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Leggy Magnolia Susan

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 18:20

Leadfarmer I would shorten branches to outward buds and agree with fidget and do it next month or so. Watch out for thin whippy shoots and remove them before the end of summer. Be careful to maintain a balanced shape. 

in my experience Susan is not very vigorous and not usually pruned

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:49

Busy bee Runny 

Could you post a picture looking demented and hair clipped up?  Go on you know you want to 

promise we wont laugh 

Last edited: 16 May 2016 16:50:09

Foxes & Cats

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:45

Mynx, but how did the fox get its tattoos?   How do they "stick" on its fur?  And is it partly tamed?  These are all serious questions 

Withering azalea

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:41

Ah Ladybird...beat me to it.  I too wondered whether the plant was indoors or at least psrtially covered in the gc.

people seem too keen to repot too at first signs of trouble or to drench with fertiliser.  Often creates even more and different problems 


Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:35

GD, if you used mpc and planted in the sun and not watered enough....or rootball was not pre soaked....your cordylines in the sun would suffer, esp if it has been hot.  Cordyline DO like fhe sun and being on the dry side but all plants need some water esp initially.  

So, I think in the shade your plants are simply not drying out as quickly.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 12:56

This is silly PD.  

of course I have no wish to fight with you or anyone.  

Out of the blue my name was mentioned by you.......please stop. 

Foxes & Cats

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 12:49

Love that story Tomsk 

a fox regularly calls here and I see them every day on the towans leading to the beach.  they seem less nervous of humans and dogs now I think.  They stroll around unbothered.  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 12:44

People been busy this morning so I am inspired to get out in the garden myself later.  

My own beans have been growing outside for some time now

a very warm day but rain in the forecast ......could use a bit of rain now 

Garden Mint

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 12:40

LeifUK I agree with you......vine weevils love mpc and thrive in it.  Garden soil mixed with mpc or john innes attracts less vine weevils. 

Vine weevils this is tempting fate ....are not the problem they were.  Nematodes, provado (cannot be used together in same spot) and catching the adults has helped.  Plus regular autumn divisions and cleaning of plants like heucheras. 

Mint?  Oh yes you can kill it.   Overwater it or let it dry out too much (in pots) will seriously damage it but generally in the garden soil it is indestructible 

Help with mail order plants

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 12:32

Always assumed ebay was a risky venture and avoided it.

however, I do now use ebay, selectively, to buy plants.  Perfect Plants, for example, have been first class as are one or two others.  Cheaper prices  but excellent quality.  I am careful and am yet to be disappointed   

Many suppliers on ebay are determined to maintain a good reputation 

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