Jess is in the Garden

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Is my bay tree dead? Please help!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 22:33

Dunk the whole root ball (without pot) into a bucket of water and leave an hour.

You may be too late though, I fear.

Bays are tough though, you never know.

If it survives, repot it into a larger pot with some fresh compost.

Keep it in the shade until you see it recover.

A total mystery

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 22:28

Could this be a dahlia?

Hi any ideas of what this plant is please?

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 22:20

Get some ladybird larvae to feast on those aphids - they'll have a field day!

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 22:16

And here is a dreadful photo taken by my mum, complete with thumb! Still, it gives a bit if an idea....

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 22:14

Here's the info!

Lots of east sun all spring and summer, but in winter only an hour or so.

10ft high wall to the right.

Behind is a summerhouse (north facing).

Gets a little south sun/west fun from May-August when it can come high enough over the wall.

Slightly acid soil. Currently a bed that contains a camellia bush, some ferns and cyclamens.

Gets quite dry in that corner.

I was thinking that a large deciduous shrub like a philadelphus, which covers the (rather ugly) wall, could work, or does it need more sun in Autumn, early spring and winter?

I don't think there is full enough sun for a lemon or olive, which I'd really like!

It's in south of France so very hot in summer, but cold nights and wet in winter.

A Daphne?

Ideally something low-ish maintenance, as we're not always there to prune and pamper. Also something that won't grow out  of control in that great climate, fir the same reason!

As winter sun is very limited, would deciduous be preferable to evergreen?

oh there used to be 3 large cypresses close by, recently cut down as were too large for the plot and were taking away lots of light.

Thank you 


Posted: 19/05/2017 at 20:01

Deter the cats!

There are way that are humane and effective.

I've got a car deterrent that works with ultrasound to emit a noise they dislike - they haven't been in that bit of the garden since.

Pepper in beds also works, as does garlic powder - but get washed away so you have to reapply.

Pieces of bamboo cane stuck in bare ground so they can't scratch or dig also work.

Ultimately moggies are creatures of habit so if you upset their routine they will eventually go elsewhere.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 20:01:35

Suitable narrow hedging plant

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 19:57

I've never seen a lilac in  pot, but I know there are smaller, shrub varieties like Syringa Microphylla - not sure how much they'd like a pot life though.

Does it have to be a hedge or shrub? What about a clematis from the group that doesn't need pruning? There are scented versions.

A common jasmine may work too - some are pretty much evergreen in warmer areas.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 19:57:56

Flowers for birds

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 19:54

Verbena bonariensis - they are lovely, self seeding annuals that grow fast and give masses of tiny purple flowers atop long stalks, late summer and autumn.

The goldfinches come and peck the seeds out of mine.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 19:54:40

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 19:52

You three crack me up 

Ok - I shall leave well alone and have the occasional words, poke etc.

All the lovely, new stems have withered and drooped, and these are the last two, so am not holding our much hope...

We shall see.

Thanks for all your help 

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:33

Thanks Fairygirl - so you don't think it looks like wilt or snail/slug damage? No need for me to prune it right back to encourage new growth? I'm worried I would kill it off completely if I did that now...

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Best plant for an east facing site

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Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

No idea what is wrong with it... 
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Small Tree I.D.

Can't remember the name! 
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Ficus disease or normal phenolic glands?!

Utterly stumped - please help as it's losing all its leaves... 
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Pest on my house ficus

Leaves drying and falling off 
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Plant ID please

Is this a tree? 
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Planting in area where cypresses have lived

Do I need to improve the soil at all? 
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Ill mimosa tree

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Bracken fungus in a dead trunk

Should I get rid of it in case it spreads elsewhere? 
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South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Enclosed, walled, south facing garden 
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Please ID this one for me!

Cutting from somebody I've lost touch with.  
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GW iplayer not working

- unable to watch tonight's episode! 
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Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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