philippa smith2

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Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:35

I don't think I'd go to the trouble of buying grapes for them but they enjoy the leftovers on my vine. You have to draw the line somewhere and it isn't particularly wise to have them reliant on an easy food source.

They are usually happy enough with Ivy berries, and all the fruit thru the summer. I,m not aware of any decline in this bird which would necessitate particular feeding. 

However nice it is to feed your "special" friends, you need to also let nature take its course.

Troublesome reeds

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:22

Pretty sure that the photo shows a Bamboo - not sure which one but it isn't a reed.

The only realistic way to remove the whole plant would be a mini digger or a lot of hard digging.  Some of the bamboo species can be very invasive/spreading and the years of neglect you mention means it has run riot.

A good soaking all the way around and gradually try and lift it - sorry


Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:15

Kale "Black Tuscany" is also an excellent variety.  

Growing Herbs

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:10

You only need to prune the Rosemary, Sage and Thyme as such - they are shrubs and need to be kept trimmed to benefit their growth. It pays to take cuttings every couple of years as all 3 can become woody. The others you mention, apart from the Oregano, tend to be annuals in the UK so you grow and use and then sow again for next season. Constant snipping for use in the kitchen can take its toll - sometimes a good idea to sow successionally for the longest period of harvest.

Chilli plants don't require pruning but they do require a long season to produce their fruit successfully.

What tree is this?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 18:59

Definitely a Banana - Musa basjoo tend to be the hardiest in the UK - lucky you

What am I?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 19:11

Thank god for wasn't my imagination then 

Actually, I've found they can be funny buggers - in a former garden, mine enjoyed the sun - in my neighbour's garden, they flower profusely in semi shade.

Nowt so queer as plants

Mexican orange blosdom

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 19:03

They are usually quite forgiving plants.  Did you prepare the planting hole properly ?  Have you watered them in thoroughly ?  

Newly planted shrubs can take a little while to establish so it may just be that.  If you think you have them correctly planted and in the right soil/location, it is probably just a question of letting them establish.

Children & Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Firethorn etc

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 18:57

I'd certainly agree with almost all of the above comments re the OP's chosen hedge plants.

I'd also agree that Hebes are not ideal hedging plants - stand alone shrubs, yes - hedging - not really.

They do have a place tho and their hardiness will depend on your location - here in the SWest, at least 4 varieties are hardy enough to get thru the winter and generally do quite well.

What am I?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 18:41

I'm inclined to go with the Leycesteria too - they like a bit of leg room to flower IME and the pot doesn't appear to give it much space.

Whatever it might be, it's definitely not Bamboo

Small plant for between pond stones.

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 17:11

I too use the golden form of Lysimachia but agree it can take over somewhat.

As you appear to have a nice fern over to one side, I'm assuming the bit you want to plant is not in full sun ?  Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow is a good matting type - not sure it will actually cope with being under water but spreads nicely.  There is also a small form of Campanula - a spreading evergreen which is covered in beautiful blue flowers from Spring to Autumn.  Doesn't require deep soil so may suit your needs.

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