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Posted: 23/06/2013 at 10:01

That's an excellent recommendation Auntie B.  I shall keep an eye out for one.  have just bought my 3rd gunnera in 10 years having lost one to a -32C frost despite a thick blanket of compost and another to an early frost in October about 4 years ago and before I was expecting to need to cover it.  

This one is staying in a pot till it's bigger and will be over wintered in the greenhouse but if I find a darmera I shall give the gunnera away to a less exposed home.

Another plant for big leaves that don't get too huge is astilboides which I have growing happily in a damp bed on the north side of our house so it doesn't get full sun till 3pm or so from late spring to early autumn - bteween the equinoxes.

Camellias in Scotland

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:52

Beechgrove is in the east and also a lot further north than Yorkshire so camellias would risk getting their flower buds and foliage deeply frozen and/or buried under snow just when they're supposed to be flowering and at their best.

The Atlantic coast has much milder winters beacuse of prevailing westerly winds and the Gulf Stream.   The east side is drier and colder.

Schools and Gardening

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:32

Get in touch with the RHS which has a very active and successful programme of helping schools set up gardens and include them in their curriculum.  They give teachers advice and support throughout the whole process -

Victoria Plum

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:29

If it has blossom but no fruit then you have a problem with pollination.   Victoria is self fertile so you odn't need another plum in the vicinity but you do need insects to pollinate it.

Try underplanting with spring flowers such as pulmonaria, primulas, aquilegias, late daffodils that will flower around the same time and attract beneficial insects such as bees that will also visit your plum blossom and do the job.

This spring has been very cold so there haven't been many insects about to do the job and there are worries that there will be low fruit yields this year as a result of non pollination.




Frost Damaged Acer

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:23

Assuming it's the red form then you want the red foliage so cut out the green immediately as this is more vigorous and will gradually overtake the plant.

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:47

Chrissieinyeo - you need to post your question on a new thread in the fruit and veg section of the board so the plum experts see it.

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:44

1 tbs/15ml of Epsom salts in one gallon/5litres of water for a foliar feed.

However, on Beechgrove this week, Jim was sprinkling a dessertspoon of the salts over the compost in the pot so it would go direct to teh roots when watered so you can choose. 

Ericaceous plants such as rhodos, azaleas, camellias, pieris etc are the ones most likely to suffer from chlorosis caused by magnesium deficiency as any alkalinity in teh soil or water will bind magnesium as well as iron and make it unavailable to their roots.


Seems a shame

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:03

Tulips are generally highly bred and do take a few years to recover their display strength but, if planted deep (9") in the right soil can go on for years.

Lillies do well for years anyway but do need feeding, whether in the ground or in tubs, and dead heading and checking for the demon lily beetle.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:47

Veggies like full sun to grow and ripen.   You could try herbs such as parsley and sweet cicely and chervil.  Lettuce like partial shade so coul dbe worth a try and redcurrants might do OK in the lighter spots but not in full shade.

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:12

Crumbs.  You can tell I typed in a hurry.  Sorry about that.

Excellent advice form Bookertoo to use your verticals to grow climbers.  There's a clematis for every aspect, sun or shade and you don't need to buy trellis panels.  They'll be perfectly happy trained on wires attached to walls or fence posts using vine eyes so cheap to install.

A climbing rose will add colour an dperfume if you choose well.  try and get one of the modern bred roses from avid Austin or Peter beale as these are bred for perfume and disease resistance so are more likely to do well.  

Honeysuckle can get a bit rampant if allowed to but is also easy enough to train on wires and keep trimmed.  

Choose a couple of good evergreens to give your garden form and interest over winter and then fill the rest of the space with plants you like and that are suited to your soil and aspect and also how cold you get.   If you let us know which way your garden faces and what kind of soil you have - sandy, clay, loamy, alkaline, neutral or acid - we can suggest some.   have alook at what neighbouring gardens are ghrowing to see what plants do well - rhodoendrons, azaleas and heathers like acid soil.  Lavenders and clematis prefer it alkaline.

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