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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 07:34

Hazel, I removed an absolute monster of a juniper last week.  20' high and prob as wide. Mine too was shaped (as a cone) and looked superb for many years.    Had to dig down a metre to tackle the roots.  anyway, yours will be a piece of cake.  However, just think of the space you will have to plant up.  I have a huge area now to indulge my own planting ideas 

Killing a yukka

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 21:59

......the problem is dig it up in the first place 

Killing a yukka

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 19:41


You have to dig DEEP.  However, for me the joy of ridding this vicious thug emergised me enough to get it out. 

The only way is to dig again.  Take your time if necessary to remove every piece.  For me it really was a big digging job but it did the trick and it was fully removed 

perhaps your experience will help others realise a yucca is not a garden plant ! 

Dwarf rhodendron issue

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 18:28

How about a nice hellebore there instead?  Something classy to look at in winter and spring 

Bind weed

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 13:05

Not someone I could work for bulkerb 

Leaf mulch in dalek bin

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 13:01

Judy, patience I think.  Try to stir the leaves a little.  Maybe you are watering too much too?  how soon leaves take to rot depends on what sort of leaves as well.  Yes, patience 

oh! Lid on 

Last edited: 16 October 2016 13:02:48

Bare root roses

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 12:50

They are relatively  small aren't they Jaffacakes judging by those I saw in my local lidl store.  Absolutely no problem with that...they are good value for sure  it's simply that they will fit a 3 or 5 litre pot easily. 

I would pot them up....spread out the roots and water well.  Leaving them for 6 months as bare root makes no sense to me.  Why?  They are likely to dry out and deteriorate a little at least.  They will make some root too if potted.  I would use john innes and plant out when you are ready to

bone meal?  I never use it.  I prefer to use a complete fertiliser like fish blood and bone.

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 12:38

Not yet until spring when the last frosts have passed in your area Angela.

you can pot and grow them on in early spring if kept in a gh.  To get superb size and quality pot them regularly before planting out in the garden.  I have them in 3  and 5 litre pots before then so they make an impact as soon as planted out.  They flower earlier too.  

Many of us keep our dahlias in the ground over winter...depends on your soil and climate.  Of course it doesn't mean you can plant out now 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 09:14

Careful for what you wish aym...........rain will come over the next several weeks.  Too much I think 

Sun, sun and more sun for me 

ooooooooo . Just heard the forecast ..... Warming up by Weds 


Last edited: 16 October 2016 09:18:43

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 09:09

Nice happymarion 

....what will be the theme for 2017? 

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