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rejuvenating shrubs

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 23:07
I gave my photinia a good chop back in May as it was getting too big for the spot it was in. It looks really healthy and a bit bushier, so give it a go.

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:39
I only shudder to think of that amount of ants running around in a kitchen. I have had a few ants in mine (no food left around ) and I dont like it. I like to think I am quite good when it comes to the wildlife in my garden but sometimes things have to be moved on. My grandchildren play on the lawn a lot, weather permitting, and the last thing I want is for them to be covered in ants from all the nests. There is always some around I know but I dont want the little ones sitting on a nest.

Advice on Pruning Mock Orange

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:27
Not sure why it has'nt flowered frensclan, could be it needs more time to settle in. You could cut it back a bit now but not too much. Hopefully next year you should get some flowers. Being in a pot for so long might have slowed it down a bit. I adore the smell of it, and it looks good too.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:17
I have several in different parts of the garden and they all seem to be ok wether in sun or shade. They do tend to lift themselves out of the garden as they get older, so before I bury them back in I always take a piece off and stick it somewhere else. Never failed to come on yet.

Deadheading RhodedendonDead

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:11
The only difference it would make is one half would look tidy and the other half untidy with brown petals and the old flower head. I prefer to have a tidy looking rhodo.

Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:32
Quite a few of my plants seem to be enjoying this weather, especially the penstemons, fuschias and crocosmias.Verbena bonariensis are shooting skyward and my honeysuckles are the best they have been for years. My phlox seems to be ok as it is in bud and looking good. As you say Frank, its not all doom and gloom. Just wish we could all get out there and enjoy it a bit more.

Dying Acer?

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:19
Hi coltbridge7, its not looking too good is it. Was it pruned drastically ? I always thought Acers did not like being pruned but I could be wrong. ( I am sure I will be corrected on this if I am wrong ) My Acers are much smaller than yours , a different sort I think, but they are never pruned. Sorry cant be of much help, hopefully someone will be along soon that knows more than me.

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:11
Foxgloves, fuschias, geum and penstemon really doing well as are verbena bonariensis, rose of sharon and lavender. Cosmos looking very sorry for themselves as are most of the bedding plants.

Can you help please

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:00
It is a great plant, although it does self seed a lot but really easy to pull out. The blackbirds love the berries.

Advice on Pruning Mock Orange

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 21:55
I agree with Lizzy. New growth will soon cover up any bare branches, and by next year it will fill out and flower well. It is quite a hardy shrub and will tolerate being cut back, you should not kill it by a bit of hard pruning.

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