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Posted: Yesterday at 19:06

Hi Greenfoot. Click on the little camera icon at the top right of your text box and follow instructions. Sometimes pictures are too large and need making smaller.


Posted: Yesterday at 18:14

Hi le-raine. I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Do you mean you have a grafted Salix? I think from your description that might be it. If the top of the plant has different leaves to the bottom it means that the root stock (what the upper bit has been grafted on to) is now growing its own leaves. What you have to do is remove ALL leaves that grow below the graft and keep doing that or they will take over and you will lose the nicer top growth.

Plant ID's

Posted: Yesterday at 18:09

GD what a wonderful excuse for paying another visit to the garden and finding out I never need any excuse for going to Garden Centres. They are far more lovely than going shopping in the awful anonymous shopping malls that are springing up everywhere. I feel claustrophobic in malls - far preferring the high street where I can see the sky and breathe real air.


Posted: Yesterday at 18:01

If it was up to me I would take off the gravel. I would then add a thick mulch of either well rotted horse manure, compost such as home made or spent mushroom compost and pile all that on. As you aren't doing anything until next season the weathering effects of frost etc will help to make the soil more friable (crumbly) and any worms in the soil will pull the mulch down into the soil - again improving it. Clay is an excellent soil to have once it becomes more workable as it is rich in nutrients. It will have been a bit compressed under the gravel so I wouldn't give up on it.

Perennials for west facing light shade

Posted: Yesterday at 17:48

Hi B3. Miniature Rhododendrons, Astilbes, Soldanella for at the front of the border/bed. Tiarellas, Hostas, Zantedeschia, Japanese Painted Fern, Snowdrops, native Primulas and Primula florindae types.

comfrey and fertilizer

Posted: Yesterday at 15:37

Hi wazman. Words of warning. Both horseradish and comfrey are absolute thugs in the garden. Once you have horseradish you will never be able to get rid of it. There is a cultivar of comfrey called Bocking 14 which is the one to go for as it is non invasive unlike its unruly relative.

tulip bulbs

Posted: Yesterday at 15:30

Rachel, they are an absolute disgrace. I would be on to the suppliers asap. How they had the nerve to send out something as poor quality as that is beyond belief.

Let us know who it was so we can avoid.

p.p.s. I think that is a mould growing on the bulb.

Last edited: 27 August 2016 15:32:02

Climber For Large Container

Posted: Yesterday at 15:26

Hi. I would recommend the evergreen Honeysuckle Lonicera halliana. Its flowers are highly scented and it is very vigorous. You may have to provide some support for it against the wall.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:20

That's very interesting news Berghill and definitely something to keep an eye out for. Thanks for letting us know.

Frog traps

Posted: Yesterday at 13:45

pp I like planes too (RAF brat!) Nothing can beat the Spitfire!

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