London (change)
Today °C / °C
Tomorrow °C / °C

Jess is in the Garden


Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

Is my garden shady?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:20

Hi Nitram,

 

its a fabulous exposure - I have that in part of my garden too.

agree with salino- I have some sun lovers in that exposure and they're very happy.

depending on what colours you like, try some of the cranesbill pernennial geraniums - they love partial shade. Also astilbes (they come in many different shades, huecheras (ditto for colours), acers, irises, ferns, some camellias, some roses and clematis varieties...the possibilities are endless! 

Actually, the hottest sun is from 1/2pm onwards, so your plants will need to be quite happy with that as they'll have more hours in the sun than out.

Name that shrub

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:43

Photo please 

Name that shrub

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:56

 Me too

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:35

Thanks Dave - will do. Bloomin' pests...

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:29

Blimey Muddy - that's not good news Am I best off chucking them out, do you think, before they spread, or do they tend to prefer certain plants over others?

many thanks for your advice.

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:32

Hello,

I'm a bit stupid when it comes to identifying these pests - never had them before.

I'm attaching some photos, in the hope somebody has been there before!

The Rudbeckia was doing so well up until a week ago and most of the leaves are now damaged.

The Hebe has some dried, brown-edged leaves around the outside of the plant mainly and has lost the freshness it had a while ago. same with the 

The rosemary, marjoram, plus some thymes and other smaller shrubs, all have a strange spotty yellow appearance on the leaves.

What's going on?! 

Also, I have been cleaning up those revolting little yellow/green grubs that sit in a little hammock of what looks like spit (!), in the crook of a plant stem, all week - they are everywhere. They hatch into a flying insect I think, but I can't recall the name. Thought they were harmless to plants though? 

Help!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46583.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46584.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46585.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46587.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46588.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46589.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

 

japanese acers

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:50

Ps: you can also very lightly trim dead tips on acres, without harming them. I usually do this when they are dormant, in autumn after the leaves have dropped. They don't like hard pruning, but you are allowed to take off the odd crossed branch or dead tip 

japanese acers

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:48

Agree with Hostafan 100%.

I once chatted to an acer grower-specialist and they told me that as a rough guide, they need reporting every 3-4 years. She also mentioned that if you don't have the space for a larger pot, it's ok to lift them from their existing pot once the leaves have dropped in autumn, trim the roots, then repot in good compost. she also advised me to use seaweed extract feed rather than what I was using (like you), as it helps to rebalance the acidity in its soil, which it will like. They don't like watering with tap water for too long either, as this is too alkaline and reduces the acidity in their soil. Using seaweed apparently restores this acidity balance. Lastly, she advised me to leave a watering can out to collect rainwater in and use this to water my acers in dry spells. Seems to work and they're the happiest I have ever seen them!

jasminium stephanense

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:42

Aaaaah, thanks Salino, that has given me hope! Man in garden centre told me to prune it every year - this way before I knew anything about plants  - so it's still rather short...possibly also a reason for no flowers? I haven't touched it for almost 2 years now and it's about 5ft or so - very lush and green.

 

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
Replies: 10    Views: 171
Last Post: 29/01/2015 at 10:02

Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
Replies: 46    Views: 959
Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 19:34

Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
Replies: 17    Views: 340
Last Post: 28/01/2015 at 19:32

Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
Replies: 7    Views: 199
Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
Replies: 6    Views: 323
Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
Replies: 31    Views: 1135
Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 19:48

Hellebores

Best online retailer? 
Replies: 28    Views: 1067
Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 13:12

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
Replies: 6    Views: 260
Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
Replies: 3    Views: 204
Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
Replies: 15    Views: 484
Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
Replies: 9    Views: 325
Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
Replies: 17    Views: 360
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43

Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
Replies: 13    Views: 403
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:07

Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Why?? 
Replies: 4    Views: 280
Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 12:25

Garden design courses

The best of the crop. 
Replies: 7    Views: 333
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 06:47
1 to 15 of 66 threads