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Over Wintered Dahlias

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 17:05

So if the Dahlias are left out in pots over winter with fleece over them, at what point do you start to water them and take the fleece off - when they start growing and/or the frost has gone away?  This method sounds to be a much better than the one I have been using.  I think I've managed to kill mine from last year! 

Digging out leylandi roots

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:09

Great, thanks.  Digging them up sounds to be much more satisfying

Digging out leylandi roots

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 18:15

Just wondering whether to go to the expense of hiring a mini digger to dig out leylandi roots or whether I would manage with a fork and axe.  Any thoughts/experience in doing this?  I will have cut down the leylandi to about a foot high before attempting the roots.

Laurel hedge

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 20:47

Is it normal for Laurels be flowering at this time of year?

Celandine trouble

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 21:21

Ha ha, I must be doing something right then.  No sunny faces in my garden

Getting Iris Reticulata to flower again

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 20:06

Mine have flowered fine for a second year.  I think you have to feed the bulbs with potash after they've finished flowering.  The third year may be a different story but so far, so good.

Beech hedge

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 20:02

45cm apart.  I planted my new hornbeam hedge as bare roots in November but the plants are available all year around so I don't think it matters too much, except that if you plant them in a dry season you would need to water them fairly often.  

Celandine trouble

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:58

I feel your pain.  Resolva is very effective but it can be a bit tricky if the cellandine is surrounding plants/hedging plants.  Last year I cut my losses and sprayed the whole area, which also killed some plants but this year, it is much better although not completely gone yet.  I've sprayed in between the hedging plants but I think it's a bit risky now that the hornbeam is showing buds.  Personally, I don't think digging it out is very effective because you either have to take a shovel of soil out of the plot or risk missing some of the roots.  In a very long winded way, I think I'm saying, spray wherever/whenever you can and keep fighting the fight.  


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:43

seeds already ordered from Suttons.  I'm not sure what type they are but I'll remember the Calypso variety for next year.


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:46

Ok, I think you'll be safe cutting all the old stuff off then, replace some of the top compost with new stuff and I usually put in some slow release granules cos I'm hopeless at remembering to feed them

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Discussions started by CharleyD

Digging out leylandi roots

Mini digger or just an axe? 
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Can I plant the one I got from Tescos? 
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Thinning out dianthus

Can I do it now? 
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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Habranthus robusta

Any particular difficulties? 
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Creeping buttercup

Best way of getting rid of it 
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Should there be some sign of growth by name? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 20:06

What does this mean?

6 premium plugs (30 plants) 
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Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Will it survive in a north facing position? 
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Last Post: 28/12/2014 at 09:09

Anyone know what this is please?

Flat green rosette plant 
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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 10:26

What to put where

New spring border 
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Last Post: 05/10/2014 at 00:27

Cherry Laurel hedging

How do I get Cherry Laurel to flower and produce berries? 
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 20:14

Growing other plants through clump forming plants

What can I grow? 
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Last Post: 18/08/2014 at 20:17

Gap in my clay border

What can I put in it? 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 19:44


Will they flower this summer 
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Last Post: 19/07/2014 at 17:19

Spring primrose

Still flowering well! 
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