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Help identifying a plant

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 16:09

 They look like  the berries of Iris foetidissima. Also known as the Stinking Iris. The berries are poisonous but the flowers aren't. I'd get rid of those berries if the grandchildren are still small.

Mystery foliage in gifted bouquet.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 13:38

Blairs, the only pictures I can see, are the one that Busy-Lizzie uploaded in her answer and the one that I uploaded in my own answer. Can you see any others? IMHO the question itself, from the doesn't contain a picture.

Mystery foliage in gifted bouquet.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 12:19


They might be blueberry branches? Like these...They are used very often in bouquets. I tend to re-use them with tulips or in small vases with Grape Hyacinth. A nice reminder that spring is in the air.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:57

my mum and da have an acer tree that is probably about 6ft high sadley they have just passed away and i would like to transfer the acer to my garden or should i not attempt it? thank you x


Sharon, how long has this Acer been in your parents' garden? If it's an established tree, it'll need some preparation before you can transplant it successfully. The information in the link below is very good and will tell you what you need to do to cause as little stress as possible to the tree.


EDIT: Sorry, can't  insert the link, so you'll have to copy and paste 

Witch Hazel

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:24

Shrubs and trees planted in one year use the following growing season for establishing and expanding their rootsystem. So, it seems perfectly normal to me that your Witch Hazel produces less or no flowers this year. Another thing to bear in mind is that Hamamelis is a bit of a slow starter. It can take a year or two before it will be flowering in abundance.

If you planted it in a multi-purpose compost that will be fine for now, and you can always put a layer of ericacious compost on top the soil as a mulch. It needs an acid to neutral, well-drained soil.  

If you can, plant it out in your garden. It will perform so much better then. When planted in full sun the soil needs to be moist (not wet!)

Tree Advice

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 16:49

May I suggest Garrya elliptica? I once saw one, somewhere in Wiltshire and fell in love with it immediately! Had to have it, even if I live in the east of the Netherlands and the climate isn't perfect. But hey, it survived -15, and , it can grow into a nice little tree. Lovely lush, green foliage all year round and greyish/purple catkins during winter.

azalea wind damage

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:20

Can anyone identify these worms?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 16:18

Might be potworms, daydaisy. Just a thought.

Red Robin problem

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 16:00

The black patches in Photinia leaves are caused by Entomosporium maculatum, a fungal leaf spot disease. It's is very common and is not harmful to the shrub. The main reason of these spots occurring, is the leaves remaining wet over a long period. It doesnt look very nice though.

Plants in a sheltered spot are more prone to leaf spots, as well as new foliage. Pruning during the growing season will encourage new growth. Mature leaves are more resistant to leaf spot.

  • Rake up and discard fallen leaves, and remove infected plant material. Apply fresh mulch around plants to cover any leaves that were missed. You could also try underplanting with low growing perennials, such as catmint. 
  • Provide sufficient air circulation. This often means thinning out a few plants in a hedge.
  • Avoid wetting the leaves when watering. Splashing water spreads the fungus.
  • Avoid summer fertilization that will promote new growth late in the season.

 If nothing seems to work, you can try spraying with a fungicide just before and during new foliage is emerging. If that doesn't make any difference, I would be inclined to remove Red Robin althogether.

I hope this will help.  



Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:51

How about a Hamamelis, underplanted with Cyclamen coum; or maybe a Garrya elliptica and some  ornamental grasses? Bulbs for Spring colour. Would look very nice with the Choisya.

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