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Clematis called john paul

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:31

How long have you had the plant and how big is it? Have you fed it and with what?

Pond Construction

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:29

I have created a similar pond to yours. It has been very successful and I have frogs, toads and newts.

I have had a few problems therefore maybe a few tips for you to think about or look out for: topping up the pond with only rain water has been a challenge. I now have 3 water butts to help with this in summer. About 25% of the sides of my pond bleed into grass and other plants on the bank and although it looks really natural and is well used my birds and mammals for access to the pond it does absorb quite a lot of water.

Blanket weed has also been a problem - common to most ponds at one time or another. This year I have followed Monty's advice and stuffed a leg of a pair of tights with barley straw (50g per square metre of surface of the pond), secured the other leg under a stone at the edge of the pond under foliage and am letting it rot down. It seems to be doing its thing!

The only other thing I would say is if you know someone with a pond, approach them about having some plants. Pond plants can be expensive - I don't know why as they all grow at a terrific rate and need splitting, cut back or pulled out on a regular basis. 

Hope this is useful to you. Good luck with your pond - make it as big as you can because once you start putting in plants and the edging grows - it seems that it shrinks!

Chelsea tickets....when?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 22:04

I think they usually go on sale towards the end of the year. Contact the RHS or keep an eye on their web site for the latest info.

Pond Construction

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 21:49

Most of the shallow areas should be less than 50cm deep to allow for marginals and invertebrates to thrive.The deep area should be about 1m in order for frogs etc to over winter successfully. The deeper water is also good for a water lily to grow in.

Tree Tomato - any tips?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 21:27

Hi Swiss Sue, Thanks for the link. I have read it and it confirms most of what I knew except for feeding appears to be needed and it is not a tomato at all!

Tree Tomato - any tips?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 18:50

I have been given a small tomato plant and been told it is a tomato tree. I grow my tomatoes in my green house and thought I would treat it the same way as my Gardener Delight plants. From what I have read, it is a perennial that fruits late - in autumn and will need frost protection. Any tips or any thing else I should know about a tomato tree? Thanks.

Does anyone know the name of this tree please?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 18:37

Looks like a Sumac tree.


advice please

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:46

I also suffer with this affliction. I find bargain corners completely irresistible. I have tried chocolate as I was told this was good for the problem and am continuing with this medicine as there are no side effects except for maybe... some new clothes shopping! 

advice please

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 09:55

I don't protect mine at all (essex) but probably if they are small plants they may need protection. Saw the following info which I thought might be useful.

Arum Lily Problems

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:12

This sounds to me to not be Arum lilies - Zantedeschia but probably Arum maculatum - commonly  known as Lords and Ladies or cuckoo pint.(have a look at google images)The flower shape is similar to arum lilies but they are completely different plants. They are a British wild flower which can become a troublesome weed. Lords and ladies are prolific spreaders and can take over places. I would think glysophate is the best way to get rid of them. Let the leaves grow, remove by hand any flower spikes(to prevent seeding) and zap the leaves on a still day ensuring the spray does not hit surrounding plants - you may have to bruise the leaves first as they have a waxy coating which will prevent the chemical being absorbed!.

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