Latest posts by Obelixx

Please help identify tree disease

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 17:20

Your lilac looks rather bashed and battered and that will make it an easy target for such fungae which establish on wounded wood.   There isn't much you can do once it's infected other than remove the brackets and dispose of them before they ripen enough to release millions of spored that can infect other trees.

Have a good look at the lilac, and any other trees in your garden, and make sure you remove damaged branches with a clean cut and then let them repair themselves.  Do not use wound paint.

Last edited: 04 October 2017 17:20:56

Hebe Protection over Winter

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 17:05

Yes, bubble wrap the pot to keep the roots frost free but only porous fleece if you need to wrap the visible parts of your plants.

Last edited: 04 October 2017 17:05:24

20 year old Clematis which may need to be removed

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 15:51

Cut back what you can leaving as much growth attached to the base as possible and lay it out of their way.  Take cuttings from some of what's cut off.


When the new pole is installed you can either try and train the remains around it - maybe a sheath of wires or mesh to help support it - or else drive in posts along your hedge and stretch wires to support the clematis or else build a trellis panel or a structure such as an arch to support it.   Then it won't suffer next time they need to replace their post.

Whichever you decide, give it a generous feed of specialist clematis food next spring to encourage it both to grow and flower.

Last edited: 04 October 2017 15:52:28


Posted: 04/10/2017 at 15:44

Reported.  It's either a WUM or someone who needs directing elsewhere.

Failed Butternuts!

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 15:39

Lack of pollination and then a poor summer.  Butternut, even those good for the UK, need a lot of sun I find.

Pricing structure

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 14:35

In that case, all you can do is base yourself on what some of them are willing to pay - the ones who already pay more.  If you think that will lose you some clients you want to keep, adjust accordingly.  Don't tell you clients till nearer the time, when they've recovered from Xmas and all that expense.

The main thing is to make sure you earn enough to live - housing, food, heat, transport, taxes.......

Pricing structure

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 13:42

It depends on your clients and the area in which you operate.  Why not phone around the competition, pretending to be a prospective client, and find out their rates?  or look in local ads?

Hebe Protection over Winter

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 13:16

Just make sure you don't wrap the plant in plastic.  They need ventilation or they'll rot.  If you're worried, take cuttings.

with 25yrs of mulching why is my clay soil no improving

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 13:01

I have friends who bought a one hectare plot of heavy clay covered in tatty old pines, tatty old birch trees and riddled with bracken and brambles and other unspeakable nasties.   They had help clearing old trees and started digging out beds less than 10 years ago while builders did the house.   They now have the most amazing garden full of beautiful trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers, water features and bulbs.

This is it 18 months ago - view as a slideshow if you don't have adblock installed.


Every year she buys 100s of bulbs for autumn planting and pots for him to plant and he orders a lorry load of council compost which he has dumped in the drive and then barrows it out to the ornamental borders after the bulbs and any new trees and shrubs have gone in.  He lays it on several inches thick on the ornamental garden but uses his own compost on the veg plot as it is regularly hoes to deal with weeds from seeds.

He only digs when creating another bed or planting a new tree or shrub but has found that the consistency and fertility of the soil has improved immeasurably over the years.

This garden is now open under the Belgian Open Gardens scheme and regularly features on their equivalent of GW and in magazines.

Getting a Poinsettia to flower

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 12:50

The article says at least 4 weeks.  You are being a tad impatient.

Having said that, they are so cheap to buy nearer Xmas why not just start again?  Put your time and effort into more rewarding plants.

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