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Garden underwater

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:09

Sounds like a heavy clay compacted soil under the lawn. Ideal conditions for a pond. You are probably going to have to dig the lot up. My brother had a new build with turves turning up like old sandwiches. He took the lot up, rotavated a compost heap full of compost into it, removed all the rubble, and seeded. He now has a nice lawn.

Plant now or overwitner

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:06

Japanese anemones are bombproof. They can be planted now. The Salvia would like a free draining sandy soil, and dislikes sitting in cold wet clay, so I would overwinter, and improve the area it will go in next year.

Plant identification

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:02

I think it is a tree peony. It should flower in Spring.The red v shaped thing looks like a seed pod.

Last edited: 19 September 2017 11:04:28

plants for rubble

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 08:20

Is it level gravel type or is it a mound of half bricks etc.? If it is a new bungalow I would have a go athe builders. If it is large stuff like hard bricks, maybe an ad on Gumtree... Free hardcore to anyone who can collect it. They do the lifting and carrying.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:47

I have one clematis montana that climbs to the top of a hawthorn tree that doesn't get pruned. Its about the height of a house.


Posted: 18/09/2017 at 14:24

If you lift them with a large rootball, and water them in well, they should survive. You may get some wilting and lose flowers.  Another month and they will be dying down anyway. When I grew from seed, I  marked the best , lifted and potted for winter, then repotted into larger pots  when they started growing. Lifting and some protection means you get earlier flowers.

Hot Lips

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 11:54

Cut off the flowers. Pot them on into  7cm pots, assuming they have rooted.  You want them to make strong roots at this stage not flowers.  Plant out in Spring after they start growing. I would probably pot them from 7 cm to 15 cm pots in March and pinch the growth a couple of times to give a larger plant to go out in late May.


Posted: 17/09/2017 at 22:03

Ask the people in charge of the course, how many people who have completed it are employed in the subject ( as opposed to flipping burgers) a year later.  Nothing is ever guaranteed, you may need to travel to obtain employment.


Posted: 17/09/2017 at 20:02

They are supposed to be hardy but  I think freezing and wet will get them. Maybe cloche them to give some protection and on the drier side if you can.

Sloe Berry?

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 19:52

Sloes come off a quickthorn tree.Prunus spinosa.  It has spines. I don't see any spines. They look more like damsons. (Prunus institia) If you cut it in half, a damson has a thin flat stone like a plum. very tart, but added to sugar they make good jams or pies.

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