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creating a new bed

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:35 my experience, most Hydrangeas are best grown in the ground.  If yours is suffering from being pot bound there doesn't seem to be any advantage in taking it out and replacing it in the same size pot.

 If there is really no alternative, you could prune the top growth down, reduce the size of the rootball and put back in the same pot with new compost and keep well watered.  I wouldn't like to say that you would end up with a good specimen tho.

Someone else may have a better idea or method

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:14

Duckweed Eradication - Any experiences?

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 14:48

And then look forward to it returning the following year are doing what most pond owners do I think.  IMHO it is preferable to blanket weed and it really does no harm.

I don't think you will totally eradicate it and any "products" which claim to do this should be looked upon with some suspicion...........or at the very least ,with a large pinch of salt

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 14:38

Fleurisa.............I stopped watching many of the gardening programmes when they began to go downhill..........ditto with the magazines.  I can't honestly say that it has had a detrimental effect on my life so far

petrol strimmers

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 14:13

Gina.......I'd agree with Colin.  Just make sure that when you go to look/buy that you tell the sales person that it is YOU who will be using it.  They do tend to be on the heavy side and what some hefty 6 foot bloke can easily use, you may find yourself struggling.

(I'm taking it you are not a hefty 6 foot bloke ? ) if you are then completely ignore me


Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 13:55

Winniecat.............hope you have a good day at Taunton

I've been a couple of times but not since 2001.  At that time, it was excellent as were the specialist Plant Fairs at Taunton too.  I think Taunton has a pretty good name in show circles so hopefully it will still be a worthwhile experience.

Have no idea who Toby Buckland is/was so can't help on that.

Chinese Gooseberry

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:58

Julie.........check which variety you have.  There are a couple of self fertile of which is called "Jenny".

Forum names

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:34

Provided they are Reds rather than Greys or you will have to answer to Steve309 I think

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:29

Like I is a personal thing.....

AJak........hope Flossie enjoyed her evening

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:42

Yvies............I don't think anyone can offer a guarantee that Mouse not might venture into your nice warm house come winter ( I know we are all clever on here but....? )

Actually, I wasn't thinking Rat so much as Field (as opposed to House ) Mouse or Vole.

However, it sounds like it is simply going to be between you and your OH..........only you know your strengths in that quarter.  Just make sure you have your arguments ready should you win and it backfires  Mouse may well be happy to keep to his/her patch........a meaningful discussion with it may not go amiss one quiet evening.  Tho heaven knows what your neighbours might think if they spot you seemingly communing with a hole in the ground


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