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Found down a well.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:39

You could use it as a hat Edd  

Or perhaps a home for a goldfish that likes to live dangerously.....

Definitely looks like the glass from a washing machine/tumble drier door Edd. Not sure it would be much use in the garden though. 


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:35

I never water the leaves either - only the soil - for the reasons Dove mentions. Never had any fungal problems with my toms and they're always grown close together and indoors as we don't have the consistency of temperature up here.

Talkback: How to prune spring-flowering plants

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:32

Think Catkin might have already pruned the Choisya - the query was four and a half years ago....

Fantasy garden

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:30

No neighbours....

Classy planting, lots of green, ponds and fountains, and some formal topiary lining long avenues.... oh - and the Italian weather to go with it 

I'd like a wildlife garden full of nature as well....two opposites! 

Rhodenderon takeover!

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:26

Pretty brutal Buddy! Best done after flowering so you could do some now. If they haven't been touched in years you'll have to bear in mind that hard pruning this year will mean losing flowers next year and they might take longer than that to fully come back. You could also do it in stages - take back a foot or two this year and the same next year. Whatever you do, give them a good feed and water afterwards, and clear all the debris away round them and mulch well.

It depends how keen you are to keep them - if there are too many don't be frightened to take some out completely to give you space for something different. the ground will need some nourishment first if you do that. Rhodies take a lot out of the ground 

Good screening tree?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:21

I'd agree with birches - nice airy canopy and lovely bark. Some of the rowans (Sorbus) would also be nice, and Amelanchier lamarkii is also good. It can be grown as a shrub or a tree, and has lovely autumn colour.   I've used buddleia here as it grows quickly and is great for scent and, of course, butterflies  

There are also lots of shrubs which will make a good screen  rather than trees.

I 'd stay away from bamboo unless you really know what you're doing. You might regret those and so will your neighbours if they start running under the fence....

My First ever roses ..... panicking, why have they grown so fast?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:15

I don't grow roses Renata - but it is summer and it's kind of what they do!  

I think most roses respond well to hard pruning but someone who knows about that will come along and inform you. I'd expect it to be spring pruning for most of them though - shrub types anyway - but I know nothing about them! 

White powder stuff on leaves, stems and new buds of patio buddleja

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:12

Also when there are too many plants in the vicinity which creates more humidity. I'd expect a buddleia to shrug that off fairly easily though. I assume it's in a pot Maria - move it into an area where there's more space for it and see if that helps. Bit of air round it 

What's eating my plants

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:09

Probably slugs and snails Suzy - on the lobelia and dahlia anyway - as they love the juicy new shoots. Aphids are also a nuisance when there's wet weather followed by heat.Is the damage the same on all plants and have you seen any pests on them ?  If you can post a pic it will help determine the cause. Click on the little oak tree icon in the toolbar and follow instructions   


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 05:35

Wasn't me Edd. I might be getting old but I've not succumbed to mould or fungus...yet 

Couldn't sleep. Might have to get a cuppa 

Congratulations lily. Hope all concerned are doing well. Hugs all round! 

Happy Fourth of July - my  'little' girl is 21 today - don't know where the time went 

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