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Gardening woes

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:48

Blighters Lena 

fortunately it is still early with plenty of growing time left yet. feed and water well.  Place a raised slate or stone over the base and leave a couple of pellets there.  And visit your plant at night...those snails will still be there I suspect 

Can you have too many fruiting shrubs/trees?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:45

As with everything ....moderation.  

Logan,,dead right about netting  the blueberries 

how do i get rid of bluebells

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:42

Sssh Jane......removing bluebells is regarded by many as wrong 

I too realise the dominating quality of bluebells and I make an annual effort in spring to control them.  

Not a lot more you can do except continue with what you are doing.  You must dig DEEPLY to remove bluebells.  Very you do that.  Remove flowers too as that helps.  

Glyphosate is effective though so maybe another weapon for you.  

Bluebells are a large woodland garden or estate.  They have no place in a garden where precious plants are wanted.m

When to prune a Camellia?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:35

GD,,cornwall is the home of camelias.....there are breeders galore and they are seen everywhere down here. the hard pruning is for those shrubs left too long without pruning and because people are fearful of it they let their camelias get out of hand. 

GD once in 2 years means you have a measure of control though.  An annual prune means less cutting and continued density 

Fowl treatment or wot?((

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:55

Mr J ...I accuse you of fowl was you wot did it 

Old rhody and azalea

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:52

Yes but your magic powers help a little Fairy 

yes you are right....people seem afraid of pruning too hard. 


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:26

Ok, smartypants Lyn, how did you do that?  I havent really followed all the updates on the forum,

When to prune a Camellia?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:24

Takes time to root though but yes do that Ice 

What is happening to the foliage on these 2 fuscias

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:23

True Lyn it's just that I cut every fuschia and hypericum hard every spring.  It keeps plants compact,,I,think flowers are better, I can clear out debris better and I can more easily mulch.

I remember Geoff Hamilton advcating this treatment on hypericums to prevent rust all those years back 

No sign of begonia or dahlia...

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:18

Concave.....  Ha ha.  You are totally correct.  I mixed up my vexes and caves in my haste.  Because I am but a simple cornishman, Ladybird, I only know the dippy down bit is facing up.  The sticky uppy bit faces down.  

(Ssh! Our secret Ladybird cos I' m always right you see 

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