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Latest posts by happycottontail

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:03

Below is a pic of my eucalyptus, planted last summer.  As this is its first full year in my garden I'm wondering how much I should trim it - if at all?  It's about 6' now.  I've heard that pretty new coloured foliage will come if you cut the tree back in Spring, but would you recommend it, and if so, how much should I remove?



Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:14

As some of you will know, I had my back garden completely re-landscaped last year, including a lovely new lawn, so was gutted to find it full of worm casts this spring  .  It has had one mowing 3 weeks ago, but now badly needs doing again.  The trouble is, we've had so much rain over the past ten days that the mud doesn't dry off sufficiently to be raked off.  The rest of this week is supposed to be dry, so I would really value some advice on how to deal with this problem.  I'll attach a pic to show you a typical little pile, but this is repeated time and time again.



Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:51

Ooh Chicky, that is really helpful!  I had been thinking that a white rose might go best with SL.  You wouldn't by any chance have a photo of your pergola, would you?  Do you think Climbing Iceberg would be happy in a 40 litre pot?  That's the size DA recommend for a climbing rose.

Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 22:17

Not crazy about thorns, I have to say  

Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 20:52

Thanks Dove.  It looks a lovely rose.  I've looked at various websites where it's featured, but several of them mention it's prone to rain damage.  Unfortunately I don't live in a dry part of the country - like East Anglia!

Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:13

Last January I planted 4 David Austin roses at the base of my pergola.I was told that my choice of A Shropshire Lad was a good one to train as it is reasonably lax growing.  In reality, the stems are quite thick and not at all pliable - though the flowers were lovely.  Several of the stems are growing away from the trellis support and there is no way I will get them to bend towards it.  I don't think these plants are likely to cover the top of the pergola.  So I am planning to plant another rose that will eventually give me the look I'm wanting - a pergola festooned with blossom, and a joy to walk under!

Any suggestions?  Ideally it would be fragrant and repeat flowering, but I might have to compromise on this.  It needs to contrast or blend with the peach/apricot shade of Shropshire Lad, but could have flowers in clusters.

Any ideas gratefully received!   Happy.

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 10:49


Don't dismiss garden centres out of hand.  I got 3 x Camelot Cream foxgloves for £18 from Homebase last May. They flowered profusely for 3 months (see pic above) and I believe they will flower again this year.  I have also had some half price end of season bargains from local garden centres - including Harlow Carr!  

Leaf Pruning - is there such a thing?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 22:55

Dave, they are young plants, only got them as bareroots from David Austin just over a year ago, so is it still right to prune out the first year's growth?

Leaf Pruning - is there such a thing?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:32

It's my roses again, only this time it's the leaves rather than the stems that I'm concerned about.    I have many of last year's dark green leaves still clinging onto my Wollerton Old Hall and Shropshire Lad climbing roses.  Lots of these leaves have brown and black patches/spots on them.  Should I remove them?  There are lots of new shoots sprouting on the old canes, - especially WOH.  Also some of the old leaves did drop off, but have left the central spine still clinging to the plant.  Should I remove those?  I know you are told to cut off the tatty old leaves of hellebores, but don't know if the same applies to roses.  I await the fruits of your combined knowledge!  

Wollerton Old Hall climbing roses

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 15:22

Thanks Fairygirl - I had guessed most people would be too busy in their gardens on such a beautiful day!  

Dove, so glad you said that they didn't look like suckers.  I was about to pass the death sentence on them because they had seven leaflets!  However, I've just examined some of last year's canes and am relieved to find they are sprouting seven leaflets at a time!  So do you think I don't need to do any more pruning of last year's canes?

Discussions started by happycottontail

Overwintering begonia tubers

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New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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White Dianthus "Memories"

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A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
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Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

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Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
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Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

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