Latest posts by fidgetbones

I want to train my Wisteria as free standing

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 09:43

If you have two shoots at the moment, let one wind around the other. They will fuse eventually/ When they get to the height you want it to branch, pinch it out to make side shoots. Train side shoots into a star shape over an umbrella type support. Make it a strong support,(wrought iron) as once the wisteria wraps around it, it is impossible to get off.  The trunk will get thicker with age.

Mystery plant

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 09:21

Can you do a close up of the flower head, and one of the leaves please?

Identify Flowering Bush/Tree (Possibly Buddleia?)

Posted: 04/09/2017 at 08:54

It looks like one of the Buddleja x weyeriana varieties.  A cross between B. globosa  and B. davidii.  I have one called sungold which carries on flowering until the frosts  if deadheaded. I prune it like davidii in Spring.  It flowers on new wood, unlike globosa which flowers early on the previous years wood.

Buying advice

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 23:21

How much space have you got? Potatoes are good for clearing ground, but take up a lot of space for something that you can buy cheaply.   Have you tested the soil. You need acid soil for blueberries,  so if your soil is on the alkaline or neutral side it will not grow blueberries well.

Assuming you are in the UK, most garden centres will have seed potatoes (small tubers ) and so on in the spring.

Ken Muir and Chris Bowers are good sites for getting fruit trees and strawberry plants.

Botrytis on my baby oak?

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 10:52

It looks like powdery mildew to me. Oaks suck an enormous amount of water out of the soil.

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 10:51

Assuming they are still fruiting, you can cut back any time they have gone dormant, generally when the leaves fall off.

Can you identify this rose? 🌹

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 10:49

Maybe give it support with an obelisk? Moving long established roses is not always successful. You could take a hard wood cutting to try another place.

Help! New house and Grapes are growing in my garden

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 16:47

Cut all new growth back to five leaves from the main stem. ( a couple of leaves beyond the bunch of grapes. That makes the plant put energy into the grapes. In January while the plant is dormant, prune all lateral shoots back to five buds from the main stem.


Posted: 02/09/2017 at 15:24

If you are going to keep them dry fro the winter, the feed won't wash out.  I tend to keep mine in pots anyway and repot or add feed in Spring.

Two-year-old strawberry bush

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 10:11

The feed is the same for each year of the cycle. As Camarosa is a long cropping variety for glasshouse use, feed right through the growing season.  Chris Bowers describe Camarosa as virus resistant, so you should get three years out of each plant.

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