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plant(s) to cover low stone boundary wall

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 10:16

I have cleared a long-neglected border at the front of my house. The border sits behind a low (30") limestone boundary wall.

I'm searching for something that can be trained fairly tightly against, and partially over, the wall. Can herringbone Cotoneasters be controlled this much without ruining their natural form? Another possibility I've considered is a variegated Ivy.

Any suggestions please.


Help identifying 2 plants

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 17:07

Thanks for your replies everyone, I'm happy to have a mongrel geranium. The felty leaves and gorgeous blue flowers are enough for me. I will certainly try growing the fox and cubs.

Help identifying 2 plants

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 13:28

I know this is a perennial geranium, does anyone know what the variety is?

Spotted this plant on a walk in the Peak District today, anyone know what it is?

Sickly Fatsia

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 08:21

Sorry, bumping

Sickly Fatsia

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 15:20

Something is causing new stems on my Fatsia to wilt. There appears to be physical damage to the surface of the stems. At the outermost limit of this damage, the remaining stem is much thinner and from this pinch point, the stem and leaf eventually drop off.

I noticed when taking the photographs that the underneath of a very new, small leaf was covered in blackfly.

Any ideas please?   Thanks

Disinfecting terracotta pots

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 14:24

Thanks Steve and Tetley. I did wonder whether a household disinfectant like Dettox would do the job, but was a bit worried that it might leave a residue that affected later occupants of the pot.

Steve - all the Jeyes range is intended for outdoor use - but I think its downright evil.

Tetley - would that be fish 'n' chip or white vinegar?

Disinfecting terracotta pots

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 12:09

Several of my container-grown Dahlias developed a crown gall last year. Following advice on RHS site, I disposed of plants and compost, but haven't cleaned the pots yet.

I know many people would recommend using Jeyes Fluid, but I absolutely hate the stuff! It smells vile and the only time I used it to clean plastic pots and trays, it left a greasy, oily sheen on everything.

I've seen a product called Citrox online. Can anyone recommend this, or suggest another, effective way of disinfecting the pots?


Dahlia tuber looking odd

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 12:55

Yes, that looks like it. Thanks BTG

Dahlia tuber looking odd

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 11:27

I have just taken my few dahlias out of their terracotta pots ready to go into winter storage in the garage. One of the clumps looks very strange. The 'shoulders' - from which the stems grew, have a very granular surface and are creamy in colour. Gentle pressure with a fingernail removes small lumps of the stuff. All the tubers lower down look and feel perfect.

Any ideas? 

I would have posted a pic, but my phone's camera isn't working

What is eating my overwintering Chinese cabbage

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 19:23

Thanks pansyface and Steve309

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plant(s) to cover low stone boundary wall

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Help identifying 2 plants

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Sickly Fatsia

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What is eating my overwintering Chinese cabbage

Destroying the heart and leaving loads of frass 
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Yet another plant ID

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Renovating neglected Chaenomeles

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Is this blight?

leaves on container-grown potatoes looking sickly 
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One probable weed, one possible keeper

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Two plant ID's please

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Can anyone identify this please?

Creeping grass? 
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Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

lant out young Buddleia davidii now or overwinter in cold g/h 
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Collapsing Cosmos

Looking generally tired, foliage turning brown and crisp 
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Private Messages

PM behaviour seems odd... or is it just me? 
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