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Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:52

That's the country cottage 

Maiden fruit tree

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:51

I'm sure I've seen 4 tiers - but it'll take a good long while to get there - my pear is still at the one tier stage .... good luck 

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:49

My children have called me Miss Marple for years 

Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:47
Lyn Plant-Wells wrote (see)

Apologies if this is the wrong 'department.'  

I am a novice gardener and need some advice re pruning my Hankey Pankey - planted the year before last.  It is about 4' tall and had a few nice blooms last Summer but I think it could probably do better as I am sure it hasn't been pruned properly .

On YouTube someone suggested pruning each stem above the 7th bud from the base, after removing any dead/damaged stems. Is this good advice?  There are lots of shoots and one or two buds - I am nervous about cutting these off!  Help!

Many thanks for any advice.

That video sounds the right way to go about it - prune to an outward facing bud and make a sloping cut just above the bud. 

My aster looks ill :(

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:33

I cut perennial asters right back in late winter - I presume the leaves that are black are last year's growth?  

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:16
punkdoc wrote (see)

Dove, I was only being mischievous ....

So I would hope Doc  - I'm sure he's a very nice man, but I find fewer celeb gardeners more irritating than DG, and for an Irishman to have so much difficulty in talking intelligibly is surely a contradiction in terms 

As for Sophie Raworth - I think the idea is that they need someone very used to live broadcasting - all sorts of things can go wrong and no matter how experienced someone is to recording a programme, coping on live tv when something unexpected happens needs someone with real skill and experience - a safe pair of hands - Sophie Raworth has proved she is definitely that - and she's said that she comes from a family of keen gardeners - many people don't get the chance to become gardeners until they retire - doesn't mean they're not interested.

She's not there to be a gardener - she's a professional presenter - a different thing altogether. 

Simple question alert!

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:02

You can either sprinkle it on where you're going to plant and then rake the soil over, or you can plant and then scatter some around and water it in.  Does your pack have instructions etc?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:54

Mine haven't all germinated, but most of them have - they've gone outside into the mini-greenhouse/coldframe - they really weren't getting enough light even by the big studio window and they were becoming etiolated (love that word) and apart from that they were in danger of being painted 

My aster looks ill :(

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:50

Hi Cleo

Which sort of aster are we talking about?  There are the showy annual type and the hardy perennial type that we used to call Michaelmas daisies. 

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