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My own garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:12

Good morning and welcome MMflower 

That sounds like a fabulous garden - all those trees!!!   

I think those plants will be fine - if I were you I'd get some Fish Blood & Bone and sprinkle some around them, as directed on the pack - that's a balanced slow release fertiliser that will promote healthy growth.

And my tip of the day for you is: Walnut trees give off something that stops most other plants growing close to them, so don't waste effort and money planting anything underneath yours.  

But on the other hand - I love walnuts - has yours got any nuts forming yet?  Watch out for crows and rooks - they steal them! 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:07

Panda, I read that as 'back  is a little twiggy'  -  I was going to ask if they had leaves yet 

honeysuckle has no blossom

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:04

You see, they need the root room  

Fish, Blood & Bone in the spring and autumn, a good mulch with compost, FYM or leafmould at the same time, some shade over the roots and don't let them dry out or they'll get the dreaded powdery mildew and their leaves will shrivel and drop off.  

courgette woes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:20

Oh what bad luck   

Slugs are very crafty - is there any way that one could've got to your plant over the copper ring - another plant forming a bridge to a leaf for instance?  

They got at my delphinium by climbing a taller plant, which weighed it down until it bent down over the delphinium 

help my apple tree!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:15

Try not to be too depressed Glenn - we all make mistakes - !'ve made some corkers - as long as you don't make the same mistake twice!!!  

We'll keep our fingers crossed for you


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:12

Hello Verdun    Sorry about that 

Damage to Hellebore and Laurel

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:07

I would remove the old leaves at their base - they always look a bit battered by the end of the winter and detract from the flowers.  I remove them just as the new flower buds are showing in the late winter early spring.

The Ajuga and Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' that is growing around the hellebore is providing the perfect hiding place for slugs and snails.  I would clear an area around the base of the hellebore, give it a feed with some Fish Blood and Bone according to the instructions on the pack, and then mulch with some organic material - garden compost or leaf mould would be best.  

Keep the base of the plant clear of other plants and my bet is that the snail damage will reduce.

Hope that helps. 


droopy conifer branches

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:00

Louise, could we see some pictures of your conifer please?

To post a pic on here you click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructons.

Afraid it doesn't work on a phone - yet 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:58

It's the leaves at the base of the plant we need to see 

Clematis ??? Help

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:47

Looking forward to seeing this beauty 

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