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Posted: 28/06/2014 at 09:12
Lou, that is very interesting as I feel exactly the opposite. After a trip to Sydney last year I vowed never to grow as house-plants the wonderful variety of plants that grow in the gardens in such profusion!

It is just not worth the effort to nurture poor specimens of plants that tumble over fences, and shade houses, everywhere.

I was especially interested to see how close some trees are planted to houses in Sydney when we are so obsessed with roots in the UK.

Are these suckers

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 00:22

Shoots that spring from the root-stock.  Most roses are grafted onto common rose root-stock to give them good roots to sustain the lovely roses above.

If the suckers are allowed to grow you will end up with a dog rose, as seen in hedgerows, rather than the lovely rose on top.

Brown rot, treatments, and chickens

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:07

I think before you spray anything you have to find out what is wrong.  It is no good just treating the trees with everything you can lay your hands on.

Do you not have anywhere locally where you can consult someone?  Where are you?

slow worms and ants

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:57

Oh lucky, lucky, lucky you.  

Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:54

Do you mean the flower only lasted two days?  This might be normal, like a daylily.  I have no idea, but someone who knows will be along soon.

Soil free fertilizers?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:18

You certainly do not want a soil that has no basic fertility.  Pure peat is the nearest you will get and aside from the ecological considerations it has inherent problems as to drying out and shrinkage.

Are these suckers

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:42

For future reference the leaves are different on suckers, usually.

Help - should I chop down the tree?

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:31

If the houses are new-build, roots will affect neither drains nor foundations.

Maybe your neighbour just didn't like the tree.


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 17:30

All pears are of the edible variety!

Greenhouse beds

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 15:11

Stop!  Think carefully before you break up the concrete base.  I have a raised bed lined with pond membrane in my greenhouse and I find it dries out pretty fast.  If you are only there twice a week, who is going to water on the other five days?  I water my tomatoes every day.  They are in bottomless pots on a bed of fine stone/gravel.

Before you go breaking up the concrete, take as much advice as this forum can offer you.  So far you have only had two views!

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