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What are these

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 16:49

Has a similarity to Good King Henry. Not 100% though.

Olive tree

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 18:37

Best done in spring, it'll be growing slowly now due to the weather and you don't want to encourage new growth right now.

How can I deter frogs from my garden (for their own good)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:11

There will be more frogs about than your cat can catch and kill, trust me. I find frogs everywhere in gardens, even found one in a box ball I was trimming the other day. Let nature take it's course.

peony seeds

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 09:44

Peonies need two periods of stratification, ie chilling, so chill twice for best results. This applies to all peonies.

Patio Roses in Containers

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:43

Jan, roses go dry at the roots very quickly, they're gross feeders so the top of the compost really is no guide at all. Soak them weekly, 2 gallons and let it run through. Right now the second flushes are coming through on most roses and the water will help them through it.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:39

I use ordinary MPC, nothing fancy. Sometimes add grit if it's suggested on the packet, or I sow direct into the soil. It really depends on what seed your'e sowing.

shrub rose

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:37

General rule of thumb is to cut back by half, but some shrub roses need more, it depends on the variety and how vigorous it is. A pic may clarify things.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:34

Pansyface is 99% correct Uptomeneck. You have two good stems left and treat them as described. Everything else has to come off, starting with the dead. The last stem you need to cut is the thick woody stem on the left and you don't do that till February/early March. You then get ruthless with it and take it out completely just above the point where it leaves the base of the rose. As the year progresses, you'll get a new red stem/s appearing from the base of the rose, and that will be the start of a new leader. You leave it grow, don't be tempted to bend it as they snap easily, as it turns from red to  green then you can think of tying it in. It looks like a climber of some sort and will need some trellis behind it. Fit that after you've taken out the thick stem, then when new growth starts in spring you can tie in as it grows.

Leylandii Probelm

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:18

Firstly it's die back. No real solution for it, however, your'e not cutting the hedge properly, if it's you that's cutting it. Hedges need to be wider at the base than the top, so it's the wrong way round. If you let the bottom grow over the next year, outwards, the new growth will hide the die back. I wouldn't touch that hedge till next Autumn to let it fill out and then cut it as described. Fir hedges especially need this type of cut. I'd feed the hedge in spring with Fish bone and blood, water it in well then leave it alone. It will grow back and hopefully you'll get enough growth to hide the die back. When you do cut it, make it a light trim in the first instance, then stand back and assess the look of it. Never cut back hard as you'll just create more die back.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:26

Blue onion is right really depends on how big your garden is. I have a medium to large garden and get plenty of stuff from greens to browns to put in them, plus i compost the neighbours grass clippings so I have 2 1mx1m wooden bins made from pallets. If you only have a small garden go with a dalek type bin they're light and when you do need to turn then they're easily refilled and emptied. You can compost kitchen waste (uncooked veg or fruit, peelings etc, no citrus though) grass clippings and woody stems from perennials, old newspaper, cardboard, anything natural really and it soon breaks down.

Yes you can put annual weeds in a composter leaves as well, but it depends how many you have, scale is everything when composting, you need to accommodate what create. You can build  a seperate bin for leaves, and that's a different process and style of bin, but again it takes space.

There is a compost thread on here somewhere, hopefully someone will find it for you and put in a link.

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Shrub ID please

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Shrub ID please

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Shrub/Tree ID please

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Uploading pics

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Any idea's as to what this is?

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Plant ID please

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plant ID

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Cut down Perennial Poppy?

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Shrub ID

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Uploading pics

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PM for Artjak Compost advice

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Plant ID's please

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