Paul N

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Water butts

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 19:43

PD, Black plastic? Thats a new one on me. Thanks.


Buddleia pruning?

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:15

No. Keep doing what you are doing. That's the way I've always done it.


The last programme in the series

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 15:43

Thank you Gardeners World for another wonderful series, and I've enjoyed every single one. Utter joy, and have a good break.

Water butts

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 15:40

Some advice about the 1000 litre tank. I had one but because our small van was too small for the tank, we had to remove and leave behind the cage. Without this cage, the tank bloats and get's distorted. Also 1000 ltres of rainwater is mighty heavy; our soft soil subsided and it fell over. Also the tank needs covering to exclude sunlight as this caused the inside to turn black/green and smelly. It cost me about #35 but with a little work they are great.


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 17:17

Ernie, You and I must have been gardening for so many years we know that things are not always set in stone. Ideally we prune buddleia in early Spring but if they are out of control and damaged other neighbouring plants, they should still survive a November prune. As you say, we see them growing in all sorts of places like railway embankments and even out of brick walls and gutters. Probably what is worse is being too timid with the pruning. Light pruning just caused a bushy top growth and a bare trunk.

Monty Donn

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 20:00


Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 00:08

And as for no light in your garage, so what? It won't need light. The leaves and flowers will have been picked off if you've followed advice or dropped off if you haven't. The plant will go into it's dormant period, it is resting. And as for 'water sparingly', thats been answered above. It's a HARDY fuchsia which means in the ground it will stand the winter outside. In a pot, in your garage, you won't need to concern yourself with taking cuttings..

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 15:00

Yes Karen, as I said before, the Spring is the best time for cuttings. Even if you don't have a greenhouse, find it some shelter somewhere, a shed, garage, porch or in the spare (unheated) bedroom. Water very very sparingly during the Winter. Next Spring when it warms up, bring it out into the daylight and begin to water not too much to start with.  When the shoots start to appear, take a few cuttings. These need be no longer and an inch and will root quickly. My mother used to put her cuttings into 2" cubes of Oasis and kept wet. The roots would eventually appear through the sides of the cube so then she would pot them up.


Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:50


I am still mystified but have a look at these to see if they match your shrub -

Ardisia crenata, Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima', Ilex decidua or Ilex verticillata.



Posted: 24/10/2012 at 19:17


I don't recognise the plant but I don't understand why your one year old is allowed out in the garden unsupervised. Our three children were repeatedly told to never, never, ever put berries into their mouths without a grown up's say so. This is especially important as there are quite a number of poisonous but every day plants in our gardens. We have a large pair of Yews in our garden and our grandchildren KNOW not to put berries into their mouths. In your case, if you cannot/will not supervise you one year old, you must either keep her out of the garden until she is old enough to understand or snip off all of the berries now.

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