Latest posts by chrissieB

Killing Buddleja

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:31

are you worried about the weedskiller spelling into the plants below? If you use the gel form of glyphosate I would have thought you would be ok. I don't know how big your buddleja is but could you put a large bag over the branches/part that you paint with gel to catch any drips? 

Altrnativeply cover the plants below with something while you are putting the stuff on. If is high you won't be able to spray from the ground as it won't reach and it will all fall back onto your face. Nut cutlet is right this is a job for a ladder as you will need to get the thing completely out and repair the damage as that will also help prevent anything else taking root. It will also allow you to check if there are any other buddleja seedlings taking hold.

Good luck

Plant ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 15:58

It is isn't it and has been so different at each stage

Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:49

Thanks Obelix, think I may be spoilt for choice  : )

Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:03

Thanks Ladybird

Another Plant ID please

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:19

It was very pretty, Ladybird4. I did think an ID might be long shot but would love to know what it is. Rosa villosa might be a good candidate.

Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:43


We visited a local GC yesterday and saw this plant beginning to show the most fabulous autumn colour. I am very tempted as I do like Hammamelis and but does anyone know how good Arnold Promise is for scent? Or can recommend one with excellent scent?

In my experience visiting gardens they can vary dramatically and if I do make space one, I want as scented a one as possible.

Thanks x

Another Plant ID please

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:23


Another Unknown variety from our new garden, this time a rose. Was smothered in flowers in May/June - pale pink and with a lovely delicate look of silk/tissue paper. No noticeable scent and only the one flush of flowers although it lasted some weeks.

No obvious hips forming but the new whippy growth has lovely colours with a pink/purple tinge to the stem. It's a small shrub about 1m/3ft high and wide but sent out some whippy new growth easily 45cm/18" long. Happy in a shady spot under an apple tree.

The roses we have identified have all been old rose varieties so this could be of the same stable but we cannot identify which one?

Plant ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:17


Does anyone know what cultivar this hydrangea is. The flowers were pale green/white buds initially and the colour has intensified as they open from pale blue to darker blue/purple. It has probably been in the garden for some time so will be an older variety.

Is also tough as old boots as in very narrow border in complete shade backed by a lilac hedge and beech tree so bone dry and only needed to water it once during all our hot weather this summer.

thanks x

garden topiary buddha

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 15:38

I hadn't thought of starting with a cone, think I will do that with my yew and then see what inspiration strikes, thanks Paula

Signs that Autumn is upon us

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 09:00

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it feels exactly like late summer and we have had lots of lovely summer weather lately.

Signs of late summer for me are the light gradually becoming more golden and spiders webs beggining to appear everywhere and lovely warm and earlier twilights for watching the bats

Discussions started by chrissieB

Medlar novice

Welcome advice on bletting and recipe ideas 
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Do I need both? 
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Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

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Another Plant ID please

Name this rose 
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Plant ID

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Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Two questions 
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Phlox ID

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Are they any good?

Compost aerators 
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Tree ID please

Young tree 
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Is it worth the risk?

Disentangling rambling rose and honeysuckle  
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Moving Viburnum opulus

Advice on timing and cutting back 
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Greenhouse base question

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Garlic rust and tulips?

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Storing seed and poor germination

Could this be the cause 
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