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gardener's world

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 13:20

That's not nigel ....he's an imposter.  I am shocked 

What's wrong with my rhododendron?

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 12:50

Use ericaceous JOHN INNES Lena and not the ericaceous mpc.  Makes a big difference 

Invasive Species

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:39

Some people don't listen do they Dove?

I warned someone not to plant out houttynia chameleon but she did...defiantly.  She bought a number of them,,wanted her whole garden covered with houttynia.  Dread to think what it's like now 

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:36

Edit button 

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:35

Damn, no edif button 

I also wonder if Elstar is a spur bearer...if not you will be pruning off flowers.  Tip bearers are not suitable for this trained style 

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:33

Hiya Blossom, without checking..and I don't know sounds like pollination problem.  You may need to get another variety....even grown in a help with this

I grow espalier espalier and 3 cordons....and all are full of blossom.  They were chosen to help pollination 

gardener's world

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:28

Enjoyed it though Logan....just wish the prog featured the plants more.  

What's wrong with my rhododendron?

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:26

Possibly rootbound Lena.  When did you last pot it?

Invasive Species

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:24

If in doubt what new plants will do google as much as possible BEFORE buying them 

I also check growth/spread before the end of the firsf can get a very good idea from the way the roots are

i love salvias but many are invasive....guaranitica and ulignosa for example spread alarmingly in my sandy loam.  I want them though so I divide them every year and pot them up.  Euphorbia fireglow and similar will send roots metres away as do many artemisias. Lysimachia too. Artemisias will take over if you have the wrong varieties....limelight is an absolute nightmare as is houttynia chameleon.  Bamboos of course are notorious thugs in the main.....only recently a neighbour had her bamboo dug up last summer and it is now sending up shoots over her and hee neighbour's garden

I am growing some new to me plants this year and I will watch them carefully.

get to know your plants and take precautions 

Pruning a ceanothus

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 07:50


can't make up my mind if I like Zanzibar or not.

you can't hard can take a risk and some will say you can.   I look after this plant for a friend and it is relatively big.  I prune after has started flowering already.....and I do so by shaping only rather than by selective "proper" pruning.  So I use shears to make a variegated mound for the rest of the year.  I never cut into old wood but only as far as green leaves on each stem.  This shrub must be 10 years at least and still looks good.

as with all ceanothus they can suddenly die....pruned or not. Take cuttings in lste Spring and use hormone powder (fresh.) 

hope this help 

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