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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:39

Do not like assassin plants, if I see a fly even daring to look in my windows a nice stroke with the fly swat sends it to the outfield for six, keeps my batting eye in.
Woke up to a sea fret on Teesside, a cooler night and heavy cloud, as I came back across the Tees from shopping had the car lights on and wipers going, it is not heavy just annoying as the lawns need a cut.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:16

The sun just arrived on Teesside after a very cloudy morning, very cool in my bed Insomnia, I slept like a log.
Our weather became cloudy as I cooked the Sunday lunch for Tuesday evening, the grandchildren did not accept it was too hot for that and stuffed themselves.
I think "Rain" to'ther side oer Styx got the best of it later in the day, the Cleveland Hills were bathed in a warm glow when I looked over the valley.


Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 23:06

There are from 40-60 species of Deutzia from Rosa height and spread around three feet to Scabra height and spread six to eight feet, Bibrida can go over eight feet as well as Magnifica.
They are usually problem free and need very little pruning in June July after flowering, With taller plants it is best to selectively remove old stems from the base to promote new growth.
My own Deutzia Rosa Gracilis a pure white flower is a slow grower and with a sweep over with the trimmer every couple of years keeps its shape and height. Its roots are cool in good loam and with a mulch retains moisture, its flower heads are high enough to get almost all day sun (when we get any sun) and as I said has had two moves to this position where it thrives.
Any questions?


Poorly plant

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 10:58

Julieh, Salix or Willow is a tree and depending on which of the 500 odd types it is can grow quite large though some do manage in pots.
Very wet or very dry conditions can cause leaves to discolour and buds to die back, there could also be something nibbling at the root ball.
Whatever it is needs looking at so if possible drop the plant out of the pot and look at the roots, it may need a bigger pot, if so pot it on, check it is not water logged, see if there are any wee creatures in there. See if you can get the pot into a bit of shade, not full shade but probably out of the mid-day sun, (mad dogs and Englishmen, the only things that like it).
I lost my quite old Willow to Honey fungus, they do seem prone to it although you would smell it if it had that problem.
Leaving it may work but we gardeners usually cannot abide a mystery and most would investigate, looking at the root ball in a pot is usually the first thing we do.
Hope all is well when you check often it may come down to a bit of feed and a little more water although I doubt that this year.


Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 10:38

Doris, Deutzia is very slow growing and needs little or no pruning, my own is now 25 years old, has moved at least twice to find the position it loves and this year flowered for a long time and very profusely, the early bees and hover flies loved it. The plant is only four feet six tall after all this time.
I did find some very long stems and on tracing them back to the root found they were bird dropped seed that had struck, what ever it was came out leaving it looking a bit raggy so the hedge trimmer gently ("err" well as gentle as you can be with a hedge trimmer) went over the top rounding it off nicely, I did not take off more than an inch or so.
Sometimes what looks cruel is a kindness and at my age the hedge trimmer gets a lot of use.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 10:25

As I do not keep a bevy of widows here that should read WINDOWS,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 10:23

Well, the forecast for Middlesbrough which includes us in Stockton, yet we have a larger population than Middlesbrough and usually different weather this side of the Styx is white cloud and 25c "Hm"?
At 05:30 hours this morning we had brilliant rising sunshine, looking out of the widows now we have some blue sky, a distinct weather front curving off the coast to the Hills in the South and patches of very dark cloud to the North and West.
The sun keeps popping in and out but 25c? I doubt it today, we must have the micro climate to beat them all round here.


Acer Problem

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:20
Alina W wrote (see)

Wait until the leaves have dropped in autumn to move them, definitely not now. They're generally best out of the hottest sun, too - they grow naturally in the shade of larger trees.

You can move anything at almost any time if you take care doing it, they manage all the garden shows with some plants going from one to another.
Prepare the place you want it to go, dig the hole, put in a bit of grit for drainage and some compost to keep the moisture. That sounds a contradiction but it works.
Now dig round well away from the root ball as big a ball as you can handle, I wrap what I am moving in plastic round the root ball, drop it on a shovel and drag it to where I want it if too big to carry, drop it in the hole back fill to the level it was at before moving, heel in or firm down and water in.
If we were having a hot dry summer I would say wait but we are not so move it.


wildflower meadow

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 15:53

As a lad we had hay making which did all the things Alina says, it scattered the seed as it was left to dry then raked up and put on the wain to stack for a nice healthy winter feed for the cattle.
You could in Autumn cut it with the blades right up, rake it up and either add to compost or green waste, this will scatter the seed if dry enough, it cleans up the meadow lets air and light in so it gets a good start in spring.
If you strim it then leave about four inches of stalk but always rake up the loose grass so as not to leave a mat.
Well done on trying to help wildlife, you may have to add some wild flowers by growing seed in pots and planting out in the meadow in spring, they will gradually spread if not over powered by bigger plants.


Acer Problem

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 15:39

Stephen, it is possibly Acer Palmatum at a guess, and obviously does not like its position.
They need a sunny or partial shade position and sheltered, moist cool roots, You could move it to a more sheltered position and try it, as with a lot of plants this year it has probably been to wet and cold.


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