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What is it?!!

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:21

The first looks like a tiny mahonia of some sort and will grow to be a decent evergreen shrub whose leaves go red or bronze for winter.  The flowers should lead to ddep blue berries.

The second is plume poppy, a hardy perennial that can become a thug if you let it spread but is easily controlled..

Good idea?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 15:44

I made my own supports with thin metal rods I got from a builders' merchant.  Cut to length and then bend round a tree trunk or railway sleeper.  Easy peasy and cheap and lasts for ever.

metal plant supports

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:32

I just leave mine in place all winter for when the plants they are supporting come up again.   I made mine from those thin rusty metal bars available from builders' suppliers and just leant them all against a wall till I needed them.   Not too tangled as their feet were free.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:15

If I had the space, a proper big oak tree and a majestic cedar.

If I had acidic soil, lovely papery, silky blue and red meconopsis poppies and then I could also grow magnolias, rhodos, azaleas and pieris.

However, I'm blessed with very fertile, decent alkaline loam with a some clay and can grow all sorts of things that love that as long as they can stand the long, cold, exposed winters.  I just wish the weeds didn't know about my soil..


winter pansies can they carry on

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 16:12

I saw one profesional grower on TVrecently who says cutting them back and feeding them in June/July helps them pick up and carry on for another season of flowers but I would consider plantig them out in the borders as ground cover and buying new stock for next winter's baskets, pots and troughs.

planting combinations at chelsea

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:18

Looks like Gardener's Garters to me but may be a newer variety.  Invasive.

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:16

For a yellow rose, try Graham Thomas or Teasing Georgia from David Austin.  Both are short climbers and will need the support of either a trellis or wires.  They will repeat flower, have good perfume and be disease resistant.   DA also have red roses so go and look at their website.

You can get round rose repeat disease by simply digging out a big hole at least 60cms wide and deep and filling it with fresh soil beefed up with good garden compost, well rotted manure and some slow release fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.   Make sure you plant the new rose with its graft join a couple of inches below the surface and keep it watered until it is fully established.

The soil you excavate will be fine for othher plants but depleted of nutrients as roses are very greedy.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:42

Fuchsias are better in dappled shade than in full sun.

I think I know the answer but....

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:33

I think you need to identify suitable stems and pin them down at a point where you then make a small corss in the membrane so they can set roots.  Like you would strawberry runners in wee pots.

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