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Can anyone help ID these plants please?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 15:51

The one on the left of the possible Day Lily is a wild euphorbia or spurge commonly regarded as a weed. 

The shrub might be one of the cotoneasters - hard to tell without the leaves. 

Cheese plant trunk snapped in the middle due to lack of support

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 14:27

Georgie, to post a pic click on the little tree icon above where you type your post and follow the instructions 

To feed or not?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 14:26

We don't have cats now but have done in the past.  I've found that there are times of day when the bird feeders are much busier, and I used to make a point of keeping the cats indoors at those times.  It worked fairly well.

As for birds of prey - we have sparrowhawks in the area, but we also get visits from the peregrine falcons that nest on Norwich Cathedral spire - they pick the fat woodpigeons off our roof - sometimes we see it happen!  Amazing! 

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Posted: 03/03/2014 at 13:57

We talked about pruning overgrown hebe here

I think I'm right in saying they're not keen on being cut back hard - take some cuttings!!!

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Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:57

Yes  pull them out and put them in the wheely bin - you'll never get rid of them, but better get them out at this stage - once you've let them seed they'll be everywhere!

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Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:45

If I click on the pics they enlarge - don't they do that for everyone? 

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Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:44

Oh, and those innocent looking little green sprigs behind the aquilegia?  

That's Hairy Bittercress and it's a weed and it spreads like mad so pull them up quickly and don't put them in the compost heap!!! 

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Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:42

In the first pic, the one on the left is a hebe - possibly 'Heartbreaker'.

The one with the raindrops is an aquilegia.

The third could be a hemerocallis aka day lily - but we'll know better when it has it's flowers 

Why won't my Yakushimanum Rhododendrom flower!!!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:56

I'm not a rhodo grower, but if other established shrubs don't flower for me, I give them a watering with soluble potash.

Also, this article has some interesting information - it says that it can take up to 5 years for the Yakushimanum varieties to establish and flower

It also advises not fertilising for the first two years - perhaps you're treating it too kindly - what is it that Gardeners' Question Time Panel often advise? - "a period of benign neglect". 

Hope that's helpful 

Rose pruning

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:53

I've just found this 

I like the clarity of the descriptions 

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