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EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:48

I got rid of mine using glyphosate but it took three years. It is more rampant in some gardens than others. It spreads most readily in free draining sandy soil. It spreads less so in my heavy clay. 

Silly question about clay

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:45

Pieris will only work if the soil is acidic, and it really prefers good well drained soil to thrive, so I suspect it will struggle on your clay even if it is acidic, unless you prepare the planting hole well. I have similar soil to you, and lost quite a few shrubs / trees by just digging holes big enough for the rootball with a bit to spare. They died because of lack of moisture in dry summers and sitting in saturated soil in winter. 

If planting a shrub or tree I now use a pickaxe, 5 ft long crowbar and mattock to break up the underlying hardpan down to at least 2 feet deep and at least the same across. Sometimes I wish I had a pneumatic drill!

Thee are a few shrubs that can handle heavy clay well with out a lot of preparation.  One is the cornus (alba, flaviramea, sanguinea, Midwinter Fire etc. )

Bought 2 more fuchsias today

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 21:31

I have had Mrs Popple in exposed borders for 10 years. It is as hardy as the magellanicas but has lovely big flowers - more like the more blousey hybrids.  It grows to around 2 feet high. 

Bought 2 more fuchsias today

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 21:03

Claudia is a lovely pink trailing one, suitable for a hanging basket.

I don't do hanging baskets - I am no good at them - keep forgetting to water them, so most of ours are upright - our Claudias are fillers for big pots. 

My favourite is Annabelle, almost hardy - can handle 3-4 degrees of frost, but upright. Genii is a lovely golden leaved one that can survive outside most winters in a sheltered corner (but not where you live, Obelixx!)

Bought 2 more fuchsias today

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:39

I have just taken cuttings from four I bought a month ago (Dark Eyes, Claudia, Genii, Annabel).  They are great value plants, some for pots, others for dot plants in the border. 

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:35

A good technique is to lightly prune back some (or all) branches around the middle of May. This delays flowering until October, which extends the season and gives late food for butterflies. 

environmental responsiblity

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:21

Creosote is still available to professionals who can prove they are such, in the same way that many other pesticides and herbicides are available only to farmers / foresters etc.. My understanding about creosote is the main concern is that it is carcinogenic to humans, which is why it is not available to the public, who won't take the necessary precautions facemasks, gloves, care about disposal etc.. I think the main worry is about inhalation of fumes and contamination of waterways. Non-professionals were obliged to dispose of it from garden sheds etc. years ago. 

Very frustrating that no one can take legal action against your neighbour. I would think that once it has dried it is much less harmful so would not worry about harm to birds directly or through eating worms etc.. I'd be quite worried if it has got into your pond. He must have been using a lot or spraying it with abandon for it to ve visible on the pond surface. 

Christmas tree needles turning brown

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:06

Doesn't sound good. I suspect it has had it.

Lawn weeds

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:04

Whatever you do, do not use Roundup (glyphosate) on your lawn. It will kill everything. The lawn weedkiller you are using is the right one. I used Verdone (similar) on Selfheal today. The leaves are coarse and should absorb the weedkiller easily. 

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:07

Jphn Innes is a set of formulations - sterilised loam, sand, peat, lime, fertilizers, first developed in the John Innes Research Institute in the 1930's.  It is not a brand. Different manufacturers make John Innes formulations. Some make multipurpose compost 'with added John Innes' - but it might be 5% or 10% John innes - they don't tell you  , so don't be taken in.

John Innes Seed - does what it says

John Innes No1 - for pricking out - potting on

John Innes No 2, for hosue plants, window boxes, hanging baskets etc

John Innes No 3 - for shrubs that are going to be in pots for the duration  - Japanese maples, dwarf magnolias etc. - contains longer lasting fertilizers

John Innes Ericacious - for rhododendrons, camellias etc. that prefer acid soil. 

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