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Wisteria help

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 09:34

If you think they look odd, cut them off.  It won't harm the plant. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 09:31

Good morning.  Bright and sunny with some wispy clouds and a gentle breeze.  OH is already out there digging the trench to bury polytunnel cover in and I have been faffing with orchids which needed watering and tidying.   Next job is another coat of paint on the wall in the guest room and then I'm going to move the tomatoes and dahlias outside.

Need to phone a man about a disappearing tiler and then seed swoing and herb bed planting.

Clari - enjoy your day, even if it's not an adventure.

Busy - have a safe trip back.  Malvern to Dover is not my favourite journey.   Do it every time w ego to see SIL and it doesn't improve.

Dove - we've been on the light quilt all winter but with a thin patchwork quilt on top.  That'll have to go now.

Chicky - hope dad is on the mend and FG that you are not feeling too fat and full after your treat.

Have a cracking day everyone.

Wisteria help

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 20:55

I have cut mine off because I needed to cut back the whole plant but otherwise it's not necessary except to tidy it up or prevent it wasting energy on seeds.  For the maintenance pruning in July and January/Feb, see here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

Last edited: 14 May 2017 20:56:28

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:18

Deep fried Mars bar?

Hanging Basket Plants for Shade.

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 17:46

I have grown trailing fuchsias on a north facing wall tho they did get late evening sun in high summer.  Impatiens would do well if you get the New Guinea ones that are resistant to the recent problems.

You could try a fern with variegated ivy if you don't need masses of colour.  Heucheras and ajuga reptans could add foliage colour and texture contrast.

Last edited: 14 May 2017 17:47:36

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 17:03

Joyce - We had a rampant, scented, yellow flowered honeysuckle in poor state and swamping a hibiscus and a couple of hebes when we arrived.  It had to go as it was all tied up in weed proofing fabric too.   I cut a few 6" tips from the shoots and put them in water.  3 rooted after a few weeks and 2 have survived being planted up in a pot and are growing well.   

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 16:47

GD - as far as I know Guernsey adheres to EU rules and regs - except VAT and one or two other bits - as part of the 1972 UK accession Treaty.  It is illegal in the EU to disturb nesting birds and that includes clearing land and cutting hedges.   Too late now but you could consult your local council on restraining further such action by this landlord and the landscaping company.  It does seem barbaric.

As for the racist comments - atrocious.   

Shrubs for the seaside

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:59

Sea buckthorn - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/8765/Hippophae-rhamnoides/Details

Cercis siliquastrum - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/24283/Cercis-siliquastrum/Details

Rosa rugosa - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/72211/Rosa-Roseraie-de-l-Hay-(Ru)/Details tho I find this can sucker and also suffers in cold north winds.

Have a look here for more ideas about plants that cope well near the coast, including evergreens and perennials but you can weed those out - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=472 

Help with a border

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:47

There are 3 main ways forward I think and they depend on patience and budget.

Th first is to get someone to dig out the stumps.  Tree surgeons often have root grinders which will do this easily enough.

The second is to build raised beds using railway sleepers or bricks or recycled scaffolding boards or similar.   They'd need to be about a foot deep to be effective or you could make them to knee height and have built in seating.  You'd then need to fill them with a mix of garden compost, loam based compost and, if possible, some well rotted manure and then you can grow ornamental plants or maybe some shrubs or even edibles.

The third is to wait a year or two.  The roots and trunks of pine rot fairly quickly and then you can dig it over and make a new bed enriched with garden compost.

Help! Grapevine dying.

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:28

Whereabouts are you?  It sounds like it may simple be frost damage or dessication by strong northerly winds experienced recently across the UK and  parts of France.

If so, the plants should recover.   

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