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"Scalped" Leylandii - can thinning deadwood help?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:43

Thin out the dead wood.  Conifers do not grow back from brown wood so you'll have to hope he remaining greenery will grow and spread enough to cover your bare patches.   Try giving the green parts a spray feed using a solution of seaweed fertiliser to encourage them.

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:40

You can buy hanging basket watering gizmos at good garden centres and DIY stores.  Failing that, stand on a chair or find a tall friend.

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 08:40

My Johnson's Blue was brought with me when we moved from Harrow 24 years ago.  It's progeny are still going strong, flower well, don't flop like Rozanne and do repeat flower if I cut them back after the May/June flush and then feed them.

Mine has deeper colour than the one in the pic and more delicate purple veining but I found this on the web and it looks like the OP's photo.;_ylt=AwrBT75Iz2JV.iUAqMGl87UF;_ylc=X1MDOTU4MTA0NjkEX3IDMgRmcgNocC1kZGMtYmQEZ3ByaWQDcXc3Q3hHTm9TeXFLUHpJMDdQeFFDQQRuX3JzbHQDMARuX3N1Z2cDNwRvcmlnaW4Dc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAMyMwRxdWVyeQNnZXJhbml1bSBKb2huc29uJ3MgQmx1ZQR0X3N0bXADMTQzMjUzOTQ3MQ--?p=geranium+Johnson%27s+Blue&fr=hp-ddc-bd&fr2=sb-top-search&type=56_pr__alt__ddc_dsssyc_bd_com&iscqry= 

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:56

Nenah - hardy geraniums come in many shades of flower from white through pink to purples and blues with different coloured eyes and sometimes stripes or splodges.  Their foliage also comes in several forms - scented and not, glaucous blue to lime green, rounded or toothed.   Some like full sun and some like shade or dappled shade.

I shall compare this one with my Johnson's Blue in the morning but whatever it is it is a very handsome plant.



Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:37

I would remove the first flowers too and give them a good feed of clematis food and keep them watered in dry spells so they can concentrate on getting their roots deep down to find food and water.   Clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so need a good healthy root system.

Well done for planting yours deeply to help them.  It'll pay dividends in future seasons with extra flowering stems coming up from the base.

pot bound lupin

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 06:42

Make sure you soak it well first.  Plunge it in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles form.  Then you can remove the old pot more easily and do less damage to the roots.

Will red ant colony damage my potato crop?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 05:08

If you want to move them but not kill them, water on a solution of 5 litres of water to one small bottle of essential oil of cloves - health stores and pharmacies.   They hate the smell and move somewhere else.

Good 'do-ers'

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 17:26

Good doers for me are plants that don't turn up their toes in our cold winters.

Hostas, astilbes, hemerocallis, Japanese anemones, chelone, assorted hardy geraniums, pulmonaria, geums, potentillas, perennial cornflowers in assorted colours, lysimachia clethroides alba, physostegia, lysimachia Firecracker, phlox, anchusa, astrantia, filipendula, agatache, catanache, Shasta daisies, peonies........

Will red ant colony damage my potato crop?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 17:03

Added to which the ants' tunnels expose the potato roots to air instead of soil and water so they can't get the water and nutrients they need to thrive and make healthy tubers.    Water generously to move them on and keep hoeing.


Posted: 23/05/2015 at 11:02

Try feeding it.  You have nothing to lose and may get a beautiful plant.

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