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Wisteria being choked

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:05

The other thing to do, of course, is nothing. I've seen many similar situations and the wisteria just grows round the wire, engulfing it, and carries on without noticing its metal meal.


Help With Savia Microphylia

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:10

I think that's probably the case, and perhaps, too, a few roots were disturbed by the removal of the weedy growth. As W says, it'll recover given time and a tidy up. Plenty of warm weather ahead for it to get going again.


Bird ID

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:06

What's often funny to see is when they do that same swirling about, but in twos and threes, as if it's something they 'just have to do'. I suppose they don't realise it doesn't look as good!


Wilting pear leaves

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:01

There is fireblight about this year, so have a look at that on line for images and see how they compare with your tree. (It's bacterial, entering via the blossom which fades and droops first and the laves follow).


Cutting back

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:49

Just remove old/faded flower stems.  If you do this early in the season you'll often get a second flush (remember for next year).  The central rosette will overwinter and grow away strongly next year. Now's the time you could put a mulch of compost around the plant, too


Help please Identifying a plant

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:46

Long-flowering, as you've found out. Free-draining soil (it's Mexican), and resist the urge to tidy it up in autumn as it colours prettily. It doesn't like being moved, so if you have to, lift and divide in mid-spring when it'll be concentrating on growing and may not notice the disturbance. H-C

Garden design

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:29

And always allow a bit more room than you think will suffice. Room to walk around, shuffle, put the wine glass etc

Dying Bush

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:27

Plus, that one looks fairly elderly (in choisya terms) so it's possible that minor damage in its early life has finally taken its toll, and the flow of sap up that main stem has been interrupted somehow. As above, cut it out (it aint gonna recover), and re-shape the shrub. Gives you some room for something else. Low geranium like G. 'Havana Blues' or 'Rozanne'.


whats eating my beetroot

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:23

I know the slugs have been big this year, but to leave teeth marks?!  Is the damage above ground or below? Why I ask is that mice and rabbits etc will be above, but vole damage can be from below as they can dig to reach food underground. They'll be healthy, anyway, with all those anti-oxidants. Good for the kestrels and barn owls. 

Help please Identifying a plant

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:17

It's gaura. H-C

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