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First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 17:44

Last edited: 26 May 2016 17:45:00


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 17:42

Hi Lauren - I'd agree with Ladybird re separate pots. The point of Acers is to let their lovely foliage make an impact, and that would be lost completely if they were in the same pot. It's also why they make such good pot grown specimens. 

As they grow, pot them on into something just a little bit bigger too, so that the roots develop properly. Don't let them get dried out during hot spells - that affects the foliage development. Windy conditions also have a drying effect. A mulch (gravel sets them off well)  after watering helps to stop them drying out too quickly  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 12:39

Yeh Sam - rabbits love them. If you want sweet peas you need to grow them in a high raised bed or large container - well away from anything they can use as a step to get access. I had a giant pot about three feet high at my last house for growing them in.

An air rifle's a good idea though  

lawn weeds

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 12:36

I'd just use a proprietary weed and feed product for the grass - like Evergreen or similar. The healthier the grass is, the harder it is for other plants/weeds to get a foothold. You may need to apply a few times through the season.

Tree ID

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 08:10

They're stunning when they're in full flower. 

Currently considering one for the part of the garden just opened up by my boundary fence.  

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat. No time today....

BL  -  Hope the insurance doesn't take too long....

Yvie - nothing over 2.5 mb will upload just now. I've already flagged up the issue. You have to resize your photos to  about 2 or under.  Most of mine are well over 3 or 4 mb up to 8 and 9, so I have to resize virtually everything I want to upload. Once they sort it to 5mb as it should be, it will be easier. Still a pain that we can't use an external site like before. If you right click on the photo in your library,  you should get an option to resize in the menu  

Not had time to read back much here so will catch up later if I have any energy. 

Magnolia Problems

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 07:56

Unless the container's very large, and you've been very careful about changing some of the soil each year and feeding, I suspect it's root bound and starving. They're not really container plants.

A pic would help with other suggestions too joan 


Posted: 25/05/2016 at 12:51

Belated birthday wishes to Clari and doc 

Hope you both had loads of cake, and generally ate and drank too much   

Gorgeous garden chicky - he was robbed for BIS too....

Climbers, bedding and other plants for shade

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 12:44

I think you would be better with a few different clematis on the fence. Many benefit from a bit of shade rather than full on sun anyway as they get bleached. Wouldn't use hydrangea personally. They get huge and never look right on a fence - better on a big wall. 

Loads of perennials which would grow very well there. If you have a preference for colours, just say and you'll get loads of suggestions. 

A mix of smaller shrubs and a few evergreens will give you all year round interest too - otherwise you're looking out at a very bare space through winter. It's also quite a small and geometric space, so repeat planting of a few well chosen items will always be successful. You can then infill with other shape and colour. 

Clay soil :-(

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 12:36

Plenty of well rotted manure, grit and compost dug in will make all the difference. You can buy bagged manure at GCs. It's the best soil of all to grow in as it's already very fertile, so you don't need a lot of additional food. 

Right plant, right place too - make sure what you're planting is suitable for the conditions you have and your climate and aspect. 

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