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Rosemary Dinning

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cat deterent

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 11:52

A neighbour has 4 cats which stroll through our garden as if they own it - and then do what comes naturally of course.  I must have spent a fortune on trying to stop them but being crafty cats, they get used to anything that once scared them.  I have given up feeding the birds as food was just rotting in the feeders because nothing visited.  The birds must have "spread the word" about the cats lurking amongst the bushes.


How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 12:15

A column-type cactus which I bought as a 4" youngster around 1975.  We had to cut it in half last year when one of its three stems was pushing against the roof of the conservatory, around 10ft tall.  It's resprouting quite happily now.

Houseplant Cyclamen

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 12:11

I watch the condition of the leaves - if they start to feel "soft" it's time to water.  Don't wait till they've wilted completely!   Despite advice to the contrary, I find it's OK to water from the top, as long as you make sure the water only goes on the soil round the edges of the corm, not onto the corm itself.  When you have let them die off later in the year, and leave the pots unattended outdoors, watch out for vine weevil grubs when you repot.  The beetles have a sneaky habit of laying eggs in the compost if they get the chance while the pots are dormant.


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 10:40

I have a five year old amelanchier in a huge container (which has rooted down into the soil below).  Every year it leafs up and blossoms well, with a good set of berries.  By late July, all the leaves start to shrivel and the berries go black.  The soil is always kept fed and well watered (without being soggy).  If the tree starts off the year well, why does it fail like this (regardless of what sort of summer it has been).  The condition looks rather like fireblight on pyracanthus.

Talkback: Winter flowers and bumblebees

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:33

We have two mahonias, a chimonanthes, two lonicera fragrantissima which sustain quite a few bumble bees (and other small bees) through most of the winter.  It's great seeing them scrambling round the lonicera which are right outside the back door.

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:30

I have a healthy Virginia creeper growing up a south facing hedge (to hide the dying leylandii), in rather clayey soil.  The leaves have never turned red in autumn, they just go an anaemic pink before dropping.  Any suggestions, please?

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:36

In 4/5 years, my virginia creeper, growing on a south-facing fence in clayey soil, has never coloured up in autumn.  Some leaves sometimes go anaemic pink before dropping.

Sorbus (Whitebeam)

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:14

Thanks for the replies.  I am pleased it wasn't something I said!!  Hopefully the tree will bloom doubly well next year.  Thanks again

Sorbus (Whitebeam)

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 18:55

There were no flowers on my whitebeam this year, though last year's display was brilliant.  Noticed similar trees in Sainsbury's carpark had no flowers either.  Is there any reason for this?

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Late summer dieback 
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Virginia Creeper

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Virginia Creeper

Colour problem 
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Last Post: 28/10/2013 at 17:13

Sorbus (Whitebeam)

No flowers 
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Last Post: 18/11/2012 at 10:14
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