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How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 16:58

Multi stemmed rubber plant inherited from a colleague at work who died young in 1979 or 80 so it will have been several years old already.

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:20

 Rosemary isn't that hardy in cold parts of the country.  I would suggest geranium macrorhizum for ground cover.  Scented foliage, white, pink or deep pink flowers in late spring and the foliage turns red in winter.    Bulbs will come through with no bother and their dying foliage will be hidden by it.

Screening my fence with a hedge

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:25

If the fence is in good nick you don't need a hedge but, if you really want to disguise it and have smething green, think about erecting a few fence posts and trellis panels inside it and growing a range of climbers that will attract insects and birds.

You will need to do a lot to improve the soil first but could then go for pyracantha which is very wildlife friendly having blossom, berries and evergreen leaves or climbing roses, honeysuckle, clematis...........

pruning roses

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:20

Happy to help.  Glad it was useful.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 13:26

You can buy special sticky paint that makes a mess of anyone climbing over walls and fences that have it painted on.  You can also attach spiky strips to tops of walls and fences - seen both done on daytime TV programme on burglary prevention whilst suffering from bronchitis recently.

You can also buy a decent and not too expensive CC TV camera and place it high up on your house to film any intruders.

Up to you whether you then put up warning signs about the nasty paint and spiky bits.............

Consult the local police station's crime prevention officer tfor advice oo.  Once these kids get away with doing your garden they may be tempted to be more bold as they get bigger and that would be even worse.



Monty's cat

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 11:13

Is suggest you watch the recent BBC series in cats on i-player.  Fascinating stuff.

I have just one cat now and 2 dogs - a Wheaten terrier and a Labrador and all rescues - and just get on with their pooing and hunting tendencies just as I get on and deal with slugs and weeds as appropriate.   All part of nature's rich mix. 

The terrier is particularly helpful in the garden - digs lots of holes I don't really need in her pusuit of moels and rodents.   The Labrador chases flies and butterflies and lies next me, squashing treasures while I work.   The cat likes to come and chat as long as the dogs aren't there too.

pruning roses

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 09:36

Before winter and any autumn gales, it is wise to tie in any climbing or rambling rose stems to their supports and cut off any growing away from them or that cannot be safely tied in.

For shrub roses, whatever type or size, cut back long stems by a third to a half to reduce wind resistance which can cause wind rock and loosen the roots and thus damage the plants.

Leave the main pruning to next spring when you start by pruning out any dead or broken stems back to a pair of healthy buds.   The rest of the rpuning depends on the rose type.  This may help - just scroll down to what you need.

Give roses a generous feed in spring - a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost mixed with pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone.   Give them a liquid tonic of rose or tomato food every couple of weeks from March to end of June.

Yorkslass - clematis pruning timing and extent depends on which one it is.  Do you have a name?

Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:58

Some garden centres and DIY stores sell off bags pf seed and planting compost cheap at the end of the season and some local councils sell community made compost from green waste collected over the year.

In order to improve your soil, whether clay or sand or loam or chalk, you can simply spread a 2 to 3 inch layer of such organic material over all the beds once the herbaceous perennials have died down, annual plants and weeds have been removed and any bulbs planted.

It can be done any time in autumn and early winter and preferable after the soil has had a good soaking from heavy rain but not when it is frozen.    The worms will work it in for you over winter.  Do this every year and the claggiest fo clay soils will improve without all the heavy digging and the lightest of sandy soils will improve in fertility and moisture retention. 


What do I do with my clematis over winter?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 09:43

It's only 2' in old money and easy t find in either plastic fake terracotta or ceramic or even fibre glass.  Make sure it has drainage holes for excess water.

What do I do with my clematis over winter?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 13:00

Clematis are hungry an dthirsty plants so the first thing to do is to plant it in the ground or in a much bigger pot - 60cms minimum.   The white mould is a sign of stress from lack of moisture and probably food as it will have exhausted the supplies in that compost.

Plant it 3 or 4 inches deeper than it is now as this will encourage new shoots to form and provide extra flowers next year.  If in a pot, give it the best compost you can afford - John Innes no 3 and give it a mulch of pebbles, chipped bark or expanded clay pellets to retain moisture and stop weeds growing.   Give it regular liquid feeds of rose or tomato fertiliser from March to July or August.

If in the  ground, mix some well rotted manure or garden compost in the hole to provide moisture retention and food.   Scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets around it every week fromm Valentine's Day as they love the new shoots.  Give it a handful of slow releas clematis food in spring and occasional tonics of liquid rose or tomato food.

Prune your clematis hard back to about 9 " or the lowest pair of buds on each stem next spring in Feb or March depending on how cold you are.  Do not prune during a  frosty period.

Give it a decent sized obelisk or trellis to grow up as it will get much bigger next year.


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