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Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:42

Dont click on it whatever you do.

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Chinese foxgloves

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:36

I thought what was called chinese foxgloves was the paulownia tree.

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:04

I moved some canes last winter. New canes you buy will be similar. In winter, when the leaves have fallen off, dig up a new shoot that has come up a small distance say a foot from the original plant. Mine tend to throw up new shoots anything up to three feet away. I have had them go under a slabbed path and up the othe side. You want a healthy  upright stick, preferably as thick as your thumb. Dont bother with spindly bits, they take ages to get established. Sever the root with a spade. You need as much root as possible. I then give it a soak for half an hour. This is important if you have bought in bare root canes via the post or a garden centre. Then replant your new canes , by digging a shallow trench and spacing them out with the roots along the trench, about 18 inches apart. Fill it back in with soil, water in well, and then mulch to keep down the weeds.

Grape vine has a disease. Can anyone offer any advice?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 09:48

Grapevine blister mite. If only a few leaves, pick them off and burn them. If all leaves are infected, it causes more damage to the vine by removing all tge leaves, than by leaving them.

It will not affect othe plants in the garden.

Is this a Jasmine?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 09:43

Honeysuckle. Give it something to climb up or through. Its good on fences or as part of a deciduous hedge. Trim it after flowering if it gets too big.. I just hack all excess off in winter.

You may have seen parts of this before?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:17

Just think yourself lucky that you got a bean. You could have got  a cow on the back lawn. You son is called Jack isnt he?

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:13

Summer fruiting razzers. They will now be fruiting on last years canes, and the leaves on old canes go yellow. After all the fruit has gone, cut the old canes down to the ground. The new canes that are probably still green will go on to fruit next year.

runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:09

I think the son would be Professor Stefan Buczacki, who was brought up in Duffield, just outside Derby.

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:33

The rootstock is the large woody bit below ground.  I was digging bits out for years. One of the new shoots I moved to a bucket, and then eventually a better, sunny spot. Last year it flowered.

I would just bin the old top.


Katherine I have messaged you. see if you can reply to it.

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:10

If you cut it off completely, it will send up new shoots from the rootstock. I had one that was not doing well. I tried to cut it off and dig it out, and I had young ones coming up from the remaining rootstock for years.

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