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Identifying this shrub

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 17:24

You could cut out all the tallest stems at the base.  This would leave more light and air for the shorter ones and stimulate fresh new stems and foliage.  Give it a good drink of liquid seaweed or tomato fertiliser and a handful of slow release feed such as blood fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.

That should perk it up.

Not a pom pom!

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:50

Looks like a star dahlia to me - 

Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 12:39

I tried the first series of this hoping for gardening content but I don't like most of the gardens they do and absolutely do not like all the maudlin stuff.   Have to wonder how long such gardens will alst and who will maintain them because gardens are not static and need upkeep.

I really do wish he'd do another proper, intelligent and informative gardening series like How To Be a Gardener.  It could be based on front gardens, gardening for therapy, gardening for pleasure, gardening for wildlife, gardening to eat, gardening in the community but please, not gardening for sentimentality.

Friend needs help with plant ID from new garden

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 09:57

I wonder if 1 could be a philadelphus but it may well be a kolkwitzia if the reverse of the petals is pink.  Too fuzzy to see well.

Agree that 2 is likely to be a weigelia and then phygelius and hebe but we really need clearer photos.

Grass and slabs...

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 09:49

Take up the slabs, fill holes with soil or compost.  Sow grass seed.

Voila!  No more edging.  Unless of course you still need to be able to walk across the lawn when it's frozen in winter.


Prunus Laurel

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:45

Have you been watering it at all?  It's a bit young and new to have established enough roots to cope with the very dry spring so may be struggling to get enough food and water to maintain old leaves whilst growing new ones.  


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:21

I also plant mine deep so they don't rock.   The best way I've found to encourage hearting up is to plant closer than the recommended distances.  I put mine in at a Wolf trowel's length apart which means I get smaller cabbages but there are only 3 of us so that's fine.   It works well too for my broccoli and PSB and kale and cavolo nero and, this year, for my kohlrabi which is so much juicier and tastier than shop bought specimens.

Where do you buy your early-flowering bulbs from?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:18

I used to buy online form big Dutch suppliers but now find everything I need in my local supermarket and garden centre as their ranges have improved - lots of alliums and nectarospordums and leucojomum and crocuses and species tulips and short daffs because hybrid tulips never survive winter here and tall daffs get their stems snapped in strong winds.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:15

Gardeners World magazine and this website are independent of the BBC and have to fund themselves.   It can't be that hard to turn the page and ignore the ads.  The alternative is a more expensive magazine.

Any advice on climbers please 😊

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:11

Climbing plants that flower over long periods need a great deal of nourishment and watering and I personally feel it's a bit much to ask of a rose or clematis to thirve, year after year, in the same pot of compost unless you can guarantee that you can feed and water adequately.

I suggest you have a play with annual climbers.  There's a colourful range to grow from seed or from plugs and small plants available from garden centre.   Most are not hardy so need to be grown on till all fear of frosts is over.  Have a look at the info here - 

If you really do want permanent plants, have a look at repeat flowering ramblers such as Malvern Hills (pale yellow) or Snow Goose (white) which have good perfume, Narrow Water (pale pink), Phyllis Bide (pink) and Rambling Rosie (pinky red), Red New Dawn, Super Dorothy (deep pink) and Super Elfin and Super Excelsa - both red.

Ramblers can be trained over arches more easily that climbers and all of the above will flower through the summer if kept well fed and watered.   They will need the best compost you can buy such as John Innes no 3 mixed with a bit of multi purpose for water retention and an annual spring feed of slow release rose fertiliser plus weekly liquid feeds of tomato food or comfrey tea form April to late June.   Feeding later than this produces soft growth which doesn't have time to harden off before winter frosts.  Keep on removing the spent flowers to stop them spending energy on hips and encourage more flowers.




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