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Need help to identify plant

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 13:03

I suspect it may be a hardy hibiscus so will take another year or two to start flowering.  They can be very late to come into leaf after winter - often late May early June for mine - so don't panic if they leaf up late.

Wind/sun burn

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:11

I retuned from hols once to find my two blueberries in pots had gone all crispy after inadequate watering by a  neighbour.

I soaked the pots very thoroughly and then gave a liquid feed of sequestered iron and food for ericaceous plants.   Both recovered but I had to cut out lots of stems taht were too crsipy to revive.  I then dug large holes in my veggie plot, filled them with ericaceous compost and planted them in teh ground so they didn't get the same problem again.  We have hard water and alkaline to neutral soil so they're better off in the ground with rain water.

Blueberries are woodland edge plants so those in pots won't like a full sun, south facing position as they can get their roots deep down to cool soil.  Move them to somewhere where they don't get midday sun and keep them moist but not drowning.


Need help to identify plant

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 11:41

The picture is too small to see the leaves clearly.  Can you do a close up of a couple of leaves please?   Are they cuttings, or from seed?

hanging basket watering

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:56

Better to use water retentive granules mixed into the compost from teh start and then water generously in the evening so they can soak up the excess and release it by day.  In very hot or windy spells, water again early morning before going to work or doing other jobs.

Most hanging basket plants are half hardy and aren't going to enjoy being doused with ice cubes although they're better than nothing.


How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:53

Try smearing the post with essential oil of cloves, available from pharmacies and health shops.  They can't stand the smell and won't climb up any more.

Gift Ideas for a little Gardener?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 18:17

When Possum was small a friend gave her a toy insect examining thing.  Catch insect, put it in container and then view it down a mini microscope.    That would be easy to use for him and more inter active.

You could also consider a set of child size tools - trowel, hand fork, watering can.


Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:05

40cm square is not a lot of compost to keep 2 hungry clems going.  You'll need to stay on top of feeding and watering to keep them healthy and not crowd them with too many bulbs.    I'd be tempted just to stick with a single, well clipped euonymous to provide interest and disguise their bare legs and avoid giving too much competition for water and nutrients.

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:13

We've already picked form 4 of our bushes and I've made spiced blackcuurant jelly which is yummy on toast or with cheese or meat.  

I'll freeze the fruit from the last two to make puds - assuming there's still enough fruit left on them after Saturday night's storm which brought down two trees in the paddock over the road and did its best to blow down all our trellis panels.

No blueberries this year.  The blossom got frosted but the shrubs are looking exceptionally healthy with lots of new growth after the long wet spring so I have high hopes for next year - as long as I can get a decent winter windbreak constructed.

Clematis problems

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 12:17

It may just be reacting to the recent spell of hot weather.  Cut out and remove all the brown stems and give it a tonic of liquid tomato food to encourage recovery.  Scatter a few wildlife friendly slug pellets to protect any new shoots.

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 11:48

I would line it with bubble wrap round the sides to protect the wood from wet compost but also to give extra insulation to the roots in winter.   Line the base with more plastic pierced to allow drainage.

Use good quality compost such as John Innes no 3 which is heavy so less easy to walk off with if you're worried about security.   Add some clematis food granules to beef it up and mix them in well before planting.  Add a top dressing of these granules every spring to encourage strong growth and flowers.

A north facing clem doesn't need extra shade at its roots but will look better for it as plants will hide bare legs.   Bulbs will add spring interest.  Your plan to use evergreen eunymous is good as it will add winter interest and hide the dying bulb foliage.   Just make sure you keep the planter watered reguarly and give occasional liquid tonics of tomatos food in spring and up to the end of June.   Give the planter a good watering at the end of autumn and before heavy frosts are forecast.  It should then be OK till spring unless you get an unseasonal warm spell.

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