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identify these please

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 10:42

That clematis colour is stunning!

The best mulch?

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 10:41

Back to the garden in southern France, where it is currently 30 degrees and lovely.

I'd like to mulch some areas that have bare soil around newly establishing plants - is there a best type of mulch to use?

The garden has to look after itself for many months in the year, which is when the weeds really take a hold, plus it is south facing and there is  gardena in place for watering...that also feeds the weeds!

Bare soil is new compost, garden overall is on slightly chalky south of France soil but generally very much improved in the garden.

Free draining too.

Many thanks.

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 10:38


Ficus disease or normal phenolic glands?!

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:47

Ok, update coming up!

o have done everything to my fIcus, in an attempt to 'save' it and I can now confirm that it is indeed a phenolic gland issue and NOT a disease.

So...I cut it right bank about 50cm all over. I removed every leaf that had a white blob underneath. I thinned into the plant too. I staked off top layer of soil (pot definitely still large enough) and top dressed with Vitax Q4 pelleted feed and new compost. Watered in well. I then resited it directly in front of the largest window I have so it gets more sun. I also turn it every 2-3 days.

it looked a bit forlorn for a week or so, then suddenly picked up. Teeny new leaves sprouting everywhere, even on main central stem. All new leaves glossy and green, with no white blobs.

no new white bobs on remaining older leaves either. The sticky, almost sappy stuff costing many of the other leaves, has also gone. It looks like a new plant! No more falling leaves.

so it must become that it had become of age and decided it was time to reproduce...and was producing these glands in order to create the sap stuff, that apparently attfacts pollinating wasps in the amazon, where it is native.

i think that cutting it drastically back forced it to concentrate on growing and hindered into need to be pollinated.

Is my bay tree dead? Please help!

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 16:46

Doest really matter for now - first see if it is still alive, as above!

An ID please

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 22:30

I think this is a weed, but no idea which!

Droopy Cordyline

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 22:23

Cordylines do like sun - and good drainage. There seems to be a lot of stuff in that pot HK and if it is a plastic pot, then it will hold onto moisture even more than a terracotta one, possibly adding to there problem.

It may need a feed and better drainage - they are so often pushed as young plants by sellers, that it may also be pot bound.

I'd lift it gently and have a look, loosening the roots if they are pot bound from before, then repot in a ceramic/terracotta pot with plenty of grit.

By the way, as the newer leaves emerge from the crown, it is normal to have a certain amount of shedding of the older, drier leaves below. You can pull them off once they are dried up and they loosen very easily.

HK yours looks like there is a new leaf emerging at the top!

So does yours Noty 

Last edited: 24 May 2017 22:26:04

A torch reveals...

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 22:17

How cool!

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 14:12

Thank you Obelixx  I like the sound of the almond - does it get very large?

There is a gardena watering system there, so the soil never dries out.

The house is pretty much empty in between visits - someone usually there easter, sometimes February, the again in May/June and again in Se[tmeber/October. Never in summer and rarely in winter.

Thanks again.

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 13:24

There is some space - there were 3 cypresses growing there, after all.

The soil has been very much improved and is slightly acid.

We can't grow anything up the wall, particularly not if it's triffid like...because everything along that wall tends to shoot to the top and over to the neighbours, taking away light from their tiny patios.

Had honeysuckles and jasmines along that bit once, but it's too dark at the bottom, so they go upwards fast, in search of light, leaving our wall mainly covered in twigs!

We're only there 3 times a year or so, so it has to be a containable plant that doesn't need training, really.

Hence why I am a little stumped!

I think we will try an acer there.

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