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Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:31

Peony seeds need 2 periods of chilling before they'll germinate, so stick them in the freezer for a week, remove for a week then re freeze for a week then into compost. The trouble with them is the seeds on offer are usually too dry to germinate. It doesn't matter what sort of peony they are,tree or herbaceous they still need the same treatment. If you can get hold of fresh seed you'll have a higher success rate, but it's not often available. Best of luck.

Water voles

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:39

Excellent news nut, british wildlife survey will be interested in that. I remember when they were everywhere till the wildlife terrorists caused their demise and released the mink.

A few more plant ID's please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:37

Oh well I'll have a stab at euonymous microphyllus.

A few more plant ID's please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:04

Think the second is one of the escallonia's, sure nut will tell you the first.

Tree / shrub id

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:02

Looks like a Rhus. Leaves are wrong for mimosa.

Same old story

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:00

I spot treat the vulnerable with slug clear. Not environmentally perfect but it works and I'd rather see a delphinium and bugger the slugs! They do have a sacrificial patch in a corner though, so I don't hate them completely.

More coal than soil

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 10:52

I don't think you have any other option than to dig it out completely. Coal won't support life of almost any kind other than scrubby stuff.

more help needed please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 10:49

I'd harden them off for a week outside, then plant them out. I't highly unlikely we'll have any frost now, unless your'e way up north. Then you can plant them in the ground.


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:11

Best time to take cuttings is after flowering if it's an early variety, or now for a late flowering variety.

Dying Comos

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 14:43

It's probably a combination of factors Jennifer. Watering from above isn't a good idea in a greenhouse, plus the heat and maybe no shade. Sometimes if plants are in a GH a crust forms on the compost and water won't adequately penetrate, which means the plants dry out, then furious watering compounds the problems. Always water from underneath, shade the GH and plants and ventilate  the greenhouse on hot days and very bright days.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

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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Two ID's please

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Colder weather is coming!

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Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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