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When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:34

Escallonia will shed some leaves - all evergreens do, especially at the end of winter, so it's not usually anything to worry about. 

It makes a good hedge if you're in a coastal location, or anywhere with a reasonable climate and temperatures, but isn't so good if soil's cold, wet and heavy. Are you concerned you've hacked your hedge back too far? 

Plant recommendations for shaded pots.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:05

Fancy you thinking of those Hosta...

Carex oshimensis Evergold is a good grass for pots too - evergreen and straightforward. 

If you have a big pot, Fatsia japonica does well. A pot keeps it's foliage up off the ground too and really enhances it. 

Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 18:08

B3 - more likely to be a starling - they're good mimics  

Lovely to have a song thrush or a nightingale 8000wf. We don't get either of those up here. 

Loads of dunnocks though. If you can see them closely enough, take a look at their legs - they're quite pinky red. They also have little black lines/dashes in a patch along their wings which are quite distinctive too. 

Grass problem's

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 18:03

It's still early days for decent grass growth Glenn, so don't worry. My grass looks pretty rubbish just now, but in a couple of months it will be fine and dandy with a bit of feed and some sun. Warmth...that would be nice 

Scalping, as Vegemight has said,  is always an issue as it weakens your grass and allows moss and weeds to get a foothold more easily. Mow regularly through the summer and at a slightly higher height and you'll see a difference  

Waitrose and Slugs

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:56

Linda - you might find the slugs are slightly fewer this spring as it's definitely been a bit drier and with enough frosts to kill off a few more than usual. I'm just slightly south of you and know Howwood quite well 

Picking plants that are less attractive to them is a good method - so plant fewer soft perennials with nice juicy new springtime shoots, and a bit more woody planting. Things like Delphiniums for example are hopeless unless you wan to use slug pellets. Might as well hang a big 'free dinner' sign in neon lights for them!  

Getting stuck in at this time of year with a night time hunt pays off too. You get a good amount of them to dispatch, and it reduces the amount they can then produce. Encourage birds - blackbirds and thrushes in particular, and they'll help you out.

Hopefully we may get a drier spring up here and that will make life easier! 

Looking for a nice ornamental grass

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:48

I have Spartina, which is very easy, but very few people grow it in gardens. It will take any weather you chuck at it, and will happily cope with prolonged wet as it's a tidal grass. Forms a large clump of green/gold arching leaves. 

Don't forget one of our favourites here  - Hakonechloa Aureola. Forms a lovely mound of golden foliage. 

Moving a Peony

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:44

I'd stick it in a pot Laura - nothing to lose. Water it in, tuck it in a sheltered spot and keep an eye on it. Nothing to lose  

Did you pot up the other bits you got out? They might take a little while to settle and get going but you should have a decent plant or two to relocate hopefully 

Inspiration Required, small tree suggestions & wildlife encouragement

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:40

It's Amelanchier Lamarkii Reedy - the one I mentioned. You'll find plenty of info on it. 

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:38

The darker ones are a bit tougher Wayside. The white is less so. Mine didn't survive it's first winter - too wet and cold, despite being in a raised bed with plenty of grit and compost added to the soil. 

Clematis Help

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:35

Laura - if you have another clematis there, the chances are you'll have to cut back both at some point to sort them out.  It's quite hard to see where they are and what they're doing from the pix, but the main one definitely looks like a montana. If the other one's a spring/summer flowering variety, you might cut a fair bit of it back too unless you're very careful, so it's something to bear in mind. Montanas don't need pruned as such, but sometimes it's necessary if they outgrow their location - a common problem! 

You could probably prune both back a fair bit in autumn so that you can untangle them and re arrange the montana where you want it. It will rejuvenate it and you can then see exactly what you have. If you want to move the other one, you can also do that at the same time. 

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