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mystery tree

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:14

Eucalyptus was my first thought, but I'm not sure about the serrated edged leaf. Whether it's deciduous or evergreen would help too. You could try this http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/tree-identification/. Alternatively just post a photo

As an aside if anyone has a smartphone there's a good little app called TreeID. There's also a Bird Song ID, so while you're identifying the tree you can check out what birds are in it! 

Screening help

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:57

When I first moved in this house my neighbour planted 2 conifers and kept them smallish. Then she moved. I've had 3 subsequent neighbours in the last 10 years. none have trimmed the conifers. They are now about 20 feet tall and block light out to several neighbours gardens. I gather they're about to complain to the council.There is something called the "Hedge height" rule (http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/hedgeheight.pdf)

Mixed hedges are very good, and good for wildlife too. Escallonia is also a good choice especially for encouraging bees, and on my way to work there's a house with a pyracantha hedge. If you get the timing of the cutting right - which they do - it can have a profusion of flowers and berries. Conifers belong in forests in my opinion, and yes they are dull and boring.

Feeding tomatoes with powdered milk

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:40

And to further what Alina says it's used for Blossom end rot as that's a calcium deficiency. Actually most of what I've read says you can use powdered or proper milk, but full fat not non fat. Classed as an environmentally safe fungicide. Well you live and learn!


Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:33

Though Hoya is a lovely plant, it is a houseplant in this country. Both Clematis Freckles and Trachelospermum are lovely choices. Why not grow both intertwined  I'm assuming it's a sunny spot?  Also Clematis armandii is evergreen, very pretty, early flowering and fragrant

Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:19
EllieS1982 wrote (see)

Hmmm.  I cut across the stem about three weeks ago now, and all that has happened is that the "stump" end is looking a bit shrivelled.  I wasn't able to replant the leaf end as I didn't have another pot and compost (I did mention that I'm not a gardener!), so now I'm getting a bit worried that I've lost Dragon-Bob altogether.  His stem still seems robust and healthy and I've given it a good feed, but should I be able to see some signs of regrowth by now?


 I've had a Draceana Marginata for  mumbly mumbly years. I chop it down to ground level when it reaches the ceiling and give the offshoots to friends and relatives - or I did but I think they've all got one now. Some years ago after a chop I got 2 branches. I keep it out of full sun, and water it only when the compost is dry. I give it a slow release fertiziler tablet in spring and another early summer. It's even survived the kitten peeing on it.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 00:09

I have several but last year I put one in a hanging basket - following something I heard on GW or GQT about how in eastern countries they're often grown like that, and it keeps the slugs off them. I'm fairly rubbish at hanging baskets. It's too much like planting out bedding plants every year, so this seemed a good solution. It's grown really well. I used one of those baskets with a reservoir in. Thinking of getting another

Bearded Iris

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 22:29

I'd also divide them. They should be divided every three or four years. As Alina has said if they're covered they won't flower - are they in the middle of a border? They really do need to get lots of sun to their rhizomes. I have mine on the edge of a border and they've flowered very well for the last 3 years. I'll be dividing them this year

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 22:13

Well Doris after you said they were slow to grow I went back and looked at the pot. Nearly had to get the magnifying glass out but yes there are 2 very small, but definitely VB seddlings coming through!


Posted: 27/06/2012 at 06:42

I don't trim my leeks either. Last year I harvested the last ones in about November. This year they don't seem to be fattening out as much, but I'm sure they'll catch up, if we ever get more than one day's sun at a time .  

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 06:34

Having a quick look through Gary's ident I think I'd be inclined to cut your losses Mum, dig everything up and start again. You really need to get rid of the weeds first - especially the bindweed. When I first moved in my current house my back garden looked like that - actually there were less plants. My preferred method of gardening is show no soil. I now probably spend an hour a month weeding using this method. The initial hard work pays off in the long run.

The ones which are plants you can pot up and put back in, though the nicotania is an annual so it is unlikley to survive into next year. I imagine the Aquilega is the common form - usually arrived at by planting a named variety and then allowing it to seed. Initially I'd pull those out too. You'll probably not get them all anyway and they are pretty.

Right off to work now. Typical, since the weekend finished the weather's been lovely!



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