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Clematis through a shrub?

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 22:54

Some advice please.  I have a large Chimonanthes Praecox which, at this time of year, is a great joy but for the rest of the year it is very dull and not very interesting at all.  I am thinking of planting a climber, perhaps  a summer flowering clematis to give it a second season of interest but under no circumstances would I want any harm to come to the wintersweet.  Has any one else done this?  What success did you have.  What sort of climber would you reccomend?  If you have room for it and don't mind the dull green leaves for most of the year I would thoroughly reccommend Chimonanthes.  On still sunny days it scents the air for many yards and one or two twigs in the house brought into the house......delicious.  It grows very easily from seed.

An open note to all Shops big and small,

Posted: 22/12/2011 at 20:05

You are so lucky to have garden centres!  Be grateful and put up with grotty santas once a year.  Here we have "pepineristes".!  It's the same old, same old boring plants, the tried and tested , never anything new or interesting.  And they are closed on Sundays.  Most of the plants are pot bound and so dry you are taking a risk buying them.   Having said all that , in my local supermarket, i have just bought a camelia for 3 euros.  It is pot bound, very dry but desparately still alive.  I felt sorry for it so I bought it even though my soil is nuetral not acid so it's not going to be easy. Wish it luck please.

Box going bare

Posted: 22/12/2011 at 19:54

I have box trees in pots which I have been trying to shape to what the Japanese call "Clouds"  without any success whatever.  The shrubs have been in the same pots for 8 years and are still green and look very healthy but, weather permitting , I am going to put them in the garden, "set them free" as my husband says , and hope to continue training them.  I have found that box can withstand neglect and going without water for ages without seeming to come to any harm.

Problems with Quince

Posted: 20/12/2011 at 23:32

I have a large quince tree but rarely get to eat any of the fruit as it suffers very badly with brown rot.  I religously pick off infected fruit as soon as I see it.  I pick up and burn all the leaves and keep the area under the tree clear but the problem is geeting worse. Is it because the tree branches are covered in lichen and this is harbouring the spores?  It is far too big to scrub free of lichen.  Any thoughts please?

Box going bare

Posted: 20/12/2011 at 23:19

Box is very tough and hard to kill so it will probably survive with some T L C .  Is it possible that there is a dog about with a taste for marking it's territory on your flower pot?  Could it be that the damaged side is always in the shade?  If it is a dog , give the plant a good wash, trim of the damaged bits , feed it next spring and hope for the best. Keep turning the pot so that every side gets some light some of the time.  IN case it is beyond hope you could try taking cuttings in early autumn and start training new plants to replace it.  Good luck.

Welcome to the problem solving forum

Posted: 15/12/2011 at 23:11

Hi , I have a large, old Quince tree but every year the quinces suffer from brown rot and we rarely get to eat any.  I was told it was too dry  so in went loads of ash and compsost and leaf mould......if anything the problem is worse now, even the leaves had brown patches on them this year.   I clear up and burn all the leaves  and all the bad fruit is carefully disposed of.  What else can I try please?   Please don't say it is too wet after all my hard work!  

hi all, got some bugs i'm stuck with.

Posted: 15/12/2011 at 22:59

Could you have chickens for 2 years or so ?  Keep them confined to the veg. garden and after awhile you will have no weed seeds , no nasty lurking beasties and wonderfully tilled and fertilised soil.  The only problem is what to do with the birdies when they have done their thing.  Of course you could always eat them.

Talkback: Nature in the garden

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 22:50

dozens of blackbirds in my garden but I have only seen one goldfinch so far but the weather here is still very mild.  They will (probably) be back when it gets really cold. I grow teasels and evening primrose for the birds, they really like the seeds.  What other seeds attract them?  I should say that the fields here have been growing sunflowers, maize and wheat so there is still loads of stuff out there for them.

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