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Rampant passionflower

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 19:06

I have a passionflower growing up through a tree which usually has it's foliage damaged in the frosts, so therefore stays a decent size. This year with all the warm winter weather it has gone mad! I have shots of it coming up all over the place, some even 6ft away from the main plant. It's even coming up between the slabs which form the path in my greenhouse. I don't want to damage the plant but wonder how I can keep it in check a bit.

choisya pruning

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:28

I moved my choisya at the end of summer last year and it has settled down well in the new position. I've noticed lots of new growth at the end of almost bare stems (nearly 3ft long) and as they look straggly I wondered if I should cut them down to about a foot to get them to bush out a bit. It has just finished flowering, so I  guess this is the best time to do it.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 14:04

I understand what Mike says. A packet of seeds is just a drop in the ocean-no pun intended. It's practical help these poor people will need to get homes in order  first and foremost. Yes I agree , I would be devastated to lose all my plants and have a ruined garden, but I would be tempted to wait and see what survives. My guess is that in some of these areas they have been used to mild flooding most winters so they probably tend to grow bog type plants that like their roots in the wet. I suppose it all depends on the length of time they are under water. 7 or 8 weeks so far and no sign of the relief of dry weather yet.

I'm all for sending plants when the time is right, but I think we are rather early making plans, as the drying out will take months, not weeks. Though it's a lovely idea, and is good to see us gardeners helping one another in their time of need.

Bay tree discolouration

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 10:46

Yes it's outside in a pot with good drainage. In the early years I used to put it in a cold greenhouse through the winter, but now that it's bigger I leave it out. It seemed to thrive last year outside even with the bad weather, and even had little flowers on for the first time. I really don't want to lose it as I've grown it from a 20p  4 inch cutting from a car boot.!

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:44

I have a Polish Spirit clematis and usually prune early March down to about 6 inches from the ground. This year due to the mild weather it has already started to shoot high up on the trellis. Is it a good time to prune it now or still too early? As there is so much growth it seems a shame to cut it all off. ( some shoots already 3 inches long).

Bay tree discolouration

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:38

The edges of the leaves on m Bay ball have turned yellow. I re-potted it last summer using a mixture of multi purpose compost and some home made compost. I'm wondering what I've done wrong. Any ideas?

Talkback: Valerian

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:54

It's pretty and yes the insects love it but it  can take over a bit can't it? The roots are big fleshy things and a job to get rid of. Millions of seedlings as well, so a bit of management required!

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:38

I have 3 dalek bins on the go. One being filled, a full one 'working' and one ready for use. A mix of everything is the secret. Fruit and veg peelings, shredded paper & cardboard, hair ( from hubbies haircuts), contents of hoover/carpet sweeper as well as the lawn cuttings/plant bits. I don't stir it up much as it's difficult as I'm not very tall. But if you ensure that there's layers of brown and green stuff, this shouldn't be a problem. Lots of advice on websites for 'New composters'. 

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:18

I'm desperate about the floods in my garden. Every border is full to the lawn level, walking on  the lawn is like walking on a bowl of blancmange. (Not that I've ever done that you understand!) Also there's puddles of standing water on parts of the lawn, so that I can't even do anything out there. Although we are at the top of a hill, the hill is made up of London clay. Great for holding the moisture in the summer but disastrous after so much rain, with more to come. I know I'm not as unfortunate as those folks in Somerset, but I really don't want to lose all my lovely plants.

Pink Viburnum Tinus

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 21:51

I think it must be the Gwenllian  as it's very pink. Many thanks everyone

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Bay tree discolouration

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