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Rhod Crompton

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Exotic and beautiful tree but a real nuisance

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 21:09

Love love love this tree! 

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:16

After removing 2 huge rambling roses from a garden yesterday that had climbed about 35 feet into surrounding oak and ash trees I can only recommend chain mail! Seriously tho I tend too use heavy duty builders gloves during the winter and these cope well with brambles, you tend too find a balance with the pressure you apply once getting stabbed a few times! 

Cornus Sanguinea and Viburnum Opulus size reduction

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:57

Late winter, you can either do all the stems right down to about 6 inches from the ground or too a pollard about 2 feet, depending on where in the border they are. Some like too take a proportion of them out each year, but I'm ruthless and go the whole hog. The best coloured stems come on the nesest growth so as long as no stems are no than 3 years old then they still have good colour.

Cornus Sanguinea and Viburnum Opulus size reduction

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:34

 Here's two of mine that grew in different areas of the garden, top one in full sun! Both were coppiced this year and are now 5 feet

Cornus Sanguinea and Viburnum Opulus size reduction

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:40

I think it depends on how much light its exposed too, more vibrant in full sun I believe!

Erysimum Bowles Mauve

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:49

I know people say don't cut these hard but I've cut mine back hard twice and it keeps coming back with fresh vigour!

Cornus Sanguinea and Viburnum Opulus size reduction

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:45

Def kesselringii as the berries are white 


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:50

I've got twelve plants this year, 3 plants per giant grow bag and have only fed them once or twice so far this year! They are all between 5-6 feet tall now and lots of fruit setting, they are outside on a sunny patio and only get watered once or twice a week! I agree that treating them mean gives better results, I'll be taking the tops out this week so only 5-6 truses per plant! Even ate the first few fruits yesterday!

Me again with 3 plant ID's if poss?

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 19:21

Wait until March and then cut it right back too about 12 inches or less! By the summer it should be around 4 feet again with vivid red stems for winter! It looks like cornus alba as it has white berries

Identifying this shrub

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 19:10

Definitely Nandina domestica, commonly known as heavenly bamboo! Nice plant with good all year interest 

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Discussions started by Rhod Crompton

Odd growth on lilac

Two stems appear too be a different plant, I've read that they are sometimes grafted onto privet rootstock 
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Camellia japonica identification help needed

Which cultivar is this? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2015 at 14:11

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

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