Jean Genie

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japanese maple

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 10:12

I didn't really want to re- pot it but had no choice . The wooden container it was in had rotted and the compost was cascading everywhere !

Thanks for your advice , Feel better now as it really is one of my favourites.

Do you have any advice on my bird of paradise plant with the weird flower stalks ? I've posted a question. Many thanks .

Garden gaffes

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 14:20

Any idea how big this silver birch is gonna grow ?

Garden gaffes

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 13:05

We' ve all done it at one time or another. Planted something  in wrong location, wrong soil, too shady, too sunny.

Can anyone beat this ? Years ago I purchased a Viburnum macrocephalum ( Snowball Bush ) by mail order - planted it and everything seemed to be going well until I noticed a sucker appearing so I pruned it off as you do . What I didn't realise was it was a grafted shrub and yes you've guessed it I pruned off the wrong stem !!!

I'm now the proud owner of a 20ft silver birch tree - haha ! Never mind , the birds love it and it's somewhere to hang the fat balls. However don't know what the neighbours think !!!

bird of paradise

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 22:13

Depends on which one you have but they do grow enormous !  There' s a few species that grow even bigger . I had to give one away last year because it was taking over but they like to be potbound and let it almost dry out in winter Think if you keep it warm and put it in a sunny spot it should be ok . I waited 2 years for it to flower but when it did , it was spectacular. Don' t know whats happened this year though - just going to leave it and see what happens You may be interested to know that it's fed occasionaly on the ash from incense sticks as are some of my other flowering plants - my hibiscus thrives on it . It  seems to really enhance the blooms . Was a bit concerned at first because I was worried about the chemical content but it really works ! Quirky  - but true !!! Good luck with your B.O.P

bird of paradise

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 21:29

Hi , I've got a bird of paradise ( the STREZ word which I can't spell !! ) It's flowered beautifully the last few years however this year it's got the flower spikes but at the top they look like they 've withered and feel like paper . They live in the conservatory and I have 'nt done anything different . It's about 3ft and  about 6 years old .

Any ideas ?  Thanks.

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:11

Will they grown in pots I've grown some from seed and put a few in a pot .

Weird plant

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 19:48

Looks like the flower spike from a partrige - breasted aloe. I 've got two growing in the conservatory . They flowered in April but they were orangey - red . Did you notice any colour ?  Don't know much about them as mine were given to me as gifts so unsure .


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 18:20

I too am a slave to my pots but would probally have to employ another slave to help with the watering if I had as many as Bookertoo !!

I 've got a love affair going on with Sambucus at the moment - one's a nigra black lace ( which looks a bit like a black acer ) and the other is a Black Beauty. Just a little bit different . They are both growing well in large pots and you can restrict the size of them. They both don't mind a good haircut and the only problem I've had with them is the occasional bout of blackfly but sort that out with a good squirt of soapy water. The flowers are pretty as well.

Anyone got any info on bird of paradise ( can't spell the strez name !! ) Mine hasn't flowered this year - got flower stalks but think they've perished.


Solanum Crispum

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 21:53

According to my bible the R H S encyclopedia you should just give it a light trim in spring if needed it doesn't mention deadheading. I had a beauty until the bad winter the year before last seen it off ! Never deadheaded it and it flowered like a gud un Just gave it a good feed of blood fish and bone early spring . Is it in a suunny spot ?

HELP !!!!!what about ground cover plants- does it work?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 20:08

Whatever you do don't plant Houttuuynia to use as ground cover I planted some cordata chameleon and it turned into a triffid - very pretty but very invasive !

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