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Problem with my shrubs

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:25

I would think your problem is most likely caused by not enough or uneven watering or wind/frost damage to young leaves.

Make sure you keep your shrubs well watered especially during dry periods throughout the summer and into the autumn to make sure they get off to a good start.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:35

Click on the link below for the RHS website and enter the plant name and you should be able to see a list of suppliers throughout the UK - if we could on this site I would send you just break off a piece and replant it, very easy to propagate. Hope this helps

Advice on a single container please

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 22:27

How about Nandina domestica 'Fire power'. Evergreen, flowers, berries and change of leaf colour. I've had a larger version in a pot for years and it has not neede much attention but still thrives.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:49

Small campanulas, hardy geraniums or alchemilla mollis would be lovely. You may want to deadhead alchemilla as she can self seed but she is beautiful.

tree branch in my pond

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:42

I am assuming that your pond is not raised and flush with the ground.

You will have to create a 'beach' at one end of your pond for easy entry and exit and a shallow area for spawning. You could do this by layering old paving slabs or bricks in a step formation to create a variety of depth at one end. You could finish the effect of either by using natural stones, cobbles and some marginal plants to soften the whole area and make it more interesting. 

Birds will then be able to use your pond for bathing and drinking too.

Depending on how formal your pond is you could chop up the  branch to the side of the pond for something for creatures to hide under.

Hope this helps.

Perennial weeds

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:24

I would have suggested the bucket treatment or maybe an old dustbin or wheelie bin if you have a lot.

Failind that, make sure you site your compost heap in a sunny spot, cover it with thick polythene  to help it sweat and then cover the polythene with carpet to shut out the light and let the whole heap rot down.

Other than that if you are in a rural area, let the weeds dry out a bit and burning them could be an alternative.

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:58

Lots of strings of spawn this morning - 32 toads and counting ... A really wonderful sight. I'll see if I can get some photos tomorrow.

Name that plant/Weed?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:52

It's garlic mustard. Self seeds everywere and smells like garlic when crushed. Easier to remove now as it is quick to flower and then you will have a lot more of it! As nutcutlet says not too difficult to remove.

New Yew hedge, does it need more watering ?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:46

Is the damage on one side of the hedge - might be a prevailing cold wind (we've had a lot of that) or frost damage to the tips? 

What kind of soil are you on? Heavy, clay, free draining?

Also all nutlet's questions are relevant to help establish what the problem is.

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:40

Thanks Sue. Not sure about some of the iris colours...but some lovely roses and clematis.

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