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Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:26

..hardiness might be an issue for you in Oxfordshire, but any of these should be alright in most winters when established...

...I also go with Arbutus unedo, especially the variety 'rubra'...bit slow to start....'Atlantic' is a bit larger...more vigorous... can be trained into tree shape...

Pittosporum tenuifolium...var. 'Golden King' nice, or any of the silver ones, which can suffer in a bad winter...small flowers, hardly noticed, but good evening scent...May...fine foliage all year...will develop, if survives, into a large conical which time you can grow a Clematis alpina up it...

Ceanothus... esp. 'Concha'.. can be trained, after it's developed a good trunk, into a small tree shape with a wide head...

Daphne 'jacqueline postil'... my plant, 4 years old, is now about 6 foot by 3 foot will spread more with age and get taller... flowers Jan-Apr...

...I have the dwarf Korean lilac...I leave it in the greenhouse all Spring for the fine scent...then outside rest of be perfectly's a bit boring after it's flowered...

Rose pruning

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:50

..this looks to me like the rambler 'Goldfinch'...which is a multiflora type, typical for early flowering and mostly thornless.... it flowers only once during the year, May/June... and I wonder if what is happening here is that someone is pruning back the growths later in the year, which means they are cutting off next year's flowering wood.....which would explain why it hasn't flowered for 5 years...

.... it flowers on stems that it has made during the previous year...any pruning or cutting back should only be done immediately after flowering...then cut out the stems that have flowered [not many here].... and tie in all the others to supports, preferably allowing some long shoots to flow downwards which increases flowering on those stems... or horizontally....

....if those lovely yellow flowers quickly fade to a creamy white, then it's 'Goldfinch'... they also have a nice scent I believe...

Dry shade

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:07
chicky wrote (see)

But you have West Acre

...I went there Tuesday, had a lovely's well off the beaten track but delightful countryside all around...if anyone is visiting north Norfolk, it's well worth a visit if you have time...and if you have a dog with you, one of you can walk them in the parkland nearby...whilst the other goes shopping....[come back in 2]

...I only bought a few plants... Geranium maculatum 'Elizabeth Ann'.... Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Carina'....other Geraniums...Verbena's....oh some other little things.....Delosperma...and a wavy grass Deschampsia 'Tatra Gold'...I absolutely love this one..

...just inside the entrance was a most gorgeous dome shaped plant in full bloom... Deutzia 'Nikko' was just fantastic...

Unknown Plant/Small tree ID

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:24

..that one is a Davidia involucrata...pocket handerkerchief tree...

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:36

..conflicting reports going on there... my garden is alive with aphids and I first noticed them on my roses as early as February this wet winter...I hose them off long as you don't find one crawling across your pillow....then all is not too bad....

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:54

...what's done is done and I wouldn't bother trying to change it now but adapt to living with it and see how things've only planted a couple of Rhododendrons and a few Azaleas by the sound of things..if you notice any yellowing on the leaves over time, then I would treat with some liquid feed suitable for these plants, and to keep up that regime...once a month or so...during the growing season,... but for now you will just have to monitor the situation.... for any further planting I might avoid acid lovers and just plant more easy going plants until you see if your Rhododendrons are suffering at all...

..if your soil is naturally acidic then I wouldn't worry about it too much, personally...

What do I grow?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:32 there anyone else in the country that grows a Eugenia...? [Surinam Cherry].. I'm finding it rather lonely...

...I don't think I'll be making a cherry cake with



Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:57 that garden pictured above here very much chicky.... especially the stone wall and steps area...

Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:47

..this is my first year growing tomatoes in them, so cannot answer that one for now... but I would think going away for a couple of nights wouldn't be a problem...perhaps a little longer, even....  

Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:02

..I think they're nice containers Jim.. I prefer them to grow bags...last year I grew celery in them, outdoors...they did very well, surprisingly... best of luck...

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