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Entries from May 2010

Plant list for shady border – white flowers and white variegated plants

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

This is a plant list for shady border – white flowers and white variegated plants Assuming the border is still open to the sky but receives little or no direct sunshine Hedera colchia ‘Dentata Variegata’ x 3 Helleborus orentalis x 7 Acer palmatum x 1 Polystichum setiferum x 3 Heuchera ‘Stormy Seas’ x 6 Anemone […]

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Shrubs for growing in a container

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Suitable shrub/tree to grow in a container that is 18 inches by 16 inches would be Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’, Box, Hebes, Cordylines to name but a few. The Japanese Acer like Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ would be nice but in time would need a larger pot.

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When to prune honeysuckle

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Honeysuckle it generally is a good grower. If it is an early flowering kind it should be pruned after flowering so that it has the whole summer to grow next year’s flowering shoots. Late flowering honeysuckles can be pruned hard early spring to make the growth that it is going to flower on this season. […]

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Malayan coconut palm

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

coconut palm the best watering regime for it is to water thoroughly when the top inch or two of soil feels dry. Let it get drier however, in winter but never completely dry. It needs to be placed in a bright postition but not in direct sunlight. It needs a mimimum winter temperature of 55 […]

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Simple slug control

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

slugs. A simple way to get rid of them is to pick them up and put them in a bucket of salt water. Slugs like to breed in areas of leaf debris so clearing up areas where they might hide might help reduce the numbers too. Other simple slug control methods are to encourage the […]

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Walnut trees fruit

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Walnuts are quite hungry and require nitrogen and phospahtes so to help them fruit ita a good idea to feed them every spring with a balanced feed such as growmore. They are best fed in the early summer. Other problems with fruiting can be caused by the flowers being destroyed by frost earlier in the […]

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Raised bed around a tree

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Making a raised bed on your fir tree it shoud be fine provided that the soil does not go directly up to the trunk of the Fir tree as this might kill it. This is the same with all trees you often see developers back fill against trees and cover the first 2 to 3 […]

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How to take Geranium cuttings

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

How to take a geranium cutting the best way is to cut 10cm/ 4 inch lengths directly under a pair of leaves. Take these leaves off and possibly the ones above and put the end into hormone rooting powder, tapping off any excess, then in a John Innes seed and cutting compost. You can put […]

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Planting under trees

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

planting under trees it does depend a bit whether they are deciduous trees or coniferous/ evergreen trees. There are plenty of suitable plants for under deciduous trees, there are a vast array of ferns, Skimmias, Sarcoccoa (beautifully scented in winter), Rhododendrons (depending on your soil type) Hellebores, snowdrops, cyclamen, Brunnera, Pulmonaria, Epimediums, Foxgloves. However if […]

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Conker trees

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

The conker tree is an old favourite, although not indigenous, arriving from the Balkans in the 1500’s it supports a lot of native wild life as well as providing hours of fun in the playground – however in some circles safety goggles must be donned! This aside, many of them are looking distinctly poorly this […]

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Best time to prune a weeping willow

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

The best time to prune a weeping willow it is in the spring around February March as the sap is rising. At this point you do not need to prune too much as your are just shaping the tree. It sounds as if your tree was atttacked by willow sawfly. To prevent this next season […]

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Bare patches in Leylandii hedge

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Leylandii hedge the bare side will not regenerate to fill the bare patches At best, you will be able to peg growths made elsewhere across your bare patches my advice would be to start again. If you need to replace the hedge one good option is a bamboo plant hedge its fast to grow and […]

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Yellows and golds for a September planter

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments

We have been asked for a mix of ‘golden’ plants, suitable for a September planter – yes – already! Here are some ideas, but not a definitive list: For foliage and bulk there are Euonymus fortunei which has a variegated leaf of emerald green and a deep golden yellow border, Choisya ternata sundance, which planted […]

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When to water pots – Garden Plants

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Watering this is always a tricky one. Are your plants in a peat based or soil based compost. If in a soil based compost they will need less watered less frequently. If however, your plants are in a peat based compost then high summer they might even need to be watered daily. The general rule […]

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Green gage care

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Slow fruiting greengage tree provided that it is in an open position and is has pollinators it should fruit. As you know the last two summers have not been great which might have influenced its non bearing of fruit. When it is flowering check that the other plums are from the same Pollination group. For […]

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Pachira care

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Pachira as it orginates from swamps, during the summer it should not be allowed to dry out, however in the winter when it is not growing as fast, then it does not need to be watered quite so often. Keep the humidity high by misting, if you are not able to do this place on […]

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propagate bear’s breeches

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

To propagate bear’s breeches is to do root cuttings from Septmeber until March or divide the clumps in the spring. To do a root cuttings cut 2.5cm to 7.5cm pieces and put in John Innes Seed and Cutting Compost. Cover and water and keep in a frost free place. Repot once you see shoots emerging […]

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Seed germination – Optimum propagation temperature

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Optimium temperature to set your propagation frame at which most seedlings germimate when the soil temperature is between 59and 86 F. (15 – 30 C) The subsequent growing on temperature is a bit lower once the seedlings have germinated. Thompson and Morgan seeds are quite good as they have the best temperature for each seed […]

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Herbs to put in your window box

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Herbs to put in your window box At this time of year ( spring ) I would put the following evergreen herbs in Bay, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme. Thyme can be planted at the front to trail. Mint can be useful but very invasive as will be a bit of a thug unless you drink […]

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Indoor Begonia care

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Indoor Begonias like a temperature range of 55 to 70 F. They grow best in slightly shaded positions not in direct sunlight. They like to be kept moist but not left standing in water, otherwise they will rot. During the winter they do not need to be watered as frequently as during the summer. Feed […]

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