Latest posts by yellowcone87

1 to 10 of 15

Philadelphus... Advice anyone?

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 11:43

Thankyou for your advice, that sounds very helpful indeed!


Philadelphus... Advice anyone?

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:13

It seems this year that wherever I went, I found that everyone elses philadelphus have been flowering away beautifully.

Mine however, did not. At all. It is not an old plant, having been planted only last year in spring - When it flowered quite freely. It is now about 4 feet tall, but has only four main stems with absolutely no buds, no side shoots and no other branches at all. Have I done something to upset it, or is it normal for relatively young plants to give a poor show? It is looking decidedly spindly. It is one of my favourite plants, and I have never had trouble growing it before. I know that now is the time to prune it, but being as it only has 4 stems on the entire plant I'm not sure what I should do with it.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can bring it back to the shrub it should be?


Thanks in advance!


Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:04

I started all my heucheras in pots, in full sun, on the patio. They have done very well indeed and are flowering away very freely. They are thirsty though, so in pots you do need to keep an eye on them. I only plant them in the garden in their second year, and they seem to love this treatment. Mine are a dark red variety, although I forget exactly which. Make sure to give them a good feed at the beginning of the season and they will do well enough.

Vigorous climber needed

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 19:10

This is a difficult one to answer, and is also the reason why I think Leylandii are so popular... The only climbers that are really vigorous enough to cover a medium to large tree tend to be deciduous themselves and so won't really do what you want them to do. You could try something like a clematis 'Montana', which will happily climb up through it and give a beautiful spread of flowers through early summer, but as I say it will drop its leaves.

The only thing I can think of that will cover it year round and not drop its leaves is the old Hedera ivy's, but a lot of people find these too invasive. It's worth remembering that all the weight added to the tree by the climber can stress the trees branches and even bring them down in strong winds.

The truth of the matter is that privacy is always a difficult thing to maintain, and there is no easy answer. Could you maybe add height to the back fence with a trellis and grow something up there instead? You may find this a lot easier to cover than a large chestnut tree!

Sweet peas

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 18:59


There are plenty of vegetables that will grow happily in a shady spot... I always grow my lettuces in the shade, as it makes them produce more leaves (due to the lower light level). Generally I have found no problem growing anything leafy in the shade. (Cabbage, Spinach...) Anything that is a root veg will need more light, as will potatoes. I grew rhubarb in the shade once too, and they came up just fine.

Sweet peas

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 20:05

I always soak my peas overnight before planting, then they spring up in no time. I've had mine on the window sill for four days and they are just developing their first leaves now Green Fingered Will. I find starting them off on the window sill helps when it comes to hardening them off too, since they are already used to the cooler night time temperatures, it make them far less prone to shock when you plant them out.

Liquid Feed

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 20:00

Thanks for that link Emma, very useful.

tunnels in my borders

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 13:27

Definitely sounds like Voles or moles... They are trick little blighters too.

There are some good effective methods of erradicating them, it all depends how bad the problem is. First find out if the tunnels are still being used by damaging one of them, and wait 48hrs to see if it has been repaired. If it is, then it is a good place to start when it comes to getting rid. Unfortunately, the humane ways of getting rid will usually only be temporary and they usually return, so the only way to effectively get rid is to use proper traps. Bury one in the tunnel that you know is active (use rubber gloves or they will catch your scent and stay clear). Then you just have to check the trap and remove any caught animals regularly. Do this until you no longer catch any, and you should find the problem much reduced.

Good luck! 

Liquid Feed

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 13:15

After that long, I would tip it on the compost heap to help it rot down, but I may be wrong. I think you are supposed to remove the nettles, so if they have been left in I'm sure they will have rotted, and the water will have stagnated. As I say though, I'm not totally sure, so if anyone else knows I wait to stand corrected! :-/


Posted: 13/02/2012 at 19:07

it sounds ridiculous, but I bought all mine from Ikea! I had the same problem as you, I couldn't find a decent one anywhere. Accidently found a great one called Hedera Helix on a window shopping trip and I couldn't be happier with it.

Most ivy's are fast growers anyway, but I chose this one because they have lovely variegated leaves which turn a lovely red in winter. I use it to cover the wall around my garden, and three plants has been enough to cover a stretch about 20feet long in just over a year.

Good luck with your search!

1 to 10 of 15

Discussions started by yellowcone87

Philadelphus... Advice anyone?

Replies: 3    Views: 1565
Last Post: 20/07/2012 at 11:43

Patchy lawns...

Replies: 2    Views: 3982
Last Post: 16/02/2012 at 16:42
2 threads returned