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Japanese anemone

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:24

Hmmmm, don't talk to me about vine weevil, as I'm at constant war with mine 

With weevil damage, the plant will literally keel over and die, just like that.

Could be.

My anemones haven't all flowered this year. The ones I moved last autumn and this spring were sulking, so didn't yield. The ones I didn't touch from last year were fine.

They're quite stroppy if you move them... 

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:21

My potted eucalyptus (inherited from anther gardener) lasted about 5 years, but was too big even in a large pot on a sunny patio and was dying to get out.

 however, my acer palmatum is very happy in its pot in semi shade, sheltered and I have put two olive tees in post on my sunny patio and they love it. They like poor soil (in Greece they often grow in the sand), are very slow growing and don't mind some drought either. Need to be fee draining though and will appreciate a mulch and feed in spring.

Sort of depends on what aspect your garden is and how sheltered it is too.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:17

Mine are going the same way, OP.

I deadhead as much as I can, thin out and chuck the bits that have stopped yielding any flowers too.

Autumn is on the way....

 

saving trees from a new garden building

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:26

saving trees from a new garden building

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:12

My neighbour talks to her rowan tree - apparently it's a tree steeped in mythology, as it was believed to protect one's home with its magical powers.

My neighbour refuses to move hers, even though it's in the wrong place for her to grow other things,  because moving it could harm the witch spirits who reside in it.

 

Shes lovely, my neighbour 

Plant disruption - Spring or Autumn

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:07

I would agree with Autumn as well. Gives plants time to set down roots whilst the soil is still warm enough, before the weather gets really cold.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:05

Ooh I'm drooling at the dahlias in here!

I suppose my Marina violas, olive trees, pyracantha and cyclamen hederifoliums are my favourites at the moment.

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:01

Thank you both so much for for your responses - the RHS site is very good. Looks like a fussy plant to grow, whether indoors or out! I'm sure you're not thick at all Philippa!

Beaus: I'm not sure which type it is, but it was bought as an outdoor plant many moons ago, in a garden centre and I would guess it's probably a big standard G. jasminoides, as the leaves and flowers look right. London has had some very mild winters lately, so yes, it was partly that and partly keeping it along a very sheltered west wall which probably helped it to survive. 

Off to get my compost sorted now! And a better pot. And a gravel tray. And a pair of kid gloves. Maybe I ougut. to talk to it nicely too....

Begonia problem

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:15

Try searching for an Eco spray that you can buy ready made up, or make up and dilute yourself, called SB Invigorator Spray (I buy mine in amazon) - it's based on plant oils, non toxic to everything and leaves, fruit etc can be harvested straightaway.

I've been using it in my  garden to control aphids, spider mites and the like, with amazing results. Because it helps the plants by giving it super healthy, invigorated leaves, it also helps to control mildew In my clematis.

i also use it a couple of times a year in my indoor plants and it rejuvenated them very well.

if this doesn't work or your mildew is too advanced, pick off as many affected leaves as you can, spray with SB, leave a week, and if no improvement use a systemic fungicide. That'll definitely control it.

But a healthy plant with healthy leaves, that isn't overcrowded and has good ventilation is also the key to reducing mildew attacks.

Good luck!

North facing Porch

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:04

You're welcome. 

If sarcococca can be grown in a pot, then you have the most amazing smelling flowers over winger time.always a bonus!

 https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1784

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Gardenia to be moved

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Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Plant. ID please!

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Garden design courses

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pests ID needed please!

Rudbeckia, Hebe, Rosemary and Marjoram 
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jasminium stephanense

Never flowered... 
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Dwarf apple tree

How and when to protect the fruit? 
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Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Do they usually flower? 
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tools I no longer need

where can I sell them? 
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