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What are these plants please?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:07

definitely extra brownie points addict!

Thanks again everyone - that's most of the hedging identified, now to take pictures of the herbaceous stuff....


What are these plants please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:19

Thanks everyone! Too dark to go and double check things now but I am hoping to find a message time-stamped 2am when I get up, addict

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:12

Thanks all - for obvious reasons I really want this rose to flourish. I tend to buy cheap/small plants, use cheapest compost, and then see what takes and not stress about what doesn't thrive.  But I'll definitely do the JohnInnesNo3/fishbloodbone and Rootgrow to give this every chance of thriving on the transition from pot to ground. Thanks for the watering/pruning tips too.


Ooh, me plums...

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:48

Hi all, just moved into a house with 2 plum trees (one biiiig, one a lot smaller). Lots of developing fruits on each. Some have brown markings on the skin, should I be removing these ones so the energy can go into the unblemished ones? Or should I just leave them?


And should I be doing anything else at this stage (other than researching plum recipes ). Any way of me being able to identify the actual type of plum (and with the 2 trees being such different sizes, are they likely to be different types?) Biiig one is centre of pic, smaller one is one of the 2 on the right (the other is an apple tree) , and for those who've read my "raspberries?" thread, they are on the fence between the 2 smaller trees.....


What are these plants please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:39

OK I went round the upper bit of our new garden and took some photos. Some of the plants (which are mostly hedging round the edges) have already been cut back by thecatsfather as they were really very overgrown, so if you think it's something but would, f.r exampl, expect to see flowers or something, still say what you think it is as the flowers may well have been cut off a couple of weeks ago

OK here we go!

















Thanks in advance





Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:30

Oh that is great - exactly the info I wanted - thanks n.b. absolutely no spines at all on the canes - they are quite woody and very smooth, so you'd be thinking it's Tayberry "Buckingham" then?


when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:20

Re pruning in my part of the country - I'm in East Devon - pretty mild and the garden is sheltered. In my previous garden I grew 2 cordylines from 1L pots when we moved in, and they grew more than a foot a year until they were about 15ft high! (They died a couple of winters ago when we had lots of snow and it got into the crowns and rotted the trunks, but their babies which had sprouted from the base a few years earlier lived on and were left for the new owners to enjoy)

Thanks for reassuring me that it won't be risking the rose by leaving it in its pot for a while yet. It certainly looks happy enough, and brings a smile each time we step out the back door



Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:58

On further rummaging I've found that there is wire running between the fence posts just behind the tay/logan/wineberry (you can see one strand of it in the 2nd pic), so all I need to do is clear the surrounding weeds and attach the stems along the wire . Stupid question but do I take a stem up to a wire then attach the stem along the wire horizontally, or should the stems just go up vertically being attached to each wire as they pass it (and then get pruned at the level of the top of the fence)?

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:48

Hi all. Earlier this year thecatsfather's dad died, and at the funeral several of us were given "Peace" roses (hybrid tea) in his memory. As we knew we were moving soon I put it into a reasonably big pot (about the size of a bucket), and it came with us when we moved last month.

It's grown lots and is now in glorious bloom (4 huge flowers, another 5 buds growing daily). It's getting quite big too (about 3 ft tall from the top of the pot). I don't want it to suffer from being in a pot too small, but equally I don't want to plant it out and risk it. So advice please, I'm presuming it's best to wait until it's finished flowering then plant out, but should I wait until the middle of winter then prune right back and transplant then? Or do it sooner so it can get some more time to grow without being constrained by the pot. On reading up I see it's potentially going to get quite big (my only rose previously has been a "Happy Anniversary" which is a smaller floribunda which has bloomed each year for the past 10 years in a similarly sized pot. Hadn't really considered that the Peace would get so big so quick

Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 10:01

These are 10ft+ long so no way strong enough to grow upright without support (they emerge from the ground upright but soon curve over and flop along horizontally). They have no thorns. The fruits are quite hard (even the red ones) and probably won't be great this year, presumably cos of no rain for 3 weeks. So, what to do with them wrt pruning/support/ongoing care, inoput appreciated


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mother and daughter team hit the forum! 
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stoopid question time

bramble or rose? 
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Frog sighting :)

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suggestions for sloping section

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More plant ID's please!

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Leaning apple tree

just leave it??? 
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ideas for wall pot please

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A few more "what are these" photos

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Ooh, me plums...

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What are these plants please?

lots of pics :) 
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when to plant rose in garden

(currently blooming in pot) 
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Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

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a downside of this weather

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what are these trees pleeze?

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