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Posted: 18/10/2013 at 11:11

risky, would suggest early spring for budleia, especially dwarf ones - assume the flowers are removed?

advice with Allium

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 11:08

think all the alliums think it is spring time - my batches of chives which I split a few weeks ago for next year are all growing with lots of new growth - should be going the opposite way - there can be no harm in growth at this time of year - cannot be a tougher plant around...

compost use

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 11:02

problem is this year have no idea what is actually in the compost - the rumours I am hearing is that next year's crop of compost from the major producers is going to be a lot better than the last two years as the peat stock has been replenished. I have had some bad batches of compost this year which were not even worth using in the first place, let alone re-using. I would suggest for keen gardeners to beware of very cheap compost, or special offers over the next few months, even into early spring, until the new mixes hit the retail market.

Help ! Trees under attack.

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 10:55

is the fungus black? any insects hanging around? Mainly around roots?

to prune or not to prune?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 10:48

try spraying with washing up liquid and water - although this may not work, it is surprising what simple soapy water will do to modern day chemicals - worth a go. Like you said, I would never consider cutting back ceanothus at this time of year - especially if exposed. Sounds like horrid neighbours, madness!


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 10:42

Laurel is a pretty tough plant, would not be too concerned with giving it a trim now. With all hedging if you leave for too long before trimming it will take a few trims to get it back into shape and good health. Not really my specialist subject, but I have, to my sins, cut back laurel in late november before...

Are these lavender plugs acceptable or DOA?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 10:38

I would recommend Popular Plants for lavender plants - they have a good range of varieties in 9cm pots, which although more expensive than plug plants it will save you a lot of time and stress. I have also done the plug route, but after taking into account how many you lose, not to think the time spent, money on compost / soil / etc, it works out around the same price, and a year further on...

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