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Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:52 say your Gardenia was purchased many moons ago as an "outdoor" plant.

If you purchased in the UK, as far as I know the common Gardenia was always grown as a house plant.  In the last couple of years, some companies are selling a "hardy" Gardenia but that is very much open to interpretation. 

Gardenias are not the easiest plants to keep happy - cool but not cold, light but not sun, damp but not wet. 

If the leaves are turning yellow and dropping that is usually a sign of EITHER over watering OR just a natural dropping of leaves at this time of year.  It could be that you are misting too much without providing the optimum conditions.  Even evergreen plants need a little respite.

There is little point in feeding it at the need to see some shoots emerging before you worry about that.

If the stems are green and you have access to a Propagator, take some cuttings.

At the very least, don't abandon it now..........wait for natural higher temps and light levels and see if it will produce new leaves/shoots.

Really sorry not to be more helpful but wish you luck















Rats feeding on bird food! What to do?

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:29

Sounds harsh at this time of year but most "Rat" people suggest not putting any food out for a few weeks.  If there is nothing to attract the Rats, they will give up and move on.

Has to be said tho.......if you have a constant Rat problem, you probably need to call in the local council.  If your neighbours persist in leaving food and/or general rubbish around, whatever steps you take to eliminate the problem won't really work.

GG is right too............Rooks, Jackdaws, Starlings and Pigeons will usually clear away the detritus from the bird feeders before the Rats get a chance.  Instead of trying to keep these particular scavenging birds from your garden, let them clear up for you. 

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:55


Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:54

Many thanks Verdun........that definitely sounds the same one.

Like you, the area was quite mild ( SW coastal) so I'm probably correct in remembering it as evergreen.  It should do ok for me here too so I shall track some down in the near future as I am keen to have it again


New Pots in bags

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:17

Nutcutlet.........I have tried Vaseline around the rims of planters which contained courgettes.

It works for a while but I found it wore off after a bit and unless you really slathered it on ( which makes moving the pots if you need/have a mind to ) a bit disgusting, I'm not convinced.  You also get funny looks from the sales staff when you ask for several jars of the stuff

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:04

Our present govt. ( in the light of the coming election) has been highlighting the latest employment figures...........if you popped down to Earth from another planet, you may well be forgiven for thinking that all is well on "the Job front".  What I haven't heard explained is how many of these recently employed people are actually in full time work as opposed to part time or - as mentioned above - the zero hour contracts.

Par time and even zero hour can be a good thing but that depends so much on individual circumstances.  There is little benefit to those seeking full time employment if they are unable to obtain such a position.

Perhaps it may be more enlightening if the employment figures broke the stats down ?  Or is that expecting a bit too much ?

Is bistort meant to go brown?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:45

If it is doing well other than naturally dying down in winter, I'd leave well alone Bigbarb.

If you are concerned, just take a root off, pot him up and then you will have at least something to replant

New Pots in bags

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:41

Those woven sacks that you buy animal feed in seem to work quite well for a season.  Basic dustbins are good too.  Whatever you choose, you are always going to have to keep an eye out .

Mystery bulbs need identifying!

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:34

All the pics certainly look like Day Lillies...........too many hairy bits for Agapanthus   They look exactly the same as my Hems which are just starting to sprout again.  The Agapanthus haven't even bothered to die back this winter tho I understand some are "evergreen" ?  No idea which mine are as they were given to me .

Talkback: Five ways to eradicate weeds

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:10 do need to eradicate the perennial weeds ( bind weed, bramble, dandelion, etc. ) before laying your gravel.

Glyphosate really only works well when you can spray or paint it on the top growth so unfortunately you will need to wait until the weeds are growing and producing enough leaves.  With the likes of bramble and bind weed, it may take several applications to totally rid the area.

The advantage of Glyphosate is that it becomes inactive on the actual soil so you can re plant fairly soon after application.  The disadvantage is that , as above, one application is unlikely to be sufficient.  Best perhaps to start off your Lillies, Hydrangeas, etc. in pots until you know that the baddies have been dealt with.

Weed suppressing membrane is not all it is cracked up to be IME.........if you have any perennial weeds left, they will force their way thru the membrane within a season or two.  Also bear in mind that you will still need to do some weeding to remove any annual weeds blown or carried into your garden.

Hope this helps a bit and I wish you all the luck in making some nice borders

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