loved white flowers and red berries to follow.   I assume the birds eat these but I cannot see it when indoors so haven't seen that, but they go as the winter progresses. 

iceberg climbing rose

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:17

Wait, patience is a virtue.  It has spent this year making a good root system, next year it will begin to flower - none of these bigger plants are likely to do everything in the first year after planting, only annuals do that and your rose aims to be around for a good few years, so will take time to get going.  Tie it is so that some of the branches are horizontal, this will also encourage flowering along those branches next season, prune according to any good rose book (it is different for climbers and ramblers, so besure what you have).   Feed in Spring, sit back and wait, it will do its thing given enough time and care. 

Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:14

There is an odour removed product called Neutrogena, comes as a gel in a pot from which you remove the lid - it lasts quite a while and really does remove smells rather than cover them with another one.  A pot of mint is good, it seems to neutralise smells, and is as tough as old boots, assuming you have some degree of light in there.  I would have two or three pots and rotate them as one gets a bit leggy and needs some fresh air, bringing another one in to take over.  A single pot bought can be split to grow two or three plants and this does work - have used it where people are ill - it makes the place smell nice and fresh.  It is possible that sweet leaved geraniums would help too, but they will not be much good in the winter - the one called 'Lady Plymouth' comes to mind, good when gently brushed past but not overwhelming. 

One tip though, ensure that one person only has the care of the plants or they will be watered to death, or so ignored that they die off, but the first is far more common in a communal area. 

Closeboard panels or Lap panels

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:07

If you live in a very windy area, think about fencing with a space between the boards. We replaced our fence a couple of years ago, taking the advice of a good fence repair person to do this, and it was the best advice we had in many a year.  The place in which the fence is had acted as a wind tunnel between us and our neighbours besides keeping all of the sun out of their garden.  Now the wind is broken up and does not swirl and buffet around the plants so much, and our neighbour can grow more plants because they have more light - everyone pleased - though none of it has helped witht the rain, sadly. 

Cotinus cogg

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:46

Yes, slugs are very good climbers, and will do anything to get at your plants, especially hostas which must be like caviar to them!  Long leaves that touch the ground they will climb, walls near the pots they will climb and drop into the pot, I have found them 5 foot up a wall on the way to a hanging basket!  Tape does help as you know, careful siting so less places for them to drop from - you will always I think get some damage but whatever you can do to reduce it is a good thing.  Some people swear by coffee grounds on the top of the pot, where I use sharp grite - not tried it myslef but have often seen it recommended.  Not sure if I want the garden to smell of coffee.

Can tomatoes have two main stems?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:02

Thanks, will leave well alone and see what happens then. 

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