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Cherry plum suckers

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:30

In part of my garden there are a couple of pink-flowered, purple-leaved cherry plums, Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii'. They must be grafted, because loads of thorny suckers with white flowers have appeared near them. One corner has been neglected, and the suckers have achieved tree-like proportions. I cut them all down today, but I'm assuming that I can't use glyphosate stump killer on them as that might affect the trees. Am I right? Any ideas for controlling the suckers?

Combining climbers for year-round foliage - Wisteria and clematis?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:00

Do think about the pruning, though. It's hard to give two intertwined climbers different treatments (says one who has tried!). The wisteria will need pruning in mid-winter, when the clematis should be at its best and you won't want to be chopping bits off.

Buying new secauters

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:20

You need to try them for size in your hand. Many are much too wide for my hands. I've spent a fortune on secateurs over the years and I've come to the conclusion that it's not worth paying a lot, just keep sharpening them and chuck them out when the spring breaks. Lidl are selling two types from Thursday for £2.69!

Another plant/shrub that needs identifying :) Thank you

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:15

Definitely Ribes sanguineum. Just trying to kill one that doesn't want to die!

rosa rugosa

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:42

It will grow quite tall, I have a hedge of them and I have to cut it down to around 2 metres to keep it in check. The flowers have a glorious scent, and there are huge hips like tomatoes. It's also very prickly. I've seen it grown in supermarket carparks etc, where it forms a nice mound.

Can anyone please identify these plants?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:56

I haven't come across it either, it's very attractive.

Edit - just looked it up, its common name is Whorled Coralroot and it comes from Eastern Europe. Apparently it likes to grow by ditches and streams.

Please identify

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:54

They look like hyacinths to me - there's a flower bud on one.

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:47

Might no.4 be a Weigela, mine is just coming into leaf.

Last 3 plant ID's

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 13:56

Bittercress is an annual, as you say, but it can have several generations in one year, which is why it's important to get rid of it before it can flower and go to seed. Hoeing is OK at this stage. Once it's gone to seed you can't touch it without the seed pods exploding and firing the tiny seeds everywhere - it's a very efficient mechanism to keep the species going!

Incidentally, there are two similar species of bittercress, Hairy and Wavy (Cardamine hirsuta and C. flexuosa). It isn't possible to tell the difference at the seedling stage, but they are both equally undesirable in gardens.

Last 3 plant ID's

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:43

Those seedlings are definitely bittercress - out with them! The Hebe could be 'Red Edge'.

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