Paul N

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Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' problems

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 17:07

Seventeen years ago we planted a Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' and last year I noticed the upper braches failed to come into leaf in the Spring. This year the top half has failed to come into leaf. I have heard of many other Frisias having the same problem and wondered about pruning out the top growth. As this RHS article states, it does seem there is no cure. Sad.

Rain water

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 20:44

Well the kits arrived today and, as I expected, they don't fit. The metal guttering on my greenhouse is not in fact square but the outside edge is not vertical but sloping. 45mins of wittling with a Stanley knife and the use of some silicon sealant and they are now in place. I'll probably link one side with the other and fit a water butt.

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:15

Ventilation is so, so important in a greenhouse. With still moist air, mould can quickly start. My greenhouse roof vent and door remain open almost twelve months of the year and only closed in extremely windy or freezing weather.

cordiline palm

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:52

Yes. You will find that when you break the 'babies' off, they will have roots. My neighbour did this with his cordaline a couple of years ago and he have me three of them.

Tree Peony

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 21:09

Mine is 8ft tall and covered with almost black flower buds. I will prune it this year as it's getting a bit gangly.

Planting a Rambling Rector

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 21:06

Your Rambling Rector like my Bobby James and Kiftsgate may need a couple of years to get going but then one day you'll go outside and look upwards and say "Holy Moses..." Yes, if the compost comes in contact with the roots, well rotted only. You can mulch with fresh stuff but keep it away from the stem. And a bucket of water each week for the first year would be appreciated.

Name !!!!

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:14

1/3 acre, but I have a section called a rose garden which has lots of rose bushes almost exclusively. Oh plus 23ish rose cuttings in the greenhouse.

rainwater storage

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:48


Too many exclamation marks I'm afraid. Here in the South East, except for a few weeks a year, my waterbutts always have a certain amount stored. For the last fortnight, they've been overflowing. I use the rainwater for both the greenhouse and anything in pots or containers (tomatoes) and never anywhere else in the garden unless a plant is clearly distressed. I aim this year to add yet more water butts too. The more the merrier.

rainwater storage

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:14

"To be honest, I believe that collecting rainwater will become a thing of the past, as the seasons become dryer and dryer".

Sorry Marshmello but that doesn't make sense. As the seasons become dryer and dryer, collecting rainwater will become even more important. I am happy with my water butts and IBC (although I have to re-think the way it's placed) and their simple taps. But presumably some gardeners want something either more elaborate or to have the rainwater pumped into the house to top up the toilet cisterns and so on. My own experience from when I used to care for up to twenty four gardens was that people don't give a jot, either for water butts or compost bins. Almost none of my customers wanted either, inspite of my encouragement, because of perceived costs or the unattractiveness of either. Its a shame because they'll all be bleating when the hosepipe bans come in, if they aren't already. My own hosepipe almost never gets used and it's sole purpose is to very occasionally top up the pond.

Name !!!!

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 18:12


No garden is too crowded for roses - I have 72

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