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Shrub/tree for a very large pot?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:21

I can really recommend Heptacodium miconioides. It 's a large shrub or small tree with lovely white flowers from late summer to late autumn. Also named Seven son flower tree. After the real flowers have gone there is still an impression of flowers as the coloured sepals stay on for a long time. Very beautiful and not very well known at all, which is a shame IMO. It seems I can't put a link in but if you google for it there is lots of information to find.

Insect identity wanted please, friend or foe?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:54

It might be Pyrrhocoris apterus ( sorry, I don't know the English name for it ).


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:36

Paul, there is a hostel in Noordwijk, if you are up for something like that. Also try  looking for hotel-restaurants in Alphen a/d/ Rijn, they tend to be somewhat cheaper. Of course Amsterdam and Haarlem are close to Lisse as well. As the North Sea is not far from the Keukenhof you could find that, with temps going up and more sunshine to come, cheap hotels might not be available since 17th May is Ascension Day and many people will extend the weekend by taking an extra day off at 18th May. I really hope that the Keukenhof will live up to your expectations after a disappointing Floriade.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 10:51

One moment we are having sun, the other it is looking VERY dark. No gardening today as I'm almost on my way to another job interview.

Lavender turning black

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:58

Nothing special, I use a bottle with 70% methylated spirits solution.

Lavender turning black

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:28

I think this is Fusarium wilt and that it is caused by two things: too much moisture and bad drainage.It is a common soil fungus. What you can do is re-plant in a dryer spot or you could lift them, dig the holes a bit deeper, add a layer of grit (and some soil on top ) and re-plant.

Either way you cut the Lavender back to healthy growth and remove all the clippings.  Remember to disinfect your secateurs.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:48

Geoff, as your business is picking up, do you have a job for a girl that knows her business?     

Lavender turning black

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:55

Are they turning black from the top or from groundlevel?

Frost damage or drought?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:17

At first sight this seems to be frost damage or wind damage. This might have happened during the cold spell in February. However, we have had some dry periods after that so at root level it could be too dry. In that case it could do with watering.

How are the new leaves developing? Are they glossy and firm? It seems to me that I can see some new growth, which looks healthy, but with the dark foliage it is hard to tell.

Double planting

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:22

Hi Yvie,

No, roses is not a good idea as you need to be able to lift the baskets so the tulips' foliage can die off. I'm also not sure on the lilies but that might work if everything is planted in the same basket. You will need very deep baskets though. Bear in mind that lilies form big clumps over time so you need to check the baskets regularly.

Personally I 'd be inclined to just lift the tulips and re-plant with annuals or Summer-bulbs. Or maybe Dahlias.

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