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Houtiyana, Bishops Weed, Heartlead, EVIL!

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 17:48

Agree with Dove. Round-Up's a waste of money anyway and such weeds might appear damaged but wouldn't struggle to survive. Glyphosate's extreme but sometimes nec  

Name your favourites - help me fill a trellis

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 17:40

Depending on orientation and your soil, you could plant a climbing hydrangea. Soil needs to be neutral or lowish PH and I'm not sure if it'd take too much sun. What do others think? Mine's well established up the front of my north facing house so it's cool but then not so cold as to shed its leaves in winter. Evergreen (here in the South East) and fast-growing, very pretty thro long flowering season. Like Bob, I also have clematis 'Freckles' out back which brings winter cheer 

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 12:12

Buying Morning Glory after growing a magnificent one at my previous home. First coldish night n it was dead n gone. Why didn't anyone mention minimum temps required?? Oh, I used to live in Spain by the way...

What to do with the shingle?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 11:51

Put it on freecycle, with a sparse layer at the front I'm always on the lookout to replenish!! Be as bold as to ask what they want it for - I wouldn't want to think it was going to be sold on...

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 11:19

Several of the above but also, large pond/lake at the back, with a willow tree. I'd love pond life but am so short of space it's not an option. A smaller pond with lilies would be lovely. Tree peony & wisteria already mentioned. As it is, my neighbour would be q capable of putting glyphosate on anything he thought even touched his property & they're terraced houses  so wisteria's not an option.

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 11:08

Like WW, from scratch. Worse? Hadn't been touched in 20 years when I moved in 2005. Long, narrow 'shoe-box' with high wooden fences all around. Looking pretty good by now, tho I've certainly had time. Main regret? Not borrowing money to have it landscaped at the time. Too late now cos I'd never pull up my beloved young trees. Lumpy lawn, wild grasses give a cottage feel in a concrete jungle (4 miles from LHR) Birds love the only trees in 6 gardens in a row  With WW all the way - maintenance is key, overcrowding is likely. I envy fidgetbones in a way - little space here for more than 1 small shed here & veg-growing is slightly limited 

Where to buy

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:44

Agree with fred#60 here, not the weather right now & don't buy one if you're still experimenting, just hire it - but brace yourself for a tough day's work!

Bay tree dying - Newt?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:35

Agreed, wrong compost. Draining is vital, as has been pointed out and, having watched my brother's succumb to cold winters, I kept mine in a pot. That's a huge pot by now, with feet under it so it drains better and I bring it to the back door in winter. Down south I can do that but I'd wrap it up in winter to keep it warm if I lived in colder climes.Other than the odd brown leaf here n there it's been fine for 7 years or so.

Poorly tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:20

There isn't I'm afraid and it will mean that you'll have to pull them all up, it's highly cantagious. Don't put plants in a composter but burn them if possible. Do double-check and wait for others to reply to your thread tho cos I' m no expert

Help required for Camelia

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:09

If you're potting it up, buy some ericaceous compost as camellias are acid-loving and will benefit from it. I buy Lemington's cos I think it's good quality. I have a camellia in a pot (a huge pot by now) that I 'rescued' from Woolworths for 50p years ago n it still flowers v well. In a few weeks start using an acid feed when you water it as well n your camellia should thrive. Good luck!!

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