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Latest posts by shazza3

Poorly Pots

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 16:24

hello, happy new year to everyone. haven't need to ask a question in ages but now have a bit of a problem

have noticed that the above shrubs which have been in large glazed ceramic pots for several years aren't looking as healthy as they should be. none of them did really well at all last year (bearing in mind the constant rain we all had), and they don't seem to have grown very much either. none of them produced any catkins the previous year and don't look as if they're going to this year either.

my question is this -- if they are left in pots, do they NOT grow as big as something which is in grown the ground ?? If this is correct, then how do i encourage healthier growth with a view to eventually having plants that do produce catkins ???


many thanks




Posted: 01/09/2012 at 20:43

thanks for the reply. am glad of that because there seems to be so many, was wondering how long it would have taken me to weed that area, now don't have to



Posted: 01/09/2012 at 20:29

hello, can anyone tell me if Carex Pendula is self-seeding or not ?

i have a large clump in my border and where i removed some weeds a few weeks back have now sprouted mini versions of what look like this plant ? One of the seedlings is about 6/8 inches high and is the image of the Carex ?

i couldn't find this information in any of my books.





Dividing Geraniums

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 16:52

Oooppss, have done already, couldn't resist having a go. have left the other two as they are, was just experimenting with the one to see how it turns out. providing all ok in the Spring, will divide the other two as well.

thanks for the reply anyway.


Dividing Geraniums

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 11:52

hello, have bought 3 x pots of hardy geraniums and am in the middle of planting them in the border. i tidied all the dead foliage and when i emptied the pots to loosen the roots, i noticed that they weren't one complete plants but separate plantlets and remembered that you could divide these into smaller plants.

Is this correct and if so, can i do this now as they've stopped flowering ????


thanks, shazza


Cherry Tree

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:27

thanks for the reply. after reading your comments, i'm now really loathing the thought of digging it up and hoping it will survive. not only will my OH trample all over the garden to get at it, crushing anything in his way but i'm not sure the tree will do very well further out in the garden either.

think i'm going to have to re-think the whole plan and try and persuade OH that we prune it instead.


thanks, shazza


Plants for wildlife

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:31

hello, having decided at the beginning of the year to try and encourage as many bees/butterflies to hepl them along, i bought quite a lot of plants for this reason, spent a small fotune !!

unfortunately, i think i'm jinxed because we've had nothing but rain ever since and howling winds. i haven't seen a butterfly for weeks and very few bees.


i'm hoping that future years will be a bit drier than this, otherwise the only insects to flourish are the ones we don't want !!!   

Cherry Tree

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:19

hello, i have a Dubbele Meikkers Cherry Tree that's about 4 x metres tall at the moment. My OH reckons it's getting too big and is too near the house and is worried about the roots and the fondations of the house.

My question is this -- if we move it, will it survive and produce fruit again and if so, when would be the best time to uproot it ?

I don't want to move it because we're very exposed and if it's moved, the only place big enough would be on our bank where there's no shelter from the howling wind !!




Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:48

thanks for that.

thought the forecast (according to the newspapers anyway) it's going to get really cold, and we may even have snow on higher ground again. even if we don't have snow they said we could get frosty nights.

am i looking at the wrong weather forecast ????  

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:39

hello, surely if they're that much of a menace, you should complain to the local council about them, unless they're a protected species that is.

anyway, it wouldn't hurt to send an e-mail just to see what response you get.

i have a similar problem with Jackdaws and Magpies. The man next door lets the Jackdaws nest in his chimney (he hasn't had it blocked like ours) and although we do see smaller birds, they don't come into my garden because of these other terratorial birds, so i cannot leave any feeders out for the ones that need our help.


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