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Ceanothus for bees/butterflies?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 00:17

Like Matty I have ceanothus Concha and it attracts a lot of bees.  I rarely get butterflies at all other than common whites - Scottish weather, short summer the last couple of years and none appear until July for a few days.  Town garden as well though, lots of pollinator plants but the last few years the butterflies seem to have disappeared.

Various questions about a new hedgerow of plants

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 00:10

Are the first and third ones buddleia?  2 and 4th laurel - is one a rhod?  Last two look like ill pyracantha.  They are all very close together given that they really grow out.  The pyracantha seem to have flowers about ready - a couple of buckets of water might help?

If I were replacing them all (which I'm not suggesting is an option ) - I'd plant 4 bamboo Great Wall which can be bought for the height of that fence and would flutter nicely just over the top of it and they don't care what kind of soil they are in.  They can take any weather but the light green would really brighten up that area and look superb.

Plant (weed?) identification

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 23:44


Moving roses

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:15

LesleyK:  I've moved established roses a couple of times but whether I did it the right way or not I'm not sure.  They are doing well so it worked for me.

I had three growing close to a wall a couple of years ago.  They were the previous garden owners and had been there around 40 years!   The difficulty I had was not knowing how far and in which direction the very large roots had spread - and also how deep they were. 

Firstly, I drenched each one with a couple of buckets of water and left them for about an hour.  (Partly fear to proceed!)  I then started by forking a couple of foot away from them just so that if I hit roots I had some idea of the spread of them.  I did it very carefully getting right around each rose very very carefully.  It was really hard work and I did it slowly so as not to cut through what might have been the best roots.  A lot of the roots had gone right under the wall and I have to say it was a nightmare loosening all the other roots and then having to put my back into pulling out the remainder which were trapped under the wall. The thickest roots I have to say were at least 2 foot under the soil and the oldest centre roots were 2-3" thick in places.  I was sweating buckets all the time as it took so long and it was tiring.  Lots of bending and scraping away with a small fork and then using the big one to uplift when they came free.  Spent a couple of aching hours on one which was a brute!  However, the youngest one (20 years old) had very neat roots and came out very easily - I was surprised as it was a big bloomer and didn't have many roots at all.  It came up easily and was easy to replant as a result.

It really did take a long time as I was being so careful - but I suspect these roses had been in situ much longer than yours have?

I had prepared sites for all three prior to digging them up - and had a couple of buckets of water handy so that whilst I was repositioning one, the other two were in the buckets of water.  I also had bought a packet of mycorrhizal fungi and used that around the roots before replanting.  I'm not absolutely sure this was necessary but I'd seen it done on Gardener's World and read about it in books.  I put the roses in, gave each a drench with a bucket of water, tramped the soil in around them gently with my feet, a handful of rose feed watered in and that was it.  It was also late Spring when I moved them and they were all beginning to bud but I had to take the risk and move them.

There is bound to be a rose expert on here who is likely to give you a better idea how to approach removing yours.  I was a real 'novice' and like you, I had a reason to remove them from their original site. 

But - they all survived the move really really well and as a result I'm a bit more confident of having to do it again.

That's the extent of my experience I'm afraid.  I'm sure there will be others who might have some expert tips.

Climbers in pots?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:57

Hi.  I have a very small garden so I have to resort to putting most things in pots.  I use big pots and tall pots.  I have several clematis in pots - wide and deep so that I can have annuals in front of the clematis to keep the clematis roots cool and hidden by foliage.  I have a few honeysuckle in pots - tall and medium wide and they do brilliantly.  I also have very large and wide plastic pots with loads of sweet peas in - big enough to put a wigwam of supporting canes in the pots.  All cheap pots from B&Q by the way.  They do well enough in my garden.  And I can move them around at leisure when the weather changes.  For the first time I've put climbing roses in pots this year but they won't be growing enough to climb this year so they're just 'in preparation' for when I move them somewhere permanent with climbing support.  But you can buy some mature climbers - the folks on here could give you advice on growth rates for climbing roses and how they are likely to progress over one summer.

The trick I think is not to forget about them.  Water and feed and keep checking.  I get hellish winds in my garden so have to think carefully about where to place everything so they are settled to climb onto whatever structure is available for them.

Compost choice is worth thinking about if you're keeping anything in a pot long term.  I've had brilliant advice from the good folks on this forum on what compost is a wise choice.

Go for it.  Good luck.  I'm sure it will work out well.

Allium Purple Sensation

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 02:30

Thanks Firecracker.  I'll do that.

Allium Purple Sensation

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 11:40


Hello everyone.

My allium 'Purple Sensation' are beginning to burst their pods to flower - but all of them are only a foot tall.  I had expected them to be much taller.  Do you know if they put on any more height once the pods have opened?

They've been watered regularly as the wind here has been brutal and the ground is always drying out.  I haven't fed them.  Maybe I should have?



Identification needed

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 20:07

I've just found it - on an Australian website!  .  "Dwarf Yellow Broom" - Cytisus racemosus nana.  I thought it would remain miniature but says it grows to 1.5-2m High and 1-1.5 m wide.  Says prune well, most well drained not overly rich soil and good in large tubs.  It says it only blooms yellow in the Spring...but that may be Aussie spring! Maybe it will keep some colour here over summer.  If it doesn't, I like the foliage and I think I'll pop them into my two big half barrel tubs where my crocuses are just going back now, put some annuals in with them just for this summer and see how they grow.

Thanks for the replies everyone.  Appreciate your time. x

Identification needed

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:25


Hi everyone.  I've just bought two of these without labels.  They are about a foot tall as they are today and in plastic pots.  I've put them inside heavier blue pots temporarily so they don't blow around the garden (I've run out of space - no corners).

They are very light and look like a broom.  Where the plant comes out of the pot the stems are about 2" tall and each half an inch thick and then the foliage starts.  The foliage is very light.  I was attracted by the airiness and lightness.

Anyone know what they are and how they are likely to grow and mature?  Many thanks.



Bush Identification and advice...

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:19

Anyone think it's Skimmia?  From the little white bobbly bits where it would flower?

Discussions started by yarrow2

ID but maybe a difficult one?

Do they look like fuchsia? 
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Dicentra spectabilis

Human fell on it! 
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Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Should they be purple when they open? 
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Bergenia 'Sissinghurst White'

Can I get seeds from these? 
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Allium Purple Sensation

Not very tall! 
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Identification needed

Is this an ornamental broom? 
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Roses in pots

Type of compost to use 
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What have I bought? 
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