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Latest posts by Susiejenny

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Perennial Perfection...

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 12:05

I have a very similar front garden.  In fact my front garden is two large flower beds.  Facing same way as yours. I have been here 7 years.  I have a white montan growing along the wall between me and the road.  It now spreads right along it.  I planted a white lilac which I try and keep lowish.  Two budlias and couple of shrub roses which have replaced a mallow which was beautiful but died!  I have forget me nots and bluebells out now, primroses, aquilegias about to florish, japanese anenomes, perennial geraniums, heuchers, hostas and various rockery plants.  I plant up a few pots which I move about when they need a bit more sun.  Best of luck.

Problem with Fatsia

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 17:03

I have a lovely Fatsia planted two springs ago  It is about 3ft high and was doing beautifully.  The new batch of leaves, about 10 of them are curled as if ready to splay out but are light brown and look sick.  Will they become green when bigger.  Most of the leaves look good and green but some may be a bit yellow tinged.  I would hate it to 'pass away'  Any helpful hints please.

Perennial Geraniums

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:29

I have several clumps of various perennial Geraniums and see they have put out rizome like stems above the gournd.  Should I just leave it all or should I cut these off to have a smaller clump.  Would these become new plants if I replanted them. They are really leafing up so dont want to impare the plant for this summer.  Help please.

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 16:57

I have a choisia, probably about 10/11 years old as it was here when I moved in.  It is under a laburnham tree and a very large bay tree bush (poor thing)  Hardly flowers but I dont mind as just want it to infill that bit of gardebn.  It is a bit leggy so should I prune half of it hard in a week or so and they do same again next year to make it look more healthy?  I live in West Dorset.



Posted: 03/09/2013 at 20:45

Tip No 1 - Keep a full watering can by and water the spot when you see dog, boy or girl doing a wee.

Tip No 2 - Put a spoon of tomato juice in their dinner. I was told that it works but never tried as have dog no more - unfortunately.

All the best.

Devastated Canary Creeper

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:45

Early this summer I planted a Canary Creeper plant which took off and spread about 6' + either side of the fence and was full of flowers.  Lovely.  BUT along came white butterfles and hoards of caterpillas and the poor plant is now just leafless sprigs.  Does this plant usually attact these butterflies.  If so wont plant it next year.

Wayward Philadelphus

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 11:44

Many thanks for the advice.  I did shape it up in the early stages but only at the time it would have finished flowering.  You are right - hubby did not help by being severe with it.  Will leave it and let you know next after flowering (I do so hope- fingers well crossed) next year.

Wayward Philadelphus

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 15:01

I planted a philadelphus in 2007.  It struggled for couple of years as the garden had been site of old stables/garages/dumping ground - though I did dig out a hole and put good stuff in.  Then hubby, being helpful, gave it a severe pruning 'to tidy it up' at the wrong time.  So it struggled a bit more.  Last year it looked good though no flowers.  This year looks good - and huge - with just one little spray of flowers.  I have told it that if no flowers next spring it is coming out!  It is, unfortunately, the large variety.  Any suggests as to what is going wrong please.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 18:25

In 2007 I planted a philadelphus  Sadly the wrong one as it is the large variety.  It struggled the first couple of years then did better then 'helpful hubby' pruned it right back in the spring - "beca\use it looked straggley"  So it struggled again for another two years. Last year was looking good so I was hopeful of flowers.  It is about 8' - 10' tall !!  BUT only one flower spray.  It is still looking very good but I have told it - if no flowers next May/June it is for the tip.  What is going wrong please gang ?

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:24

Hostas would be ok.  There is such a variety of them.  I know there is the problem with slugs and snails but I have just read that it is best to put out a scattering of slug pellets in Feb / March so they are killed before having young.  I do worry about the birds eating them after they have eaten slug pellets.  Cannot win.

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Discussions started by Susiejenny

Problem with Fatsia

Is it dying? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2014 at 19:22

Perennial Geraniums

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Last Post: 17/03/2014 at 18:23

Devastated Canary Creeper

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Last Post: 03/09/2013 at 16:25

Wayward Philadelphus

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Last Post: 29/08/2013 at 11:44


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Last Post: 24/08/2013 at 18:51

Talkback: 10 hostas to grow

How can one deterr the slugs and snails. I love Hostas but am continually on the lookout for these creatures that plague them 
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Last Post: 12/01/2014 at 18:43
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