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Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 00:49

It's not Nandina domestica "plum passion" is it?


Or the Photinia as suggested

Ideas of what to grow

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:38

Aparently wasabi is brill in the shade. I'm sure James Wong was talking about it being an alternative to similar crops as you have there already. 

attaching a trellis

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:35

I know this thread was started a long time ago but I have been wondering about fence supports for climbing and twining plants. I was considering wire supports but how best are these fixed? Can it be done or is prefab trellis a better idea? If so, what material is best? I have a Hydrangea anomola petiolaris, Akebia quinata, Pyracantha, honeysuckle, and a Clematis, too. I intend to cover the vertical boundaries as much as possible, both to maximize the space and to maximize the potential for wildlife. TIA. 

Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:25



Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:07

It finally flowered its socks off this year!  The bees were happy.

Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:33

Anyone else had this experience? I love th foliage but want the flowers for the pollinators 

Talkback: How to shape box topiary

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:46
Backyardee I love Lawrencia! Great fun :D

Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:15

Thanks Verdun. Well, the best plant is actually in a lot of sun and has not been affected by the tree (two borders, only one was shaded). I do not feed anything or water except containers and very new plants, as I prefer to feed the soil but haven't had to do that yet, apart from applying a mulch to help retain moisture. Fingers crossed!

Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:43

Hum, thanks nutcutlet. II have never even seen buds on it. I hope you enjoy yours when they're out!

Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:22

Hello again folks,

Three years ago at the end of the season I bought some small, cheap Geranium pratense plants for my wildlife garden. I planted them out a year later when we moved to our new home in 2011/12. The soil is neutral and fairly loamy but a bit sandy in places. We have not done any soil improvement as most plants are wild flower types and in most parts of the garden the soil is already good. Last year it really took off, with lots of lovely foliage, and again this year. Neither time has it flowered. I am flummoxed! We have it on both sides of the garden. Roughly N facing garden yet now much sunnier all over after we removed a huge conifer. Any ideas why we have not seen a single flower?! 


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