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Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:01

Red Hot Poker?

Plant ID for a friend

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:29

....and 'Jack in the Pulpit'.

Our wild garden is full of them. The reddish orange berries are extremely poisonous.

Weigelas dropping it's buds

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 16:25

I have a number of weigelas in pots grown from cuttings taken three years ago, planted in standard all purpose compost

After one year, although small, they were covered in flowers. However last year they all dropped their buds before they opened. As the pots they were in were probably a bit too small and they dried out too quickly I thought that might be the problem.

This year I moved them into larger pots at the end of the winter and they looked promising, but the same thing has happened again. So far not one bud has actually bloomed.

Has anyone any idea what might be wrong?

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 16:09

Many years ago, before wild flowers became as protected as they are now, my father transplanted wild primroses into his borders and they just grew and grew.

Some time later the council decided to widen the trackway from where he had collected them and simply bulldozed the verge and hedge, heaped everything up and burned it, leaving not one wild primrose.

In this instance the 'theft' payed off as the border flowers gradually spread themselves back into the wild for others to enjoy.

That said, I disapprove of those who treat the countryside as a free garden centre.

Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:19

Thanks. A good selection there. I already have a few hydrangeas from cuttings so I'll try them and there's already ivy there. Perhaps not ideal is weigela, but I have cuttings of those so I might use them - unless anyone knows they're not a good idea. Ideally I'd like native shrubs, but they're less common in garden centres.

I have foxgloves and bluebells already that can move themselves in now the ground has been cleared, but I'd like a few native ferns and other native species that can be left to get on with it. A scattering of woodland flower mixture perhaps.

I can see I'm going to be busy!

Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 12:34

I have 140 feet of north-facing larch lap fence which needs planting against with shrubs or hardy perennials. The ground is further shaded by trees growing on the other side of the fence which creates heavy shade where I want to plant.

If anyone has successfully grown anything in these conditions I'd be grateful for some advice on what to plant.


Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:28

Thanks everyone. I've poked a few holes in the bottom. Have filled one and starting on a second and probably a third. Too many black bags Welshonion. Had already filled twenty-five before I thought of the bulk bags.

Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 16:50

I'm sure I'm not the first to do this, but I've used builders' bulk bags to store gathered leaves to rot down. I don't know how well this method will work, so if anyone has any experience of this technique I'd be interested to hear.

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:21

 I found it struggling to the surface whilst raking leaves. When I first found it it was a vivid cobalt blue. It's leggy leaves are in the photo too.

Foxglove cuttings - anyone tried it?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 10:34

Two of my last years largest foxgloves are still standing and have produced loads of small healthy plantlets all up the stem. Has anyone ever tried to take these as cuttings. I really liked the colour of the parent plant's flowers. I know how easy they are from seed - they're everywhere, but I like a challenge. If anyone knows if it can be done please let me know.

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Discussions started by Lordswood

Weigelas dropping it's buds

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Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

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Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

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Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

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Foxglove cuttings - anyone tried it?

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Last Post: 24/03/2015 at 10:33

Spectacular failures thanks to capsid bugs- I think

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Weigela in containers?

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Blue hydrangea

How do I get my hydrangea to turn blue? 
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Last Post: 07/05/2013 at 20:50

Does my apple tree have a future?

Does my apple tree have a future after fire blight? 
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