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Common Ash

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:13

To the rear of our property is a 'heritage hedge' comprising rowan, hornbeam, field maple, hawthorn, sycamore,elder and common ash.  Yesterday we had extremely heavy rain and all the trees were leaning over somewhat, however, by the time evening came all was well.  this morning, we have very breezy conditions and went outside to find one very heavy ash branch bent over to the ground.  We tried to lift it but couldn't, so we've had to take it off.  We have now chopped it up and I have 3 very good 'stems' with good new leafage and I would love to get them rooted somehow.  Is it possible, how would I do it and in pots/containers or back in the ground?  Bearing in mind the terrible ash die-back, and the fact that our 5 ash are in rude health, thank goodness, please tell me this is possible and we can get 3 new trees from this!

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:43

Convollaria (lily-of-the-valley); polygonatum (Solomon's seal); euphorbia; by constant splitting of plants, you could put hostas in there - they have some beautiful varieties and the neighbours/friends/relatives will be grateful of new plants every year.

Leggy Courgettes seedlings

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:32

I, too, planted mine out about 3 weeks ago.  All are galloping along nicely and I live in high hopes of a good crop this year.  I amended the very indifferent soil this year, so maybe that's why - also they are quite sheltered.

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:37

Me again.  Photinia is easy to spot as the new leaves are all red and the plant has constantly red and green leaves at the same time.  I guess the best way is to hard prune all 4, get rid of all of the 'dross' and wait and see what happens.  You may not get a proper flowering for a couple of years, but they'll all benefit in the end.

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:22

Okay - know of any crop-sprayers around...

Weed ID

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:21

Careful as it depends on which type of poppies you are talking about.  The small yellow and orange (Icelandic?) poppies are hugely invasive.  I lived with these for 18 years in my last garden and all I could do was 'control' them to the best of my ability.  If they are the lovely red ones, I think you'll be okay.  I'd pot up a couple then gather the seeds when they've flowered, that way you can 'coddle' the plants a bit in the beginning and then sow the seeds exactly where you want them later in the year.

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:13

Plant 1 looks like a weigela to me.  And the second one could just possibly be a photinia - are the leaves red when they appear?  No. 3 looks a little like an overgrown choisya and if the 'twiny one' is plant 4, I agree; I think it is clematis armandii. 

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:07

Does anyone else have a problem with red spider mites this year.  I noticed a couple in the conservatory but after a thorough inspection of plants, couldn't find an infestation.  Did a quick spray anyway.  However, now I notice they are everywhere outside.  Went out to my composter this a.m. and they're on the lid, same on the bin and on my paths.  Where are they coming from and how do I get rid of them when they are all over the place?

Any problems with my choisya?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 09:27

Some plants just don't do what they 'should' - maybe because they haven't read the RHS manual.  I had a choisya (dark green leaves) that came off a 'sale' rack.  It was puny and hubby thought I should just throw it away.  I trimmed it off and put it in a new 'woodland' border (shaded by house and large yew and hawthorn) facing north, getting only the very late evening sun in the summer.  Surrounded by hostas, ferns and other shae-loving plants, it grew and grew and was covered in flowers during the season over the next few years.  The only reason it died was that we had a big snowfall one winter's night and it was split into 3 with the weight of the snow - no saving it this time.  I think it's more the care and attention given to plants after they are planted that matters; even once a week for a quick hoe to weed and loosen the soil, water when required, etc.

Garden ruined

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 17:53

Standing on my head, I see you have large bare patches as well.  So, firstly scarify (drag a wire leaf rake or similar thoroughly through the grass) which will lift old 'thatch'.  Then aerate (you have a small lawn, so shouldn't take long but will work you hard!).  After that, follow Busy-Lizzie's advice...although with the really bare patches, personally I'd buy a ready-mixed "4-in-1" for this year.  As B-L said, it won't look pretty to start but keep at it over the summer (pulling any weeds and  taking care of those bald patches) and keeping it cut regularly (not too short).  Then in the autumn look for "Autumn Weed and Feed" so you treat it ready for winter.  By next summer, once you've done the full spring treatment again, you'll have a lawn that the neighbours will envy!  You will never get rid of weeds but you can control them to a degree; it just takes a certain amount of dedication. Like all living things, including we ladies, it just needs to be pampered regularly...

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