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Acer.. Japanese 🍁 in need of help

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 22:35

They are very prone to this, and it is usually when they get dry, often caused by wind drying the leaves faster than they can draw up water.

The beauty of a maple is largely down to its shape, and its finely cut leaves. If you are losing leaves and having to cut back dead branches too, you may want to rethink whether they are the right plant. I no longer bother with them for this reason.

How much stone to remove.

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 22:29

Unless you have a particularly stony garden I wouldn't remove any. Adding compost will have the effect of reducing the proportion of stone. Stone aids drainage.

What is your stone problem?


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 22:10

I agree with Verd. This is a thug. My clothes were shredded and I was badly scratched after letting it grow too big, requiring cutting back. They will grow several feet each year. 


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 15:11

I think when straw rots down it consumes nitrogen. Not sure of the chemistry. Can others elucidate?


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 09:13

Morning all, I was up at 5, but didn't like to disturb you. Have had a peacock in the garden. He's looking for a girlfriend!

Band of rain just arriving, which may just help Hampshire stave off defeat against Notts. By the way Verd., I worked my magic on Cornwall again when they beat Dorset recently, having been bowled out for a paltry 117. I was there! They never lose when I turn up. ????

"The Blues"

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 05:40

Geranium Roseanne is a great favourite here... arriving a little late, it then flowers its socks off for the rest of the year. Some geraniums have another go after a haircut, Roseanne just keeps going. I have several under a grouping of Queen Elizabeth roses. First year, can't wait.

( someone once wrote that it was the "most boring" plant, in that it plodded on, flowering. The RHS named it the plant of the century... you pays your money, etc.)

Storing Tulips

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:25

In the wild Tulips go through a very hot and dry summer when they are completely dormant , before starting up again into growth in Autumn. British summers rarely give them this.

If you leave them in the ground for the first year after flowering, and then they do less well next year, I would hoick them out. They are probably on a downhill slide and unlikely to improve back to where they were. Cut your losses.

"The Blues"

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:19

Thanks for the pictures Chicky and Gina. Reminds me of summer yet to come....


Posted: 28/04/2015 at 19:21

Make friends with a few gardeners and raid their gardens near the big day. You will be surprised how wide a choice you have. I let people do it, in return for a bit of cake.

advice on horrsetail

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 19:03

"Old wives tale" ( sorry ladies)... Pick it on a Sunday, that is, every Sunday. OK for small infestations only, but you will weaken it to death eventually.

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"The Blues"

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Pesky flies!

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Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

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Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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