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Latest posts by chrissieB

cornus dogwood

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:05

They can grow quite tall depending on how often you cut them back. But most need sun to get the best colour on their stems, I think there are some which don't mind dappled shade but you are bast doing some research first As other than their stems most are not very exciting for most of the year.

Do bulbs have a use by date?

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:03

I agree plant them now, they might be a bit confused and come up this year probably too late to get any flowers but should "right" themselves by next year. As long as the bulbs feel firm they should be fine and you will have a bargain Display next summer. Remember though that pending on where you live freesias have to be lifted over winter or at least have a good protective covering of mulch.

My white pom pom tree has turned pink??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 07:59

From my experience you do sometimes get mixed white and pink flowers on the roseum. I have read that acidic soil can make them more pink but am not sure whether that is an old wives tale or based on fact. If they have always being white previously I would just assume that this is temporary although you may have to accept that the bushes aren't reliably white in future

Pyracantha no flowers

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:54

where is it planted, it may be that it doesn't get enough sun to flower and this year the weathervmay have compounded the problem?

Also a feed high in potassium will help encourage flowering (potash). On the positive side it may be that is has concentrated on setting dowtwits roots this last year and will reward you by flowering its socks off next year. If it looks healthy this may well be what it's being doing, I sometimes find that shrubs bought in flower then rest the next year causing me too worry only to restart the next.

Hogweed in my meadow

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:39

I know it would be a real chore but could you use a contact weed killer rather than a spray  to make sure you only get the hogweed. Also cutting off the flower heads before they set seed wil help, if cutting the roots exacerbates this problem then doing this to prevent seeding may be the better option?

Clematis from seed

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:34


i think it can take up to three years before they might flower. If the parent was a hybrid or one of the large flowering cultivar it might be reluctant to flower at all but if it does it can be quite exciting as it there is a strong possibility that it will be different from the parent.

will keep my fingers crossed that you get some flowers soon 

Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:21

Thanks for the warning!

i haven't ever used them as they look messy was wondering whether to give it a try this year.....maybe not

Black flies/Aphids on my very tall cherry tree

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:18

Don't panic!

These may be cherry black fly and if so it's cherries they go for. The link below is to some info on the RHS site

Honeysuckle - white powder on leaves

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:15

If you don't want to spray just tidy up the old leaves and water well. it will also be worth trying to improve the soils ability for water retention and making sure that the plant is fed so that it is healthy and able to resist infection. Am guessing its in a pot if you are on a roof terrace. It may be worth you investigating the various water retaining gels that are available  and mixing some into the compost. Also a mulch on top of the soil to help prevent evaporation will help - fine gravel will work well and looks tidy. Ithe mildew looks unsightly but if you look after the plant it won't dramatically affect its health.


Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:10

That was supposed to say grass cuttings. I seem to be having some strange typos with my iPad. Maybe it's the heat affecting it or me......or maybe both?


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