madpenguin


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What to do with my Bay tree.

Posted: Today at 09:38

The problem I have with my tree is that it is right in the very corner of my garden and I can only access the side in my garden,I can't reach the whole tree as it backs onto 3 other properties.


I think I shall let it grow taller but let it have many branches so I can take out a whole branch without affecting the tallness.I do this with a griselenia,taking out a complete branch ,generally from the inside.This thins it out without changing the shape too much.


I do love the double trunk and if I cut branches off a little higher up it would expose them more.

What to do with my Bay tree.

Posted: Yesterday at 18:24

Yes I think I shall have to see what it does on its own and keep in check when it needs it.I do so want height in the garden,most things seem to be fence height at 6ft.I want the feeling of being enclosed and not quite so exposed!

Pittosporum 'Limelight'

Posted: Yesterday at 18:19

Yes it does very well there.


In my old garden I had a pittosporum that I kept clipped every year.When we left the garden was abandoned as the house was to be demolished.Over the next few years (they didn't demolish straight away!) we kept looking over the garden wall just to see how the garden grew when left to its own devices.The pittosporum did very well and became a nice small tree so think I may just let 'Limelight' grow and see how it behaves!

Last edited: 30 September 2016 18:20:02

Pittosporum 'Limelight'

Posted: Yesterday at 17:57

Similar to my last thread I wondered if I could let my Pittosporum 'Limelight' grow into a small tree to give height to the garden rather than clipping.It is about 14 years old.


What to do with my Bay tree.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:42

I have a bay tree in the corner of my garden.It has been there for 14 years and was previously in a pot for 10 years or so.


Normally I try to keep it clipped to a height of about 6-7ft but it never looks good.


I have been thinking of letting it grow into a tree to give height to the garden.It would need to be pruned from time to time but not 'clipped'.


It has a double trunk and was wondering if I should cut off some of the lower branches as they are very close to the fence so in effect it would branch out once clear of the fence top.


Any advice/help appreciated!



Vine Weevils and nematodes in pots.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:21

Thanks pbff,


I think the trap for the adult beetles has only become available this year.It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has used it and if it is at all effective.

Forum notifications fixed

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:50

I've just had my flurry!!! 

Foliage plant ID please.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 15:05

I think I can answer my own question as to ID.It is Plectranthus coleoides 'Marginatus'.


Another question.If I pot up one of these plants from the garden to overwinter would cuttings taken in the spring make big enough plants for baskets etc in the same year?

Worm shortage

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 15:01

I had a piece of old lawn dug up and the chap who did it said he didn't see a single worm!


The area is now a shrub border and after lots of digging and adding of compost etc now has plenty of worms.


If the conditions are right the worms will turn up!

Last edited: 28 September 2016 15:02:34

Foliage plant ID please.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:42

Had several of these plants for my baskets and containers this year but forgot to keep a record of it's name.It has long shoots so is a sort of trailing plant.It stood up very well to the intense heat of the summer and also high winds.It never once wilted even when plants in the same container did!


I am hoping to take cuttings but will keep the bigger plants outside to see if they survive the winter.


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Couple of ID's please!

 
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Clematis doing well this year!

 
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Crassula ID's

 
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Glyphosate alternative

...and Clopyralid 
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