Latest posts by Novice23

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 09:37

I have removed a hedge of Quince from my garden, dug up as much root as possible, but it is still sending up shoots. It was growing against a fence in a very narrow strip of soil. I cut the shoots off each time I see them, digging down into the soil, but is there something more that I can do.   I have read that Roundup or Glyphosate would kill the roots, so would that be the answer?   I do not want to replant in the soil.  Advice please.

What is this weed?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 09:30

I also have this in my garden, and was told it was wild strawberry.  It does indeed have strawberry like fruits on it, so is it the same as the Potentilla Reptans?  Is it a thug and should |i get rid of it?  Advice would be welcome as it is threading through my Gaura.

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 13:12

I would not want to disagree with others who are no doubt far more knowledgeable than me, but this looks like my Red Robin.   It took a couple of years to get going, but now it is lovely.   The red leaves and shoots are only apparent on new growth, so prune back in Spring and the red will appear.  Then you will understand why people like it. 


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:56

Sorry Faurygirl. Predictive text has much to answer for!


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:54

Thanks Faithful. I have heavy clay which I dig compost into whenever I plant anything so perhaps that's the problem. Not sure what the answer is, but it has spread well so will probably need to dig some up for next year.


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:48

I have a bed of yarrow which is now in its second year. But it has not produced any flowers despite having a good foliage. Any ideas please on what I gave done wrong ?

Reviving an elderly Peiris

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:35

Sorry about the spelling everyone.  You should have seen my attempts at ericaceous!!!

Thanks Verdun, I will try sequestered iron, and regular feeing.  

I may have to replace it eventually, but according to OM I keep plants way beyond their useful life, and this has been with me a long time...

Thanks for all the help.



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Reviving an elderly Peiris

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:45

I have an elderly but much loved Peiris, which is probably about 18 years old.  It is in a v.large pot and each spring I feel and top dress it, removing about 2 - 3 inches of soil and replacing it with new ericaceous compost.   However this year is has lost lots of leaves, those left have gone blotchy and drooping.  Although it has some good flower spikes, it looks decidedly sorry for itself.  I have watered it and feel it with epsom salts, but wonder if I can do anything else.   It was potted on last summer, so is not rotbound.   Any help would be welcome as I do not want to lose it.


Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:36

I am looking to plant climbing roses in a more shady part of the garden, where a number of trees have been felled and tallish stumps left, so want to train climbers up the stumps.  Thought repeat climbing roses would suit.   There is still a leafy canopy but sunshine for part of each day.  Any suggestions as to which might be more suitable.  Busy I really like the look of Compassion - anyone know how it will fare?anyt.   

Hedgehog Help

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:28

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