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geraniums not growing

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:59

I suspect you mean pelargoniums which are native to South Africa and not hardy.  Give them time to send new roots out and then you'll get the top growth you want.  Do not over water as this will kill them quickly.

Here's some advice from the RHS which may help with regard to compost, feeding etc - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=338


Latin for Mint

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:35

In my experience, spearmint (menta spicata) is the one most commonly sold and used for culinary purposes but I find ginger, apple and Moroccan have a finer flavour and do well in pots.

Hosta s in pots

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:31

I think hostas and acers look fab together and most require the same dappled shade to do well so will enjoy the same situation.

group 3 clematis

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:24

Group 3 clematis flower on this season's new growth so do not prune now.  Feed and water them well, train the stems to their supports as they grow and enjoy the show.

Next spring around late Feb or early to mid March depending on how cold the winter, cut them back to the lowest pair of buds on each stem and pull out all the top growth.  Feed them well with clematis food and occasional tonics of liquid rose or tomato food and they'll do it all over again, producing more stems each year as they mature.

Here's a bit of my Etoile Violette grown under this pruning and feeding regime.




Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:20

I am assuming the OP means rolls of willow or bamboo wired to make a screen and not actual plants.

I would suggest pyracantha as a living screen as it can be easily trained, grows fast when happy, is evergreen, has blossom in spring and berries in autumn so is excellent for all sorts of wildlife and it has thorns to deter trespassers.

Its time to go...but how?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:48

Cut off the outer ones so it's easier to dig out the roots but leave the mass at the centre so you have something to pull.

Inspiration needed - small trees for large half cider barrels

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:42

This Thursday's show so tomorrow morning.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:44

The council will use poison anyway so I suggest you put poison sachets down at night and take away any that are uneaten in the morning before you let the dog out.   Repeat till rats gone.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:42

I have used both as a windbreak to protect newly planted shrubs till they established.  Both types rotted far too easily and broke in strong winds and got tatty very quickly.   I would not advise them as a permanent screen.

I would suggest instead that you attach 2' wide trellis panels horizontally to the top of the existing fence or else erect 6' high panels on the inside of the fence, using new posts if necessary.  trellis can be painted to make a feature of it or else you can train climbing plants up it for further privacy and added interest.

Local DIY stores and maybe timber yards will stock it so shop around for best prices and quality.


Latin for Mint

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:37

Mentha spicata is the common mint but there are loads of others - basil mint, Moroccan mint, ginger mint, apple mint, chocolate mint and so on.   I once had about 8 different types in tubs but they proved not to be hardy enough for my winters so I just have basil, Moroccan and ginger mint left and take the tubs into shelter for winter.

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