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Trouble with my shrub

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:07

Looks like Viburnham Tinus, with case of viburnham beetle. As I remember treat with Provado Ultimate bug killer

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:04

Well done sara.

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:03

Christine, sow in trays or pots outside, as for some saying they won't survive the winter that's not strictly true. If they are potted on as soon as you get the first set of true leaves and into 9cm pots, fed and cared for they do survive in a cold frame or even covered with fleece outside.  As long as you don't neglect them you'll keep 90% of what you sow now. If we get a long summer and a good September it's surprising how many will establish in the ground let alone in pots and cossetted and if your'e raising quite  few as I do, to loose a few is no big deal, and hugely cheaper than buying them commercially. 

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:37

Try sowing lupins, sweet william, hollyhocks salvia's anything biennial now. They germinate quickly and if grown on can be planted in September to flower next year.

Plant suggestions? full sun summer/full shade winter

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 21:32

Try Cistus, I have a similar situation in my garden and they cope very well with it. It's often more to with the drainage a plant gets in winter than the sun it gets. English lavenders will do well as will rosemary. Achillea some hardy fuchsia will cope, hawkshead in particular, penstemon will cope as will helianthemums  As I said, drainage is often more important than the direct sunlight.

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:23

I do know what you mean. Personally I like a bit of chaos in a garden with things spilling over and really over planted. Some of the gardens I see Alan Titchmarsh create in Love your Garden are too organised. I prefer the cottage garden style with plants being given free reign to mingle and sometimes clash. A little bit of theme goes well, but I find planting for wildlife, bees, butterflies, moths etc favours this style. Formal gardens even though they have their merits bore me.

Gardening however is all about personality, and differing styles suit different people who each have different idea's, that's what makes gardening for a living so interesting for me personally. I get to work in different environments and take idea's or leave them as I please, or see different plants which I can  introduce to my garden.

We all have differing idea's and differing styles, so gardens are a personal choice, and what suits you dominoman is your choice, design or no design do what you want, you have to live with it and although some in positions of 'garden style influence' may scoff or look down their nose at your personal style who cares. It's your garden, do what you want with it.

Wisteria help please

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:10

Let the leader grow to the top of the wire frame firstly. When it reaches the top nip it out and tie in all the way up. The leader will thicken over time. You will get side shoots developing, so take the one's closest to your wires and tie them in. Any shoots which are extra or out of place cut out completely. You won't get too much side growth till the leader is pinched out and initially pruning will be minimal, it's more about developing the framework and tying in side shoots to the frame. You won't need to really prune the side shoots till they reach the edge of your framework, you want them to cover the framework as soon as possible. 

You can prune straggly shoots back to three leaf axils from the main stem, which encourages bushy growth, but the main job is to cover the frame, which depending on conditions can take a few seasons. So pruning now should be the last job you tackle. Tie in as it grows and only start stopping when you reach the edges of your framework. You won't get many flowers in the first few years, training Wisteria is about patience initially.

plant ID

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 18:09

Just glad I didn't plant it where she wanted me to plant it!

Wisteria help please

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 18:06

You tie the leading stem in a straight line vertically a first Steve giving a main stem. When you reach your desired height, you cut the tip off the leading stem which will encourage side shoots to develop. You train the side shoots to the vertical wires, till you achieve the desired shape. It will take a few years to get to where you want it and the pruning regime is a twice yearly affair and quite simple.

plant ID

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:49

Nut you saviour !  My client said it only reached 3ft apparently it gets to 2.5metre's!

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