philippa smith2

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Trailing lobelia

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 19:59

If it is flowering now, which I assume it is, I can't see any advantage in chopping it back unless all the flowers are spent. Pinching out when the plants are young means they will be bushier - more stems and more flowers.  Leave at least a couple of stems and harvest the seed for next time


Posted: 06/07/2017 at 18:25

There are a couple of threads in the Wildlife Gardening section dealing with Hedgehogs  - or try sending a PM to Mark56 and he will be able to help you with info and advice.

Olive Bonsai - lost?

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 13:47

Best of luck barborag

jasmine in a pot without trellis

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 18:31

So what's the question ?  If you think it would work for you, then go ahead and do it.

You seem to pose all sorts of queries but rarely take advice on board.

Use your nous and try things - known as a learning curve I believe

Olive Bonsai - lost?

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 18:16

If you will forgive my saying but you've made a bit of a pigs ear of your Bonsai - sorry - not trying to be rude

You don't really "trim" established Bonsai as you would with a full sized tree/shrub - you "shape" them as such to follow the growth.

There is also no need to leave the wire on either - it has already done it's job in shaping the mature branches.  You only need wire when you have new growth and you have decided how to balance your tree.

Unsure from your pic whether the pot is "the" pot or whether you have an inner pot ?  Could be worth turning it out and seeing what sort of root ball you have.

There are several Bonsai Societies in the Uk - try contacting them and see if you can get some advice from them,  Alternatively, I'm sure there is someone on this forum who may be able to help - hopefully they will spot your thread and be able to help you 

John Innes quality (or lack of it)

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 16:37

I'd agree with Dove - JI is simply a formula and so many different companies manufacture it these days that the quality is not consistent.

Tweaking it with additional MPC and even grit does help to give you a better growing medium specific to your requirements.

Mike is correct in that the J I Institute is a respected research establishment but I don't believe it has anything to do with the production of the JI brand.  No harm in asking of course but as each brand can be different, I'm not sure they could really offer you definitive advice. 

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 16:08

Can't really offer any advice other than what previous posters advised me.

I ended up returning my camera and was told that there had been other complaints of a similar nature.  Evidently there was a problem with that particular type which the supplier was looking into.

I can sympathise with your dilemma - nothing quite as frustrating as expecting pictures and getting zero 

If you are unable to pick anything useful from this thread, I can only suggest that you contact the supplier/manufacturer and see what they say.

Glory vine

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 18:41

Fingers crossed this end too

Glory vine

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 14:56

It isn't really the best time of year to move any plant.

Best method if it has to be done now/2 weeks time would be to prepare the new site first. Trim the vine down to a manageable height, ensure you water well, dig up with as much of the root ball as possible and pop in the chosen spot. Water again.

As to whether it will recover, that is up to you and the weather. It is a beautiful plant so I hope you are successful

Sign of Life and Strawberry Roots

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 18:00

Just roots or any sign of growth ?  At 5 p each, why not pot them up and see what happens ?  You were obviously prepared to give them a go otherwise you wouldn't have bought them I assume

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