chrissieB


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Struggling Silver Birch

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:52

Hi Gemma


we have had very dry weather so maybe they were struggling and have dropped their leaves early to protect themselves. New trees need regular watering for the first season or two to help them get established.


Give them a good watering now and continue to do so if we have any prolonged dry periods Autumn/winter and I am sure they will be ok. 


Also are they planted in a lawn? developers seem to always do that. If so, I would remove the grass around the base of the trees so that they have a clear ring of about 1m diameter. This will reduce competition and help them get established. Putting a mulch on the cleared area will also help improve the soil and reduce moisture loss - give them a good water before applying the mulch.


good luck

Phlox ID

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:43

Hi Chicky, have just been looking at David and I think you might be right. I looked up White Admiral but think his flowers are bigger - although it's difficult to get a sense of size as nurseries always seem to concentrate on very close up photos of the flowers.


I will have a look at Danielle as well, am definitely been won over to Phlox if they look like the one I have. I am going to have a go at some root cuttings this winter but would like to know what he is in case I don't have any success at homegrown.

Are they any good?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:39

LOL Aym280


Yes, am thinking how to better organise our compost area, Fidgetbones. We only moved in recently so the compost bins were just quickly put in what seemed to be the best place, but may combine a turning them with a relocation.

Hiding a bare leylandi hedge

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:09

I suppose I meant lost in that you would be loose the display you had created and the main source of support for them rather than necessarily the plants themselves

Hiding a bare leylandi hedge

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 08:51

I would be wary of using your neighbours Leylandii as the support for ramblers and clematis. They may npot be happy with any growth that comes into their garden but also you would lose your plants if they did decide to take the Leylandii down. Rambling rector is a monster and will easily grow 10ft or more of long whipped growth so you would need to be able to regularly climb up to tie it in. The Montana clematis are easier to control but I wouldn't use it unless your garden is the sunnier of the two and is it will always head for the sun so your neighbours may get the flowers. I love both these p,ants but have learnt from experience that they need to be managed and in the right place ( for them and for you to get easy access)

Are they any good?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 08:36

sometimes I think my iPad must be spell checking someone else's typing? I don't know how wondering can be translated as indexing... 

Are they any good?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 08:35

Thanks for the replies Dave, Watery. I was indexing if they reallly made things easier so will save my money and stick to and old stick and garden fork. And I agree, having tried to stir it regularly in situ it is easier just to take it out and out it back in again.


Happy composting x

Frog traps

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 08:29

We found an old fashioned dustbin at the bottom of our new garden with about 2 inches of water in the bottom and several frogs. They appear to get easily in and out without difficulty as by the time I had found a piece of wood long enough to act as a ladder they had moved on. It's ibviously a regular visiting spot as they seem to come and go with ease - must be about 3ft deep 

Phlox ID

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 08:17

Thanks Ladybird, I'll look him up. It is pretty isn't it. I haven't grown phlox before as haven't really been interested in them, this was already in our new garden and has converted me 😊

Phlox ID

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 14:30

Whoops would help if I had remembered to attach the photo ..


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