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Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 16:13

Hmm, If I was going to Mums, I go past it. I could call in and have a look. Most of their plants have labels.

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:52

The leaves are like little holly leaves though.

How about Mitraria coccinea?

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:30

Desfontainea spinosa?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:20

 It has to be the lilies at the moment. Along with the phlox, they are pumping scent in to the air. Gorgeous on a humid evening.

Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 11:23

Below node. 7 cm sq pot , one in each corner, or inividually in deep plug trays.

Multipurpose compost mixed with 25% extra coarse grit, perlite or vermiculite to aid drainage.

Pemstemon, plastic bag or propagator lid. dianthus shouldn't need it. Keep both in shaded position until roots form. Keep out of direct sunlight.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 06:58

I think I'd strike some cuttings now, just in case it doesn't like it. That's an old shrub. Now is a good time for escallonia cuttings.

Love your garden

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 06:54

I think they've had a good cry in every programme this series. I know they're sorting out a garden for people with major problems,but I think a quick gloss over would suffice....and then get on with the garden.

It seems that everything has to have the sob story these days, in reality tv programmes.

Hedgehog Watch!!!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 06:44

Yes,he's moved. Some of the food has gone, so maybe he had just got up too early and then fancied another doze. I know how he feels.

Never planted veggies or fruits - need advice

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 06:41

Lots of questions here first. 

New York can be very hot in summer. Are you exposed to many animals,deer etc.? Why do you need to fence it?

What is the soil under the decking like.?  Can you not plant straight into the soil.? Fences will shade what is a  very small area. You may have room for a few tomatoes and eggplant bushes ,but not much else. You will need to remove the decking,I think it will just cause problems. Or you could grow in large pots stood on the decking, but you will need to spend more time watering pots than if you grow into the soil. In such a small space I wouldn't bother with onions. A courgette(zucchini) plant would take up a quarter of that space and be a better option.

clivia/ kaffir lilly

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:57

Repot and split when the roots fill the pot.  make sure each section has a" nose " or growing point.

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