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Balling syndrome

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:30

Glad others feels the same way. I can vaguely understand it in car parks and industrial sites/business parks as the try to keep costs down, but I regularly see this in front gardens. My other gripe is territorial pruning. "Plants are not allowed to be touching". Since when is this common practice. Surely people should just look at mature height and spread on a plant rather than plant a Choisya 2ft away from the next plant when planting out a bed. 

Canna storage

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:17

Just bumping this up as I've hads no replies. 

Balling syndrome

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 09:26

Why do I see so many plants "balled" up when I walk or drive places? Plants like Philadelphus, Weigela, Physocarpus, Viaburnum bodnantense, etc. They turn into huge balls of foliage with little or no flowers. I actually find it easier removing 1 in 4 or however many it should be from the base of the plant, rather than hedgecutting or shearing it. I'd never cut a Wisteria with a hedgecutter, so why a Philadelphus. Grinds my gears. 

Gardeners world

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 09:15

Parts inspire me, others don't. But I guess it got to appeal to a wide range of people. The Echinacea's the other week were incredible. I think there needs to be more on the correct pruning techniques of shrubs and I see many a Philadelphus trimmed into a ball. I salute the show though, for trying to cram the entire world of gardening knowledge into about 20 hours a year...

Canna storage

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 08:56

I'd just like to ask for everyone's personal methods for overwintering cannas. I've read of several methods, RHS, Monty etc. 

Im just looking for a method that has the highest success rate, preferably 100%! 



Posted: 11/07/2013 at 06:58

As beautiful this time if year is with all the flowers and the enjoyable pruning that occurs, it is almost my most hated time of year. This is all due to those sinister horseflys. I am currently winning the battle 15 - 1, but that one bites has caused me problems.

Has anybody got any stories, cures or remedies they would like to share? 

Plant ID

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 06:51

A friend asked me what this is? I was stumped. Any ideas?

Thought it could be a Eleagnus Quiksilver but this has two leaves that grow from one node, a bit like a Ligustrum does. Please help.



vine weevil ambush

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 06:34

But will that stop the grubs eating the roots?

Expensive Monkey Tree going brown at the edges...

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 05:53

There's always the chance it could be honey fungus. Are there any stumps nearby? And what are the other plants that are nearby?

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:18

Berberis julianae? Mahonia x media? Cortaderia? See a theme delveloping? 

I also hate pruning Rhytido's but don't have to do it too often. Also hate cutting back ivy on walls for the same reason. 

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