Paul N

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Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 19:48

It's like comparing Tracey Emin soiled bed sheets with a Leonardo da Vinci drawing. The pseuds rave over the former whilst the rest of us appreciate and enjoy the latter. Not all Chelsea gardens are not to my taste and a few are excellent. But.... 

rose clear

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 19:40

What do the instructions on the packaging say?

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' problems

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 19:39

I've sawn off the obviously dead branches reducing the 20ft tree by half. I saw no signs of eggs but parts of the bark were canker-like and flakey, and there was dark staining on the sawn ends. I think this will be her last year sadly, after seventeen years.

PS Since my inital post I've seen three Paulownia tomentosa trees in Battersea Park and an even grander one in Eccleston Square. It's not called the Foxglove Tree for nothing. Fabulous!

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:12

Mrs Evans, You just don't get it , do you? And neither do I.

naming plants

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 19:44

If you in the UK, both are available over here.

naming plants

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 19:28

I'll second those I/Ds

What is eating these chilli seedlings

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 19:24

Slugs or snails ate one of mine. A few slug pellets and they might recover.

Photinia -

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 18:52

They don't like alkaline soil, Abby? Really? Our garden is on the North Downs with solid chalk only a few feet below the soil level. No signs of stress with our shrub. I've even got a rhododenron growing pretty happily too. I mulch it well in the spring and give it a dose of sequestered iron once in a blue moon, and she flowers beautifully.


Posted: 12/05/2012 at 19:49

Prune after flowering, and prune to the ground. Next year you will have masses of new growth and flowers.

Sharpening Garden shears

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 19:46

No need. Just buy a fine file and duplicate the angle that the previous sharpening was done at. It's not rocket science, really. Place the hedge trimmers in an engineers vice.

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