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Salix Kilmarnock

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 19:24

By chance I was reading a blog about your very problem. It gave very comprehensive instructions on how to prune this shrub/tree when the branches start trailing on the ground.

Take a look at

Moving a Daphne

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 22:27

I was given a small Daphne bholua (about 80cm) that sulked for 4 years, hardly putting on any growth at all. I moved it about a metre and in the first year there were lots of 10cm long shoots. This year it's already on the move.

Maybe it was the handful of lime in the watering I used to water it in.

Question about alstromeria

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:18

Aelstromeria are very hardy after they have been established for a couple of years. For the first winter, and probably the second, they need a good covering (6 inches) of bark mulch.

See Viv Marsh Postal Plants for advice on Alstroemeria. 


Posted: 19/10/2016 at 11:40

I've bought primroses and bulbs from them several times over the last few years without having any problems.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:14

I planted 50 of these at 1m spacing back in April 2012. (Nursery closing down, very cheap) in very heavy clay soil which is usually saturated in the winter. They are now about 1.30m tall and wide; I have not pruned or coppiced them at all because I didn't think they were strong enough but they are now good healthy shrubs.

Side lit in a low winter sun they are spectacular for months on end. I think they are the most rewarding plants I have ever planted. Much better than some Sibirica and Scarlet Willow I also have for winter effect. And underplanting with snowdrops is the icing on the cake.


Posted: 05/10/2016 at 13:57

After a few years mine seem to have several flowers for each bulb that I planted. Whether that's several from the one bulb, or the original bulb has produced offsets  (as daffodils do) I don't know. 

They're Camassia leichtlinii Caerulea,  and they love it in my heavy clay, saturated in winter, wild flower meadow.

Bare root wallflowers

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 16:53

Last year I was let down by one supplier who sent me some plants which should never have pased quality control for dispatch to customers.

So this year I asked my local garden centre (Diamond)  if I could order some bare root wallflowers  in advance. They said no. I said I wanted 140. So they changed their minds. I am now expecting an email this month telling me that they're available for collectio.

We shall see.

Poor fruit tree crop

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:14

I'm in Flintshire on havy clay soil.

My apples are looking good, my green gage just about OK and a medlar very good. 

But my Victoria plum has had very few fruits; we had the wettest winter for 10 years, no particular events but well above average rain for every month from November to April. I'm told that Victoria's don't like it too wet.

I had no fruit at all on two pear trees despite a reasonable show of flowers. My quince also flowered fairly well, but I only have one fruit.

At Tatton, I asked the the lady from the RHS about it and she thought it was down to lack of feeding. 

So that's what I will do next March

Hardy Chrysanthemums

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:06
When I said overwintering, I meant to say left outside in the ground

Hardy Chrysanthemums

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:41
The October issue of The Garden lists many varieties of Hardy Chrysanthemums, yet when I looked one up that took my fancy (Bronze Elegance) on Gardeners World web site it was described as half hardy. What varieties have members overwinted over the last few years - not just last year which was unusually mild.
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