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Help- How to cut down plant

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:46

It sounds like it could be  a pampas grass - Cortaderia, Kelly. If you try googling that it will give you some pix which may look familiar. Did it have feathery looking  plumes growing from it in late summer, or did you not see it at that time of year?

For uploading pix here, there's a little tree icon in the toolbar at the top of the box where you type your post. If you click on that it will give you instructions. If you don't have that , it may be down to the device you're using - some people have issues with certain phones/laptops etc.

Can I make this grow?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:35

You'd need to take cuttings Tracey - it's Euonymous. Not sure it would be worth your while really. Doesn't look like there's much material  to work with  


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:12

It's very exciting Dove - we will expect lots of pix as you go along of course 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:05

Panda- shame on you last night.  Stick to bamboo shoots in future...

Well I'm glad you all had lovely weather.... I was turning the compost bin in the rain 

Got some organic peat free compost at the GC as it was 4 x 50l bags for £10. I'll let you know if it's any good! 

KEF - daughter made lots of bolognese so I could send you some for a small fee...

Small garden idea

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:52

I thought your photo was taken from the house  Mike - facing NE-  and  I thought the bed was slightly more south west/west as it didn't look like it was  at right angles to the house. Also because you're growing lavender, I reckoned you had a reasonable amount of sun so my suggestions still stand! 

Edd - I just use a compass normally! 

Surface Water

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:34

Oooh that would be lovely 

Have always liked them but not sure they'd survive up here. At my last house we had a spring-fed pond with a rill feeding into a smaller one so it would have been perfect, but the bunnies would no doubt have eaten them anyway! 

Surface Water

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:10

The rills are a lovely suggestion by Marinelilium, and may be the best solution. If the house on the left has raised their garden, you might be getting a lot of water pushed in your direction because of that too. Certainly creating better drainage by channeling the water away would be the best solution.

If it was a weeping willow that the GC mentioned - I'd be a bit wary! 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 12:55

Lovely newts nut 

Some of the early cherries round here have got blossom opening. Really makes it seem like spring is here, despite the cold and rain!

Not seen any sign of hawthorn yet though.

Wollerton Old Hall climbing roses

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 12:39

bumping this up for you happyct. 

Manchester, NE-facing balcony garden

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 12:35

Bsy Lizzies (Impatiens) are ideal for shade and you can pick them up quite cheaply at GCs, nurseries and DIY stores for a summer display to go with the Sarcococca Ceres mentioned. Lots of colours. Osteospermums (Cape daisies) will grow in the window boxes - they're easy to get too like the Busy Lizzies and plenty of colours available. They're both annuals so will only last through the summer/early autumn. Primulas and Polyanthus will grow in shade and you can pick them up now. Some of mine flowered on and off all summer and winter. You can get small ivies to trail from the window boxes as well. I got some for a £1 in Morrisons recently. In autumn you could put some early bulbs - daffs and crocus - in pots or the window boxes once any annuals are finished. They'll give you some nice colour at this time of year and are inexpensive. In fact, you'll get little pots of daffs cheaply just now in Garden Centres.

Did you want a few more evergreens to give structure? You could get some box balls or cones which you could take with you if you move and they will give you something to look at in winter along with the Sarcococca (Christmas box) 

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