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Escallonia cutting/layer

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 14:45

Thanks Fairy.  I'm just south of Inverness, quite high up.  Frosts here too at night, but though we can see the snow on the hills, none here yet, hopefully not for a while yet.  Don't like winter!  Brrr!  

Escallonia cutting/layer

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 19:45

Thanks Fidgetbones for confirming what I thought.  It's quite sheltered under the original bush, so hopefully it'll come through the winter OK and I'll have a nice new plant in Spring..  Definitely feeling quite wintry at night here now .

Escallonia cutting/layer

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 22:26

Trying to clear the border of leaves, I've discovered that my escallonia has layered itself and I now have a very healthy looking new little plant alongside.  I'm wondering if I should lift and pot it up now or leave well alone until Spring.  I'm in the North of Scotland and it's getting very chilly now.

Deer scarer

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 19:32

Oops, should have said, the hair should be put around the plants the deer like to eat.  Anything is worth a try

Deer scarer

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 19:30

Don't know if this works either, but I've heard that they don't like human hair.  Perhaps a visit to the local hairdressers and barbers would be an idea.  They would have lots of cut hair to get rid of!

What's eating my violas?

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 20:27

Having emptied my summer pots, I've now been planting some pretty little violas.  Most are doing well, but one pot has been demolished from the flowers downwards, leaving just bare stems.  Doesn't look like the usual slug damage, but perhaps it is .  Any thoughts before I plant some more.  Thanks for any advice.

Bizzy Lizzies dying quickly

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 19:56

It's been the same here - north of Scotland.  I haven't bought Lizzies for a few years now following the fungus or whatever it was affecting them, but for the first time in ages, this year I decided to try them again.  Half way through September, they're looking very sad, and I'm thinking of emptying the pots already.  Maybe they've not thoroughly recovered from what ailed them for quite a few years .

Lupin - to move or not to move

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 20:23

Thanks Dave.  I'll wait till the foliage has started to die down and then move it.  As you say, what have I got to lose .

Lupin - to move or not to move

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:35

I have a lupin, about two or three years old, flowered well this year but has now finished.  It's really not quite in the right place and could do with being moved further back in the border.  I'm wondering whether it's worth it, or should I just start again with a new one next year.  All advice welcome, thank you.

Philadelphus pruning

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 20:12

Just wondering about the same thing with mine.  It's very sparse, had virtually no flowers and I'm thinking of chopping it back to about half of the height. I'll go with Peter and Chloe and go for it!  For the chop tomorrow! 

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