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Catherine Joyce

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Plant ID

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 14:36

Fidgetbones, thank you, I'm sure that's it.  I certainly have a lot of shady borders.

Plant ID

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 10:47

I have loads of this in my garden, some here and there and a big clump of it under my Choisya.  I'm assuming its a weed and would like to know its name, just out of curiosity as I go about getting rid of it in the next few days.



Rose ID

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 10:42

I have found this rose growing up the side of the house, when overgrown brambles were cut back.

Its a white (slightly pinkish tinge) climber and scented. 

Does anyone have any idea of its name?


I'm sorry, I have abused my Bramley apple...

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:05


Please be gentle with me - I'm a novice gardener, on a very steep learning curve, which I often fall off...

I aquired an old Bramley tree in the garden of my new house, and took some (possibly rather poor) advice from a friend to prune it hard.  I did so in January 2013 and, of course, it threw up a lot of watershoots....

I read (in desperation) that you could summer prune the watershoots and control the size of the tree that way and get it back to how it should be.  Is that right? If so when in summer (mid June or later?) and how? 

The apple is in blossom (in the older branches) now.

Many thanks

Help making feed for plants

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:29


Just popping in to say that I have comfrey in my garden, its flowering at the moment and the bees just love it.  If you are collecting wild stuff, it might be best to wait till flowering is over so the bees can benefit first.

I will be harvesting mine for plant feed then - I have both a plastic and galvanised metal dustbin available. Which would be best?  Do I put water in first or after they have died down?


What to put in cleared terrace border?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:03


A few weeks ago I asked advice about a nasty overgrown and suckered rose bed/escallonia hedge, and the advice from all you lovely gardening people was to rip it all out and start again.  And now it is done..

 As you can see its a border on our upper garden terrace, either side of some stone steps down to the lower levels.  The border faces north (we are on the coast of North Somerset) and is close to the house so it doens't get a huge amount of sun.  The soil is good (probably slightly alkaline).  The space is 1m2 to the right of the steps and 1m x3m long on the left side.

As its a terrace border, it needs to look good from both sides.  I don't want anything too high (max 60cm or so) so we can get a nice view down the garden. 

The rest of the garden is filled with cottage favourites and lots of roses.  There are already 5 other roses around the lawn on that level of terrace, as well as fennel, leucathemum,   felicia petiolata and veronica cantiana (I think - I have plan from the previous owner, but am still a novice..)

I was thinking of something matching and evergreen either side of the steps for symmetry, and would also like something to cascade over the wall of the terrace to the level below (but wonder what bearing in mind the north aspect), as well as some nice perennials for colour.

But now am faced with big empty hole and rather intimidated by it, so would appreciate all advice.

Many thanks

Rose Suckers Taking Over

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 09:37


Thanks for the replies.  I didn't plant the roses - I inherited the garden 2 years ago, and was left a plan, so I know what most plants are.

The things that are causing the problem are little thorny spikes which stick straight up from the ground around the roses and stretch about 2 metres away from it too,   They are about 1m tall, hence why you can hardly see the escallonia.  The spikey things don't flower.

Pulling or cutting out the suckers is going to be really tricky as they are all mixed in with the three escallonia shrubs (and their roots) planted in between. 

The garden got a bit much for the previous owner, and its been rather neglected - its taken me 2 years of clearing other overgrown areas before getting to this bit - its now its turn for attention at last. 


Rose Suckers Taking Over

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 20:33


I have a border with two Blanc Double de Coubert roses with several Escallonia Peach Blossom in between.  The roses have suckered terribly and completely smothered the Escallonia and generally made the border look spikey and dreadful.

I'm wondering if the whole border needs to come out, including the roses?, They flower pretty well and smell heavenly, but the suckers make the border look a terrible state.

Any ideas? Thanks

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 12:59

Hi all

Many thanks for your lovely replies.

I like the sound of the callicarpa, the Red Cascade and the colchicums. 

We've recently moved to our forever house (and garden) hence the wait to plant something.  I feel the need to plant something in the ground to mark him permanently with us (the psychology of bereavement is a strange thing), and I really, really hope we won't be moving again, ever!

Now I just need to find the best spot in the garden for your suggestions to make the final choice.

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 12:31

I would like to plant something in my garden in memory of my son, who lived only briefly in November 05. 

What kind of shrub would be looking nice at that time of year?  Is doesn't necessarily have to be flowering, as looking gloriously autumnal in leaf would be just as appropriate.

Any ideas welcome.

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Discussions started by Catherine Joyce

Plant ID

Its a weed, isn't it? 
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Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 20:07

Rose ID

Climbing rose 
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Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 21:26

I'm sorry, I have abused my Bramley apple...

Summer pruning? 
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Last Post: 01/05/2014 at 11:28

What to put in cleared terrace border?

Cottage garden style? 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 12:05

Rose Suckers Taking Over

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Last Post: 26/01/2014 at 10:08

Something which looks nice in November

In memory of my son 
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Last Post: 09/10/2013 at 14:02

Blueberries - where and when?

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Last Post: 19/09/2013 at 12:36

Gardening Mentor?

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Last Post: 24/04/2013 at 17:17

Choisya and Myrtle Looking Poorly

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Last Post: 24/04/2013 at 11:47

Pruning (or worse) a Myrtle Communis

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