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How to rejuvenate a struggling azalea/rhododendron?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:47

In my experience, ericaceous compost tends to be almost dust like and dries out very quickly (particularly in a pot ).  Check that it hasn't dried out and/or that it is not root bound first.  Then follow the advice for growing these plants and see whether you feel it is worth it or not.

Creocote & climbing plants

Posted: Yesterday at 13:40

Provided the treated fence is thoroughly dry there shouldn't be any problem.  If you are in any doubt, leave it for a week or so.

What are these?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:58

Not a good idea to destroy something without being sure what it is so a photo as Nutcutlet suggests is a good start

amaryllis papillo

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 09:31 yours what previously was sold under the name of Amaryllis Papillon ?  I purchased one bulb in 1995 and now have a good clump.  They flower rarely.......mine have probably only flowered half a dozen times but I admit to not taking a great deal of care over them sometimes


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 09:24

Treat them as you do the adult always works well for me

Thinking of upsetting the neighbors?

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 09:22

Broad beans are edible raw as well as cooked

Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 17:09

LeifUK.........human excrement used to be used on the land......may still be for all I know.

Those with septic tanks can use it on their veg plot ( I used to do it with no ill effects ) provided care is taken as to what is disposed of down the pan.  Human waste these days is exactly that.......another wasted resource. 

pretty but what is it?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:37

Ooh yes Nutcutlet...........philadelphus it is.  Choisya is Mexican orange blossom.  We've just had a fierce hail of them must have hit me on the head

pretty but what is it?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:19

Mock Orange I think Nutcutlet

Fig tree

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:28

Experience helps I suppose

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Discussions started by philippa smith2

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 16:33

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 13:29

Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 18:33

Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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