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S O S Philadelphus - again!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:14

Thank you all for your helpful suggestions.  Will get out there this weekend and deal with it.  Verdun - I had a small one in my last garden thinking it would be good, not too big BUT as you say there was never any smell.  I just love to smell flowers.  I have an old rose near this Phili and in the last couple of weeks the combination, with the lovely warm weather was great.  Thanks again.

S O S Philadelphus - again!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 16:47

Its me again stil worrying about my large Phili.  Have decided to keep it but would like to prune it back well.  It is sending up long new shoots.  Should I cut these back now to half so they can still flower next year.  Also should I cut off all the old branches that have flowered so as to tidy it up.  Nearly all tbe blossom has gone now.  It has been truly beautifu

Many thanks to the two that did answer my last query.  All helps.  Thanks.

S O S how to prune Philadelphus

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:49

Help please!  I have a large type Philadelphus - in fact it is too large for where I planted it.  It is now 4 years old and becuse of hubby 'tidying it up' at the wront times this is the first year it has flowered.  Beautiful.  But from about 5' it has put on another 3' of growth.  Should I cut back this new growth now.  I know it will flower on growth it does this year BUT I dont want it to get any bigger.  Assistance please.  Many thanks.


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:27

Many many thanks fellow gardners.  So helpful.  Better than struggling along on my own and making mistakes.

Good news about the 'clicking' to find my posts quickly - though as I sorted through the others I did come across some other helpful hints.  Thanks again.


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:24

I am a hosta fan but though I have a variety I dont have as many as you Hostafan1.  I love the varigated ones - they are like a splash of sunshine and I also have a Sum and Substance.  Such a bold statement. 

Would love a few tips.  I dont use slug pellets as was told they can attract the slugs and snails so I just keep watching and picking off, putting them in a jar and disposing of them in the hedge down the lane when walking the dog. Some little holes occur so what can these be from.  All mine (12 of them) are in pots so how often do I need to repot and divide them?  Be grateful for any tips. 

How do I find this thread again.  I have to go through loads of items before I find my query - and hopefully the answers !!

Thanks, in advance, for help x

A very fast growing climber to cover cherry tree by this summer

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 15:48

I have never done this but if you want the sick tree covered this summer why not put in some quick annuals like Morning Glory and perhaps hang some pots in the branches with Black Eye Susan or Nasturtiums etc which would scramble up and fall down!  The Hops are quick too, Golden is very pretty.  Just some suggestions..  All the best.

Busy Lizzie Blight

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:48

I understand that due to a bug Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) have not been grown the last few years.  Has this problem been resolved does anybody know?   My front garden ( a large flower bed really) only gets morning sun and they were ideal as gave loads of colour popped in here and there but did not mind shade.  Grateful for any advice.

gardeners world

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:13

I dont mind Monty etc - and the dog adds a bit of extra interest BUT I want to know more about basic plant managing.  These huge garadens we are taken to see are lovely but the great majority of us dont have estates.  I found I learnt more watching The Allottment Show.  At least they mentioned when to plant and how to care for etc.  I have gardened for a long time but still want to know ordinary things - like my hydrangea has outgrown its lovely terracotta pot.  How do I get it out withiout damaging the pot and what do I do with the plant.  Want to keep it. Loads of elementary stuff I would love to learn about.

English bluebell,Spanish bluebell,scilla is it me or are these plants confusing

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:23

I was told that Spanish Bluebells have thick leaves and the English ones have thinner, barely 1" thick ones.

Strange Bird Behaviour

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:31

I have a lovely Clematis Montata that spreads along back of my house - about 20ft.  Where it comes up the wall, on the corner of the house and where it is bushy sparrows have been nesting.  We reckon there are about 3 families.  The little wretches have nipped off all the leaves and buds from that area.  Further along it is a beautiful mass of blossom.  I love to encourage birds but feel fed up when they do damage.  Any answers to this problem please.

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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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