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Help identifying fuchsia

Posted: Yesterday at 20:41

BT....... Sounds to me like your dad really knew what he was doing with those fuchsias.  Several years ago when I was running my own small back yard garden shop, I had a collection of fuchsias - about 500 varieties.  They were such hard work, in the end I sold all my stock - even the standards that I had grown, and was reasonably proud of.   If you are going to be serious about the subject, it may be an idea to contact the "Fuchsia society" if indeed it is still in existence.

In any event, your dad gave you a very valuable gift if he gave you this wonderful love of gardening.  Hats off to you and your very special dad.

If you do manage to list your new fuchsia as a new cultivar - let us know  

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: Yesterday at 10:41

In all my years working in propagation I can honestly say that hydrangea is the easiest to root.  It really does not need any rooting hormone.  You can take cuttings  with or without a node....you just need to make sure the cuttings are not allowed to dry out.    There are several other plants that do benefit from a rooting hormone however - but it must be fresh, and used sparingly.

A tree is my garden is very sick

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 10:22

Generally speaking I do not use weed killer nor bug killer chemicals on my land - to the obvious benefit of the wildlife which lives there    ....however, I do use a weak solution of disinfectant in various places in order to keep the place clean.  Jeyes fluid is, in my opinion a good disinfectant to use, it is good to disinfect pots and potting areas, as well as greenhouses.  

My grandfather used Jeyes fluid wash as a drench when he had diseased plants in his garden.  I find it a necessity with three dogs to clean up after.   

A tree is my garden is very sick

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 21:05

I rather think there is more than one problem with what is left of these plants, and the easiest answer would be to ban them to the bonfire, clean the area thoroughly and start again - that is what I would do. 

I don`t know if there is some kind of drench that can be used for the soil where they are -  to clean it properly 

Hello new to this

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:05

 Whatever floats your boat nut........whatever floats your boat  ..

Last edited: 27 August 2016 12:05:42

Frog traps

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 11:57

What is VTOL    ....... it is lovely of you to be concerned about frogs and things, but they are really quite good at finding places they like to be.   Maybe you worry a bit too much a1154  

Hello new to this

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:32

Well nut, if we add a table to the scene we could make it tea, with scones and jam and cream  

Hello new to this

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:14

If you decide to start from scratch, which is definitely what I would do, you might think of adding a pond to this area - with the rockery behind it......you would soon get some frogs then, and lots of other wildlife too   ........then add a nice garden seat with a brolly for shade where you can sit with the pimms !!

Hiding a bare leylandi hedge

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:00

Due to a broken archway it was necessary, about 4 weeks ago to chain saw a rambling rose right down to its stump.....(american pillar)     There is now a new archway, and the rose has already produced new growth to about 4ft, so I don`t think the rose - or the clematis would easily be "lost" in any event 

Frog traps

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 23:48

Frogs are not daft, they probably were enjoying the nice shady spot you provided for them  

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