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A total mystery

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 13:21

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 09:25

I know, I'm sorry! I'm not there at the moment, so can't take any others. There were some whopping cypresses in that space though, so there is the soil for a shrub or tree. Was thinking an acer may work well, only east sun and then protected from harsh summer sun as it's then mainly in the shade...

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 09:13

Any thoughts?

Hi any ideas of what this plant is please?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 09:11

Does elder stink?! Is it a particular type that stinks?

Mine is a black lace sambuca elder and it doesn't stink at all 

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

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