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First Flower Bed, Beneath Amelanchier?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 15:56

Try this link:

It has lots of ideas.  You'll need to think about aspect of the actual border, soil type, etc. and it will also need more watering than a normal flowerbed because of the tree's thirst but I think it will 'lift' your garden. 

Tomatoes gone wild

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 15:53

I bought 4 tomato plants from a large garden centre - Tumbler, 2 yellow and 2 red.  I've had these before but never have they acted like this.  They are "no need to pinch out sideshoots and no need to support" types - they tumble over the sides of the pots (or rather, that's what they are supposed to do).  My 4 are really, really healthy, with masses of fruit appearing plus loads more flowers; however, they are all between 75-100 cm tall and show no signs of either tumbling down or stopping growing.  They're in an unheated greenhouse (as always), watered and fed regularly (as always) and generally well treated.  Anyone else got this problem this year?  And when I put them out at the back of the house (on a south-facing wall in a sheltered garden)  to aid my neighbour when watering when we're on holiday, should I stake them just in case it gets windy?  In case anyone thinks they were mislabelled in the garden centre, they came from the centre of a very large display of it's not a random case of mistaken identity.

Whats the best climber for FULL SHADE?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:33

Many, many climbers will grow in shade - but you do need some light! Agree with all these, particularly Hydrangea petiolaris.  Also, check your soil - is it damp or dry, clay, loam or sand?  Whatever you choose, ensure you treat the soil accordingly.

What is this plant please??

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:29

Agree - more common name is scabiosa.

Cotinus coggygria

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 15:02

Thank you so much.  Edd, that's just what I needed.  I thought I probably could, but it's always best to check.

sorry if I 'whined' about being unnoticed!!

Cotinus coggygria

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:47

Many, many posts since I asked this question only yesterday and all of them with at least one answere.  Is anyone there able to answer my question, please?!!


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 17:00

Have a look in the garden centre at shrub foods.  Read the labels - then make your mind up.  They all give quantities and frequency.  More important is the quality of your soil...keep it well 'fed' with compost, leaf mould, etc.  If you are on very poor soil and can't make compost/leaf mould, go back to looking at labels.

On-line purchases

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:57

I've bought a couple of things from Hayloft Plants...they seem to have thrived and prices are comparable with most sites.  Parker's Bulbs are fine - but ONLY if you buy bulbs, for which they are well known.  Their plants are iffy.  Don't buy too cheaply - one good one will fare much better than 3 cheapos.

Cotinus coggygria

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:54

Having liberated (without smashing) my large pot-bellied pot - as described last week - I have a question.  How do Cotinus coggygria fare in containers?  I have been looking at Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit - Ancot' today, and it would look lovely near the front door, especially as the blue sheen on the pot would go so well with the lovely golden foliage of the plant.  Having had the purple variety as a tree in my last garden, I know how easy they are to look after and I know that they accept hard pruning to keep them small and shapely (I was going to say 'just like me' but I would just be lying to you...).  Any ideas, pretty please?

Repotting - a word to the wise

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 09:03

Strangely, no problem with slugs, even the hostas stay healthy.  My main problem with pots is ants.  Had to repot (same day as the dreaded pot-belly!) my dwarf azalea as, when I moved the pot, hundreds of ants fell out of the bottom hole.  Had the same problem (except they were orange) with my rhubarb (planted in the fruit bed) - and don't get me going on the compost bin, the lawns, one part of the flagstones along the back ...

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Discussions started by lydiaann

Tomatoes gone wild

They didn't read the label 
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Cotinus coggygria

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Repotting - a word to the wise

Shape of the pot 
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Why plant daffs in October?

They do just as well if you wait until March! 
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The perennial problem of black spot 
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Runner beans

Not good 
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Common Ash

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Red Spider Mite

They're everywhere! 
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Curly leaves on my plum

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To prune or not to prune

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Field maple

Fungus or disease? Deadly or a cosmetic problem? 
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Mystery tree

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Ants in the compost bin

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Pruning Rowan/Mountain Ash

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