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Help with plants for boggy garden

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 14:52

Hosta - astilbes - goats beard - lysichiton like moist/wet soil. maybe you should make a pond  and get some aquatic plants 

Wisteria planting.

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:51

I thought the top being pinched out would be a problem, i see what i can do, maybe just train it as a tree i dunno. If only i had a pergola or a wall. Got lots of fencing but it would outlast the fencing in matter of no time. 

Wisteria planting.

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:25

Thanks for the advise, After a closer look today it looks like it is grafted, its got two leaders. It has not been trained into a standard but hopefully it will if i am lucky , the top been pinched out though which could be a problem  Here a couple of pictures. Cost me £9, i might to buy another already trained, if this one cant be trained into a standard


Wisteria planting.

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 01:26

I bought a Chinese wisteria prolific today. Specifically i want a standard wisteria, but i dont know what to do? i don't want to plant it directly in the ground. If i moved house i be devastated if i couldn't bring it with me, especially if i manged to train it into a standard. 

Was thinking maybe plant it in a Oak wine barrel ( 27 inch diameter - 19 inch depth ) i heard that people have grown them in pots before, but i dont know. The pruning isn't a problem its just planting it. i not let it get to big about 8 foot high

I shouldnt of bought it really but i always want one, all logic want out the window when i saw it. i dont think its  grafted ( i hope it not been grown from seed ) , i dont know if its ever flowered should of bought one earlier when it was flowering. 

Has anyone else got a wisteria? where  have you planted it?

what could this plant be please

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 01:01

Foxglove? thats the only thing what springs to mind,  its hard to say without a picture

biennials to plant in situ over the next month?

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 12:39

Hi , i was sowing some seeds the other day - wall flowers, sweet williams going to so sow Myosotis , fox glove soon as well. 

Cheap alternative for basket / trough liners?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 21:35

i just been given two quite large trough baskets about 42' long, i got a few bedding plants for them. i dont feel like coughing up the dosh for liners. Anyone got any ideas on a cheap alternative? was thinking maybe bin liner

gardening for a living

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:44

Hi Kevin i do gardening for a living. I been doing it full time from the day i left school 8 years ago now ( i getting old now  ) I work for my Dad who been doing self employed for the last 35 years, so can make a living out of it but i wouldnt expect to be a millionaire or well off. They is a lot of hardwork involved in gardening as alot people know doing there own garden.

Like some other people have said what side of Gardening are you interested in? There is landscaping/designing - garden maintenance - tree surgery etc. I do garden maintenance and the odd bits of tree surgery. Most of the money we make is in Grass cutting, we do over 150 gardens for grass cutting some have it done fortnightly or once a month, we normally do hedge pruning now for privets - bux etc but most after the grass has finished growing.

I personally like the plant side, i like grow thing so i grow a few extra bedding plants for anyone who wants them. And i would like to do some garden design. 

A lots of your costumers you get to know really well, its really nice when they make a brew and you can have a good chat 

One thing you must consider is cost of machines, they cost an arm and a leg New. A decent second hand lawn mower will cost a few hundred pound. And maintaining the machines - cost of fuel - van/trailer - tools etc. 

There not a lot or hardly anything to do in winter 

If you like any more info or any questions just message me and i get back to you.


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:52

Are talking about begonia sempleflorans? As Dove said already i cut down on the watering, after my experience from last with probably over watering i lost quite a few with botrytis ( its like a grey mold what appears on the lower leaves where it most moist/damp/wet and slow destroys the plant eventually ) i pick of any leaves what have signs of botrytis.

Now i let them nearly dry out and they done a lot better this year.

Mixing lilys bulbs

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 18:54

Hi just reporting back about my maroon lilys what are starting to flower . They not as dark as black jewel 

But after a investigation today,  my other lilys muscat - stargazer - tree lilys haven't fared so well.  My muscat & stargazer were starting to rot, and the slugs have got my tree lilys .  I have potted them up in the Greenhouse and hoping for the best


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