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worried about oleander

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 21:09

Hi Averil 2, A picture paints a thousand words if you can get one but at first guess I would agree with your gut feeling that it might be frost damage, we have had some very cold nights recently.  If we are threatened with more frost you could try and protect it by wrapping the pot and plant in fleece overnight and removing it in the morning.  I'm not an expert by any means but I don't think the damage shown on your plant so far will do it any harm apart from being a little unsightly.  Hopefully you will soon receive some more advice from others. Good Luck.

Clematis for Breakfast

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 21:01

Georgial - any chance of a photo?  

Ribes sanguineum

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:57

I'm not sure if my Ribes sanguineum is a 'Brocklebankii' or 'King Edward V!!'.  I have had it about 4 years and pruned it hard last year.  It is a nice bushy plant now and the branches that have flowered are very showy but some branches have not flowered at all.  Is this because it flowers on old branches? I would be surprised at that because you are advised to prune hard.  I can't remember what I did last year so in pruning, which is due soon, does anyone know which branches I choose? Cheers

Water butt not filling

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 16:36

That's handy to know thanks Koalagirl.  My water butt pipe is very slightly too low so it does overflow when it's full.  I am waiting for a dry spell to emply the butt so I can raise it very slightly where it sits.  

Any ideas to clean the water butt? I opened it last week and it was full of smelly gunk from the gutter! When I get around to cleaning it, any ideas?  Just reach in and get to  what areas I can or add a solution to clean it that wont hurt the plants?

Water Feature

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 20:33

Thanks for that, I think I will definately look at that option.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 21:13

I've had last week and this off work as 'holiday' purely to work in my garden in Wiltshire ( a bit of re-design).  I got a little done last week and this week was all about making raised beds, shaping the lawn, adding a water feature (ha ha) pea shingle and adding hooks and things to fences and sheds to store wheelbarrows and ladders etc.  Well....this week I have treated the wood for the raised beds....then looked at it for the last three days while it has done nothing but rain.  Oh there was a change this afternoon ....hailstones!  It's getting boring now, I'd be happy for just one day between now and Sunday to get something done pleeeease.  

What is this weed?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:51

Hi Sarah, If it is in the 'geranium' family I tackled something like this in my garden, except mine were two plants one light purple and one dark purple.  It was the only living thing in my garden when I moved in and at first I thought it was lovely, then as I got more into my garden, found it was creeping up everywhere.  It sends its roots out in fairly shallow soil underground so the first thing you see a few feet away is yet another green shoot.  I tried some sprays but in the end, just dug up everything I could find.  It wasn't too difficult as they were shallow roots but it did go on...and on a bit but it's gone now (fingers crossed).  I did give a fair bit away with the warning that it will take over a space if you want ground cover.  It will provide you with lots of lovely flowers in the summer that the bees love, but sometimes, some things just need to be appreciated in a pot! 

Water Feature

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:16

I'm thinking about purchasing a slate stack water feature and have seen them on line and at a garden centre ranging from £90 to £230 usually sold in 50, 60 or 75cm height but was wondering if anyone has any experience with them.  I realise that they will weather with time but can be roughly cleaned when I need to and it's obviously easier to buy the whole thing in one 'kit' but has anyone ever tried to build their own?  Have you found any maintenance drama with them or decided not to buy one for any reason?   Thanks. 

What are these?

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 21:36

I'd love to say I know, but I can't help I'm afraid.  Under the outer cover they do seem to have slilght ridges (see the right one - like three doughnuts on top of one another), the only thing I have in my garden like that are cocosmia tubers which sit very near the surface, maybe they are related in some way?

I do want to know now so hopefully a guru will reply to you

help to identify plant

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 21:27

Hope you are going to keep it then

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Greenhouse beginner

It's all too soggy! 
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Ribes sanguineum

Half of it flowered. 
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Water Feature

Slate Stack 
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