Latest posts by Novice23

plants for deep shade

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:23

I have about a quarter of my garden in this type of shade with a canopy of trees.  I have gradually added some of the plants mentioned here, but have not a much longer list of possible new ones.  Thanks so much everyone.  

I do have a lovely Fatsia, that is about 5', with flowers (at least that is what I assume they are) it looks great, but is only a single stem.   Is there anything I can do to make it bushier, or have I left it too late?   In which case can I buy another and plant nearby and keep that shrubby?  Or will this not work.   

Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:13

We had the same problems, our clay soil is something a good potter would kill for!  In the end we dug up the lawn and laid it to gravel, with lots o pots, seating areas etc. The bonus is I have much more time now to spend on the rest of the garden.

Not the answer for everyone, but works for me.


tlc to christmas cactus

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 14:38

My cactus started as a Christmas Cactus but now flowers regularly through the year.  I only water it when the soil is rock hard, it has not been repotted for at least five years and I also add baby bio, or cactus feed periodically.  Like everyone says they seem to thrive on neglect with odd  bouts of TLC.  Just a shame the flowers each only last a short while, but given how long each flowering sessions is I just love it. 


Posted: 04/10/2015 at 12:07

Thanks for the detail on what you do Esspee, will try that and see what happens.  I can't fail any more than in the past!!  The ones I have this year are beautiful and have large flowers, so I would be delighted to keep them.

When to cut back hemerocallis foliage pre Winter

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 12:03

Great to have your advice Obelixx. will try that and the clump is really quite big, but not many flowers this year, so that must be problem.  Thanks

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 11:42

Thanks Gardenning Granny.  I have it in a ceramic pot, that it came in, but have been told it should be open to the light.   Is that right?

Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 11:35

Thanks for the help, I will try the Epsom Salts mix.  I have given then all Sequestered (?) Iron and ericacious feed over the summer, but perhaps not enough.  

I also have a Fatsia which is very happy and flowered last year, well at least that is what I assume the large alien looking things on the top were, but that lives in a shady part of the garden. It is about five foot tall, not with just one or two strong stems and masses of leaves, but would it respond to puning at the top to make it bushier rather than taller?  I would hate to kill it off by doing the wrong thing.



Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:55

I have several Rhodos, one of which has yellowing leaves, which are dropping.  Those at the top are fine, and the buds for next year look quite happy.  But the lower leaves are dropping.  I have feed in with sequestrene and a Rhodo feed, but is there anything else I can do?    I have researched the problems, but am confused as to what I should do.  Any help would be very welcome, please...

When to cut back hemerocallis foliage pre Winter

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:38

i do the same as Obelixx leave them and pull them when they are totally brown.  They grow really well in my clay soil, but not flowered too well this year.  They probably need dividing, I am never that successful with dividing plants, always end up with lots of roots and not soil!!!  However i do keep trying, but will also try the potash next year.

Thanks for all the information and advice.. Really helps us inexperienced gardeners.

Another plant ID...

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:23

Agree with Patsy, not heard of it before, but will see if it suits my garden.  It would be a good replacement for a recently removed aged rose.   Can I prune it to keep it to a certain height/width?  

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