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Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 08:17

Sounds like the Lilac suckering is robbing the parent plant of nutrients and water. Cutting back suckers won't work, you need to rip them out when young to damage the bud so it can't regrow.

Composting

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 22:58

All of the above are evergreen, a leaf that is higher in carbon with very woody stems so you should shred them ideally, or at least chop them a bit and take out anything larger than 1/4 inch diameter. If its a trouble to snap or sheer, its too big

Also, don't bulk up on this type of material too much, its slower to decompose.

Malvern

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:05

A lovely review from EB

Excitable Boy wrote (see)

Morning all. Another lovely sunny day here in the west!

So, Malvern Spring Show. I've never been to a big gardening show before and it met my expectations in most regards, but differed in others.

First thing to mention is that I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get in and out. I was expecting queues on what are, after all, fairly small roads but there were none either in or out. (We arrived at 10am and left around 4:30pm). Masses of very well organised parking, which is good as the show was packed.

Admission price was £17 each (we had been given tickets by a stallholder). This is a lot, but overall I'd say is about right. There is no additional parking charge. Thursday price was £34. Not sure why, but someone else will explain I'm sure. I think if I was to go again I'd go on the Friday as it would be less busy.

Good points: You can buy just about anything at the show. Lots of plants, equipment, buildings, everything you can possibly imagine really. Lot of very knowledgable people too, but as it was so busy they did not always have time to chat. If you are considering a major purchase (a greenhouse, or garden furniture for example) then it is great to be able to see lots of different alternatives at the same venue. There are also some very keen deals to be had. This also applies to smaller items from plants to tools to clothing to jewelery (although quite what that has to do with gardening, lol)

My favourite bit of the day was the half hour we spent in the BBC/RHS show marquee where James Alexander-Sinclair chatted to Carol Klein and Joe Swift. Just brilliant. I have to say I am a massive fan of JAS - I think he is the next really big star in the gardening sphere. Carol was really funny and much less manic than she sometimes appears on TV. Seemed like a really lovely person. And Joe Swift was exactly like he is on telly - sort of guy you'd like to go for a pint with after a day in the garden.

Bad points:

Catering - very very expensive and mediocre quality.

Crowds - just couldn't move sometimes.

Show gardens - these were really good, but there weren't many of them. The ones shown on GW on Friday were about it. As I say I've never been before, but I thought there'd be lots more show gardens, so a little disappointing there.

Tips:

  1. Go on Friday and avoid the crowds.
  2. Take bottled water and a picnic.
  3. Wear hiking boots - it was lovely yesterday but had obviously been wet and muddy the day before. You also do a LOT of walking.
  4. Take lots and lots of money!! I was incredibly restrained but could easily have spent a fortune as there were so many lovely plants and useful pieces of kit!
  5. Make sure you catch at least one of the panel discussions/interviews.

EB

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:03

Miserable, cold, windy and wetin Kent today. I have no more to say...its just too sad.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 19:47

Oh well done you! Now come and do my garden

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:38

And there was me feeling guilty about guillotining slugs with my secateurs It is a quick death no?

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:04
Green Magpie wrote (see)

We have two acers of this sort (the dark purplish ones) in pots on the patio. The inner pots are about 25 cm across. They've been there for 4 or 5 years and at first I put some pansies around the edge to fill up the pot and add some winter colour.

Blimey! I bought my Acer last year as a tiny twig that needed supporting with canes to stop the wind snapping its stems. I did exactly as you suggest, sinking my potted on Acer inside its intended larger stone pot and hiding the rim with gravel but when I had to take it out of the outer pot at the end of the summer its roots had gone besserk, leaving its 2lt pot and travelling down into the soil through the drainage hole!  I was gob smacked, potted it directly into the stone pot and left it be. Earlier this year, I move the stone pot and its roots were still contained, thankfully.

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 12:55

On the subject of Ph for Acers, I have a green leaved one growing in the ground that has never suffered although the last ph test I did was neutral, (must do one again) I did read that the dark leaved type require acid or neutral at the least, thus mine is in a pot to be sure. Also, because I don't want to dig this beauty up if I ever love.

I use rainwater unless supplies are low at which point I might use either left overs spring water or tap water which is hard in my area. I'm sure a few doses won't harm it in the long run

Japanese Maple lost shade

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 09:18

Yes. Anything that prohibits sunlight will effectively provide shade  and allow the maple to put on some new growth. I would feed it to help that process along

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 22:56

I have Acer Palmatum Dissectum Garnet growing in a large stone pot and ericaceous soil. I bought it last year in a 1lt pot and its already doubled in size. I do recall that their roots travel quite deep, here is a good link

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/acer-palmatum-atropurpureum/2545.html

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