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cutting back

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 10:16

1Runnybeak1 - if it helps I only water mine very rarely when in the greenhouse.  They survive very well.  


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:42

I know of one that was cut back to hard wood and didn't take very well to it.  It's 18 months and slowly showing signs of growth but certainly not thriving.  Hoping as time goes on and with a little TLC it will come back.  Just wanted to share this so that you know before taking action.

SEVERELY overgrown garden

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:24

Can you get rid of us much off the top as possible and then try lasagne layering?  Newspapers, old cardboard etc and covered with soil?

cutting back

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:16

I think I have an evergreen agapanthus.  I don't do anything other than house it in the greenhouse (unheated) over winter and it comes back fine.  


Planting ideas`

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:15

Hi Topsoiled.  Do you have any local friends/groups that do gardening or that you could do swaps with?  I am frequently receiving giving self seedlings / divided perennials to friends.  Cheap as chips as you use what you have, I also keep old pots and recycle them to use to carry self seedlings etc.  


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:10

So I take it the advice is 

1]  Try sonic or water spray deterrents

2]  Ensure no bare soil is available for cats to do their business

3]  Try putting prickly mulch down (assume in areas where cats are known to do business)

Anything else?


My back garden is absolutely free of cats.  But I do have trouble in the front.  I've tried prickly bits of cuttings from prickly hedging but perhaps not enough.  I've tried bottle filled water - stopped working.  I've tried planting 'cat schoo' plants - they defecate right next to it (how insulting).  

I really don't mind cats at all, but it's the possibility of disease/infection from their faeces that worries me.  Saw a programme on toxoplasmosis the other day, nice!  I'm forever washing hands etc but still worries me. 

Accessible gardening questionnaire (student project, please help!)

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 19:00

Just submitted.  

Clematis Seeds

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 20:39

Thanks guys, I've recently done this over the weekend.  Some seeds have dispersed already.  The ones I've tried to seed are the ones that have come away very easily from the plant.  Fingers crossed although nothing lost if they don't germinate.  Try, try and try again.  

Delphinium Delfix Rose

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 18:48

Hi All

I'd be grateful for some help.  I bought some plants to fill a bit of the front border a week or so ago.  All plants are doing well except for a plant I bought called Delphinium Delfix Rose.  For some reason the flowers have all but disappeared and the plant seems generally thin and lanky.  As with the other plants (Astilbe, Campanula, Phlox, Heuchera, Ruben, Salvia, Geum) I ensured it was well watered, had good soil conditions (used compost at base of roots and infill) and also added some feed.  All other plants seem to be settling in absolutely perfectly except for these.  It is in a bit of an exposed site so I am thinking of moving it but I don't want to cause further disruption if not necessary.  I'm not sure if sometimes plants might need time to adjust.  

I've noticed this for the last few days.  

I would offer to take a picture but it's pouring down with heavy rain so might have to wait until it clears.  

I'm not a very professional gardener but I have spent some time doing lots of research and lots of careful planning.  I've transferred many plants before ensuring they are in the right spot etc but I'm struggling with this one.

I haven't had professional testing but I am confident we have clay soil, however the beds have been worked so well for the last decade or so I'm not sure the clay is anywhere near the surface.  I bought the property from my grandfather who loved his garden and one many local prizes for his flowers and had many admirers so I know the soil has been well cared for before we moved in a couple of years ago.

Do I move it to try and recover it or wait and see what happens. 

Many thanks for any help



Dahlia planting

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 14:28

Thanks Dorcas.  I've tried grit, crushed egg shells, coffee grounds ... anything and everything and nothing works.  I've already done my fair share of evening patrols this year  Hopefully I can try and stop them from eating the ground shoots this year.  For the few I have in pots a little bit of copper tape has done a fabulous job.  A few nibbles but they could've been from anything.  



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Delphinium Delfix Rose

Help please - fear of dying plant 
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Dahlias and Slugs

Slugs have destroyed my dahlias 
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