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Latest posts by Welshonion

Buddleja hanging its heads - is this normal?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:16

It very likely is thirsty.  Remember its roots will not have gone far into the soil yet as it was planted in June.

Under the holly tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:13

The holly tree will suck most of the moisture out of the soil.  It may be too dry for anything precious.

Rowan Tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:10

They are very astringent, I'm surprised any child would eat enough to make them ill.

Parents really should take responsibility for teaching children not to eat anything in the garden without permission or adult supervision.

I really don't think a pot is the right place for a rowan.  Why don't you ask the council if you can plant it in a park?

Talkback: How to prune and propagate dogwoods

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 10:19

If the dogwood has well-coloured stems in the winter, cut back in spring, otherwise you lose the whole point of growing them!  Cut the old stems to the ground.

Forcythia: cut out one third of the oldest branches every year after flowering.

Camellia don't usually need much pruning if they are in the right place.

This in answer to the original post, now 8 months old.

Help! Help!

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 09:15

As specific crab apples are grafted, it would be no good to plant a seedling or seeds of John Downie.  You would get a very inferior plant, probably the result of cross-pollination.  Have you tried looking on the Orange Pippen site for growers in the USA?

RSPB Swift Count

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 00:27

I also emailed them to say there was a problem filling in the survey. I did the survey this morning, but it doesn't seem to ask quite the right questions, as the swifts that nest on the house are now family parties I think. I would like to write more comprehensive answers but there doesn't seem to be a comments box.

 I fully expect them to depart very soon.  They scream about the house every hour or so during the day, then go to bed at 10 o'clock!

Talkback: Growing rosebay willowherb

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 13:26

Yes, some of the Hawk Moth Larvae.  They are the huge ones with horns.

Nettles for butterflies

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 13:22

Make sure you don't throw any nettle seeds in the compost heap or they will return to haunt you.  

What is this plant please?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 12:38

Davie, the photo is not detailed enough for me to tell what it is.  Don't sneer at my answer.  You don't know what it is either!  You have to help us to help you.


Posted: 17/07/2013 at 10:55

Looks like Fat Hen.  A weed.

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