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Posted: 16/07/2012 at 08:41

I just chuck old compost from pots onto my flower garden.    It all helps to enrich the soil, and to improve the heavy clay.

sea holly?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 11:29

Can you give us a photo, please?    Descriptions are not always helpful.

What is this?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 21:45

My first impression was that it was a perennial sweet pea, and not a clematis at all!

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 21:39

Don't forget that small trees can be grown in pots too, and will give your garden some height and help cover those fences.

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:43

I had one of these taking over my garden and the pavement too when I moved into my present house.   I hacked it back regularly at any time of the year when it just needed it.   But here is the offical RHS advice from one of their books : "prune formal hedges and wall-trained plants back to the fading flowers or nearest berry cluster in mid- or late summer.   Trim again lightly in early autumn if fresh growth obscures fruit display."   I might just say, mine was too vigorous to just prune lightly, and I found it rooted in everywhere it touched the ground.    In the end, for the sake of people walking past the house, I dug it up.

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:37

Sorry, I have no experience of plum trees, but I never give up on any plant straight away.    It might take time, but if the roots are OK, I would leave this in place and just keep your fingers crossed.    In my experience, patience will be rewarded.

Leaving the garden to itself for a year - what to plant?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:33

The house next door to me has been let for two years, and both tenants are non-gardeners.    The first one did nothing at all.    The second tenant hired a gardener to chop everything back - two men spent a whole day doing it.   The tenant now just mows the lawn but nothing else.   Let's just hope you get a tenant who wants to rent a house because they really want a garden.   Failing that I would definitely organise a gardener to keep it in order.

mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:20

Mosquitoes only bite certain people, so perhaps Paul you are one of those who have a chemical in your perspiration that deters them.    I react badly to bites - they seem to love me!   

Only use oil if you use a tap at the bottom of the butt.    The oil is supposed to sit on the water at the top - no good if you have to take your water out that way.

Flower ID

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 15:30

I think it is Sidalcea, the prairie mallow.    I have a white one and a pink one in my garden.

mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 15:25

Just a teaspoon of vegetable oil in each butt will do the trick.

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