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Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:26

Rather than complain about the excess of promotional mails inviting you to buy more you should send a single subject mail enquiring politely about your order stating when you made it and asking when they expect to deliver.  You could also suggest a deadline of 10 to 14 days for delivery or a refund.

If that deadline passes with no results, send another mail referring to the first and tell them then that a lack of adequate response will lead to your reporting them to Trading Standards.


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:22

My dahlia tubers are currently in an assortment of rubber trugs and tin baths and just in water to rehydrate the tubers and start the shoots growing.  I keep them in the garage overnight and bung them out in the sun on warm days or just set them in the doorway during the recent cold snap and gales.

This weekend I shall be taking cuttings of some of the shoots to increase stocks and grow them on in pots on the terrace.    They'll get good quality compost and extra feeds because planting composts only have enough for 100 days and then run out of oomph.    The main tubers will go in the borders this year and get lots of garden compost worked into their planting holes and as a mulch so they can build up next year's tubers and flowering strength. 

I'll be making some comfrey tea next week from plants in the garden and that will be ready in 3 or 4 weeks to use as a free and very effective foliar feed.

Snooker taking over televising of BBC2's GW on Friday nights

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:54

The Snooker always knocks GW off the screen at finals weekend.  Later on there'll be Wimbledon taking precedence over gardening.   Just be thankful the Olympics are only every 4 years.

Beechgrove Garden - BBC Scotland in the week and national BBC2 on Sunday mornings - tends not to be replaced by sport so look out for that.

Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:46

788 - Feed them with a slow release rose or tomato fertiliser which have higher levels of the minerals which encourage flowers to form.    You can also give liquid feeds of tomato feed and/or seaweed for more instant tonics.

Some fruit trees do take a year off to rest after a previous heavy flowering and fruiting year.   Generous feeding can help minimise the difference and promote more even fruiting.   Correct pruning will encourage the growth of fruiting spurs on apples.   See here for advice from the RHS -  

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 00:01

Huldine will get to 6 metres when well established but can take a couple of years to settle its roots and take off.   I have Red Ballon growing through a tree and doing very well.   Personally, I think Blue Angel/Belkity Atholl is far better than Prince Charles.

I suggest you visit this site - which lets you sea-rach fro clematis by colour, size, aspect, pruning group and do on.



Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 22:30

It may be flowering before the pollinator insects are out and about or else there is nothing else around to entice them to visit your plum.  Do you have other early flowering plants which will attract bees and hover flies which are the usual pollinating insects into your garden from early on?   If not, think about planting snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and any other plants that will flower before and at the same time as your plum to make sure the insects keep coming back and visit your plum tree..

Loganberry crop ruined by strong winds :(

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 17:45

You may still get some flwoers and fruit on what's left but loganberries are like Tayberries and Blackberries and need tying in to horizontal supports to encourage extra flowering and fruiting power which happen on the previous season's growth.   Tying in keeps them tidy, makes it easier to harvest fruit and also means they don't whip around in the wind and get broken.

Current season's growth needs to be tied in loosely and vertically to a support to let it grow strongly and not be blown about.   Once all the fruit is harvested, the old stems are then cut at the base and the new ones trained out to replace them so you get a continuous cycle of new fruiting stems each season.

How do i grow a tree from a plant.

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 15:30

Happy to help and I think lime is an excellent choice.  Lots of useful info about box and topiary on the RHS website too.

Can't prove anything

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 14:15

Relax.   People who have well kept gardens themselves appreciate all the effort and preparation needed to make new beds or revitalise old ones.   They will freely offer help, advice, plants and all sorts.

No-one expects beds to be dug in pouring rain or in your best clothes.   Once you border is dug and planted don't expect it to remain static.  Plants will grow, weeds will grow, plants will thrive and plants will fail.  It's a dynamic, never ending seasonal cycle looking after beds and gardens.  Enjoy the process and, as your plants get bigger and need dividing, enjoy swapping with your new neighbours whom I hope will become firm friends.

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