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Clemaitis lovers - please identify

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 11:47

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Apple-tree die-back?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 10:55




Plant ID's please

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 10:47

Hey Paul!

The pics are a little hard to make out.

|The first two look like azalea - they stay green all year (evergreen) and mine do red/pink leaves in spring just before they flower.

The third one is a lovely heather! Wish I could grow these

The last one looks like heuchera -

Hope this helps.  I also find this site amazing for finding out which plants are what and how to look after them -



Roses with no buds

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 10:40

I dont know if it would help them flower but I was told that banana skins are an excellent rose food - try feeding them it wont hurt and might help stimulate some flower growth?


Apple-tree die-back?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 10:34

Hey All,

A little help please - I dont know if I should radically cut back or cut down our apple trees.

3 years ago I noticed that some of the smaller branches died-back after they had blossomed and put on leaf - they went brown and did not recover.  I thought it might be drought but its happened every year since slowly taking more and more of the tree.  I have now noticed our other tree has started to be affected.....

The branches seem to have 1-2inch patches of this white fairly fluffy fur and what looks like little clear balls of either water or maybe eggs?

Please help as I dont want to lose the trees or any others that are in the garden!

Image taken with macro - I have other images if you need to see more.

 Thanx!! x

Gardenia 'Hardenia' - white - dropping blackend and health leaves.

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:56

I thought that but its been a while since I tried to put it out - before that last lot of snow.

Its suposed to be hardy - so I thought Id try to aclimitise it during the day then bring it in at nite.

Its been in during the snow and I have only put it out today because the dog was also trying to strip it.

I will try the feeding technique for sure - thinking of putting it up in the window where it can get some good light as its been in the hall - very shady - I think it may have not liked the dark and draft from the door?

Thanx for the tips!

Gardenia 'Hardenia' - white - dropping blackend and health leaves.

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 10:38


Does any one have the Hardy Gardenia 'Hardenia' - white plant?

I have had mine in a container - which I have lined with polystryine - and it has mostly been indoors with a very brief spell outdoors before the last snow came.

It has started to drop its leaves leaving bear stems.  Some of the leaves are going black but it doesnt look like mould. Some of the leaves seem completely healthy.

Soil is damp and I have made the mistake of watering with tap water (althought left in watering can for a few days before use).

I really dont want to lose this plant!  HELP!

With thanx in advance!


101 questions!

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 13:29

Cheers All !

Great advise - I feel more confident with the forsythia now! Like the remove a 1/3 idea as the plant defo looking tired although still flowers beautifully.

The buddleja's are only small - they are dwalf veriety - Im pretty sure they should be like the normal bush plants and withstand a haircut.  But I will wait until spring, same with the hydranger - as its lost all its leaves so I wouldnt know where to cut.

Are the peacocks same as glads then?  Cos I lost all my glads.  I have put them in a smaller pot and intend to winter house them in compost but in the green house until spring and hope they are ok.  I wasnt sure if the bulbs needed to be completely removed from the ground?

Thanx so much for all the advise so far - any more welcome!.

101 questions!

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:32


I have quite a few questions so I thought Id put them all in one thread - feel free to drop advice in on any of the items-I need as much help as I can get!

Gladiolus murielae - peacock Orchid - Do I lift these? If so what do I do with them etc....I have lifted some and put them into a pot of earth - they has started to produce baby bulbs.
Hydrangea arborescens - incrediball - I bought these and one has put on a lot of growth - do I/should I cut it back to form a tighter plant or let it grow as is? Rollover image for an enlarged view Buddleja Buzz - Again should I be thinking of pruning these back I have year 1 and year 2 plants.   I have 2 very over grown forcythia and red robin bushes which are starting to break away at the middle - How best do I prune these back and when do I do it ?   I have an apple tree that died back early in the season - it has recovered most of its leaves (2nd year  its done this) but some branches are still bare - do I just cut off the affected branches ?  Tree didnt fruit this year and apart from one small patch of white mould on the tree it does not seem to be infected with a desease?   I think I have a willow style bush - it grows catkins in spring but has a very round medium leaf - I had to but it right down as it grew in from of green house - but it has grown back a huge amount of 7 foot shoots (even after being trimed back again earlier this year) - I need it to stop growing but I have pets and wildlife so need a non-poison solution please.   My mum's red leafed ceriece pink late cherry style blossom tree put on a lot of long shoots last year - shot up about4 foot.  This year is hardly had a leaf on it - should I be cutting it back?  How best to go about this please?   Fig bush - each year it fruits then does a second flush of half rip fruit that never fully grow in time before winter sets in - they rot early in the year and a few new buds are reset which produce the main crop - problem is that the 'second/rot' crop is always larger than the main crop - do I remove the budding fruit now to promote an ealier fuller crop next year?   Hopefully that will be enough to get me through til spring! Thanx in advance for posting replys - look forward to hearing from you


Natural Weed killers?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 15:33

Thanx guys - I dont like the idea of chemicals either so its not just the dogs.

Mainly I have a LOT of huge white daisies (2 foot tall) that have completely taken over the lawn.

Also some very small evergreen leafy ground cover plant - no idea what it is at all but it took over when the grass died off one very hot summer.

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