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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.

What is this?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 15:22

A Chrysalis of some sort, but I wouldn't know if it is a butterfly or moth.   I often come across them, and just put them back where I find them.   

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 21:49

Your tubs look great.    I have a hydrangea in a tub about the same size.   It has been there for several years, and flowers abundantly.    It does like a lot of water, though.


Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:36

Hoya is definitely a houseplant.

Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:34

I think you are being a bit optimistic about Bob.   Leave him for longer and I am sure he will produce shoots eventually. 

I recently chopped down a 26-year old yucca, leaving a stump in the pot.    There were no signs of life for two months.     Now I have FIFTEEN new shoots!  

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