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help with yellow jasmine

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 04:16

Hi I bought a yellow flowing jasmine at GW  live in June 2 years ago..It was in flower when I bought it. It is now about 6fT tall but has not flowered since. It seems to be an evergreen variety but not as deep green as my star jasmine, more of a light green and a softer texture to the leaf. I have lost the name tag. Does anybody know when and how I prune it and why it has not flowered since even though it appears very healthy and has grown loads. 

Dealing with garden drainage--clay soil.

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 04:01

We have heavy clay too. We have installed perforated pipes around the edge of the patio and dug a number of holes around the garden and filled them with large stones getting smaller towards the top then lawn on top.  All my beds are raised using railway sleepers backfilled with bought in topsoil and sand and gravel. Bulbs are a big no no as they just rot! Every plant has a bigger than normal hole dig then topsoil and gravel put in around the new plant. Roses, hydrangea dogwood and camelias have done very well in my garden but everything takes a while to settle in. If they start looking really sick I pot them back up and when better I try them in another place. 


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 14:18

Depends on the temp you don't  want any bad frosts until they have established.  I can put nematodes  down in my front garden which is very sheltered at the start of march but will wait until end March early April to do my cold back garden. I think they do survive the winter when they get established as I am still finding empty snail shells     and have not seen no a slug yet. I have been using nematodes for 3 years now.  First year I did 2 applications second and third year I have only used 1 application and still getting good results. It does not clear them completely but gives the plants and wildlife a fighting chance.. would not be without nematodes... also used the one for sawfly last year and my goose berries  survived best crop ever


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:29

Been out in the greenhouse and put some last rose cuttings in to root. The hubby and father in law are braving the hailstones under a pop up gazebo putting up my new above ground pond. Going into my stables soon to bag up some manure. Miserable day here very cold. Greenhouse heater is going full blast dreading the electric bill!

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:12

I love encouraging bees and got most of the above in the garden.. cosmos is a big favourite with the big fat bumble bees too

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:10

I have put sea holly seeds in 10 days ago and have about 20 coming up. On the packet it states warm for 2weeks then to put them in the fridge for 2 weeks then back in the warmth and then another 2 weeks chill. they have sprouted and I have got more than enough do I have to go through this chill/ heat cycle?

Pond baskets in my borders?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:04

Monty  is using them for gladioli  in this month's magazine. I use pond baskets for some of my tender plants that go back in the green house for the winter

Roses - rooting

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 22:27

I  would cut the end off and stick them in. The root will come from a growth point not the base anyway so you still may be lucky. 

Roses - rooting

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:03

I cut my roses into pencil size lengths dip them in rooting powder then put them in a deep pot so only about inch or 2 is above the surface. Water then either leave in cool greenhouse or in a sheltered position. I also put them straight into the ground but have more success with a pot. Leave in pot for about a month/ 6 weeks  until you see some growth. Cuttings in the ground outside take longer probably 2 or 3 months. Even if they look dead leave them alone sometimes I have waited  6 months. I took my wedding bouquet apart last July and put about 20 rose stems in the border. Noticed this week that about half have new shoots!

Update on technical issues

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 22:57

Still cant see any history, posts etc. Daniel contacted me with a website that I had to log into to rectify problems but it still not working.


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