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Posted: 10/10/2012 at 20:10

Coppicing, you cut to the ground.  I think what you have done is pollarding. It sounds as though this poor shrub has been incorrectly pruned in the past.

It may be best to cut your losses and start from a new plant. Cytisus are not very long-lived shrubs, I think 20 year + is pretty good going.

Best time to transplant trees.

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 19:56

After leaf-fall, and when there is no frost in the soil.

How to get rid of excess soil?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 12:50

Ah, maybe it was a mix of topsoil and sub-soil?  Or had they been kept strictly separate?  The top soil I would keep every time, but not the sub-soil.

What Hedge to plant ??

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 01:21

Beech is nice.  If kept as a hedge it holds on to the dead leaves through the winter.


Posted: 09/10/2012 at 13:34

No, the hairs are not harmful, but they have no place in a syrup or jelly, and are always removed for a preserve as far as I know.

Magnolia and blossom trees

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 00:53

I recently read that magnolias should be sufficiently shaped before you buy them.  Apparently if you prune older magnolias they will produce vertical 'water shoots' rather than flowering branches.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 15:46

Well, I think it goes in the same category as Russian Vine.  

There are some plants it is just idiotic to encourage.  It will get out of control.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 08:57

The easiest thing to strain through is an old pair of tights. They are very easy to hang from a hook in the ceiling or door jamb.  When you prepare the rosehips by taking out the seeds remove as many hairs as you can. Ensure the hips are ripe; they should be by this time of year.

But you must strain the liquid, seiving is not enough.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 01:35

The Spanish use the big quinces which grow on trees for membrillo, not the small ornamental quinces more likely to be found in the garden.  The will not harm you, but the large quinces are much more suitable. They appear in the shops towards the end of the year.

Duckweed and pond weed

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 12:07

It is a never-ending task.  Birds will bring it in on their feet.  Any water plants you buy may carry it.

Can you learn to live with it, beyond raking it off or using a net to remove some of it?

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