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Honeysuckle buds dry + brown

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 13:23

Can anyone answer my query please, I've just bought a Honeysuckle plant named Henryi, and when  checking it's planting instructions and  type of growing conditions, one website states it's the best fragrant of the  honeysuckles  while another site states it has No perfume at all .Has anyone either got the same variety, or knows which is true, manythanks

Talkback: The mock orange

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:56

Sorry Verdun, I don't actually know if its the wrong shrub, I purchased it as a Philadelphus Virginal 3 years ago on line. However its sounding as if it was labelled wrongly if the Virginal  one is double flowered, because mine is not. It looks as if it is some kind of Philadelphus though, but don't know which. Thanks for your help


Talkback: The mock orange

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 17:17

Well Verdun, the Philadelphus I have according to its label is Virginal, and it does not smell at all. Its flowers are single ones too , a lovely white and its quite a good size, about 7ft - 8ft at the tip, although not now as I have pruned it on Sunday, so as to get the new shoots going. for next years flowers. Its a shame cause I planted it not far from my back door to get its full perfume to waft  into the house, sounds as if I may have  some other variety that is un -perfumed, I feel another trip to the Garden Centre coming on, not buying another online as before now. Thanks Verdun

Talkback: The mock orange

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 10:52

Thanks DyersEnd, think I had better look for the Philadelphia Belle Etoile, and then I can appreciate it's perfume like others do, I feel quite let down with mine ( Virginal  one ) but glad it's not me who is causing it not to smell of perfume  ,thanks again

Talkback: The mock orange

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 08:13
I have a Philadelphia Virginal , well that's what it stated on the label)
now for about 3 years, and although it flowered in the second year and this year too, I find that it does not have any heavenly perfume. I have pruned it as it should be, in fact a couple of branches with flowers still on were cut and put in a vase and brought into the house, but still no perfume. Have I got a non perfume one, if there is such a thing, or a shrub that proclaims to be Philadelphia, but is not. Can there be another shrub with the same features leaves flowers, flowering time etc but something else, thanks for any help

Thought on push mowers?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:06

I had a Push Mower years ago, and I much preferred it to any Electric or Petrol Mower I've had over the years. Admittedly  my lawns front and back were not the largest , but it kept me fit and I regularly sharpened the blades. People did  often complement me on the cut and look of my lawns .Living in the North West of England with plenty Rain, alas my Mower proved much too hard for me to push , especially when it rained for days, and were there's rain , grass grows more.  It proved very hard to get the cut of the grass short again, so a Petrol Mower was purchased to replace, that's since gone in replacement of an Electric version. When I did have my Push one,  I would say  that by the time my neighbours had plugged theirs in, mowed their lawns, then rewound the cable, mine was done and the edges cut and the kettle on.

Talkback: Growoing hellebores

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 17:25
Don't know if it's unusual or not, but I've got 6 Helebores growing in my garden,I've had them about 2 years or so, and one of my plants is still flowering now.They flowered in winter/ spring and now mid summer one was flowering about 3 weeks ago and the other is still flowering, is it a one off ?

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 00:21

Rosemummy, Well I didn't know about Rowan trees giving you protection and being a symbol for protection. I have one growing about 7ft-8ft  from my back door, I didn't plant it , I assume a bird ate a berry then it seeded its self. I trim it to a standard type tree its about 7ft high and a double trunk. I do keep it in check though as its close to the house. I am very much protected then with both the Rowan and the Hawthorn

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 13:56

Hi Star gaze lily, Well it was my Mum that had the condition with her legs, just as you describe, she always said that Bananas helped the problem. So I don't know if it was just a coincidence or not, but if you eat them everyday and don't get any relief from the condition then it may be just an old wives tale. Apparently its the Potassium in the fruit that helps, don't know if that's why Tennis players eat them or if its just to give them energy.  They don't seem to give Chimpanzee's any problems lol

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:54

Artjak,   Bananas are also good for Roses and other plants and Shrubs, the skins I mean. They give potassium to the soil as they rot down. I eat quite a few and  I cut up the skins then spread them around my Roses and other plants. So whilst the actual fruit of the Banana provides us with our Vitamins etc. its skin helps our plants, I heard also that the fruit helps people with irritable Leg Syndrome my Mum used to swear by it.

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