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Plants by post

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 08:44

What about Claire Austin, Beth Chatto or Hardy Perennial? I haven't used them but have heard good reports from those that have.


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 08:40

I dug up and moved a very old and very large peony lasts Autumn. It was growing well for foliage but no flowers and was in too shady a spot.. It fell apart when I moved it so I ended up with about 8 pieces - it was huge- all have come up this year and four have flowered. Some of the pieces were quite small and I suspect these are the ones that haven't had any flower, so confident for next year.

just be careful not too plant it too deeply as that will stop it flowering.

(when I moved it, it was Autumn but it was still in full leaf)

Is it worth planting a weak clematis (Perle d'Azur, Group 3)

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 21:39

Do as Obelix advises. I bought two very poor specimens from the end of season section in a local gc last summer. They are looking great this year and one is smothered in flowers. I only risked it because they were so cheap but a bit of tlc and nurturing can makeall the difference.

Reducing size of Walnut tree.

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 08:26

Having started to look into a similar issue for my MIL, then you would potentially be liable for any damage via your household insurance. Why not get a tree surgeon in to advise on the health of the tree and a quote what could/needs to be done - they will usually do this assessment and quote for free.

Walnuts are such lovely trees and reducing its height could llok odd. A decent tree surgeon should be able to reduce the canopy and remove any weak branches and stil leave you with a good looking tree - assuming it is god looking of course : )

Is it worth waiting

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:33

Yes also agree conditions make a difference And I have found that some roses seem more scented at different times of the day. We were disappointed that a lovely climbing rose in our new garden wasn't scented and lo and behold this year it is! All we can assume is that having rescused it from a mass of brambles and surrounding 15 foot samplings the additional light and warmth is bringing out the scent.

Cracked terracotta urn

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:24

Nit quite the same problem but we had a crack in a old bird bath with sentimental value, hubby used a clear silicon gel sealant from a diy store - the type for sealing gaps around window frames or pretty much alsorts of jobs  etc. Has stopped it leaking and he has only redone it once in about 6+ years so seems to be pretty frost resistant too.

Shady balcony planting

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:50

Quite a few clematis are happy in shade - the Taylor's website is good for searching for specific aspect, colour, characteristics etc.

Help/ advice - Disease

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:47

Hi Craig, am not sure which bit you are worried about? They seem to have lichen on the branches but that's doesn't do the plant any harm?

Sorry if I am just been a bit dim...

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:26

You can get organic products by ecopond which do the job and don't dye the water  So you can still watch the wildlife an plant growth - too much algae suggest more oxygenators are needed.

Babies nappies in compost

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:04

Why not use newspaper and save putting it in your recycling bin? I've done this before in pots alongwith lining them with old plastic bags as per Fairygirls suggestion. I also move any pots into a shadier spot I feel I am going to be away.

Disposable nappies take decades to decay and are very environmentally unfriendly So I would hate to think we were finding another use for them.

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