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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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Best time to remove ivy from trees

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Before Christmas is a good time if you want to avoid nesting birds. If your ivy has reached the adult form if it has flowers and in this case the stems should be cut at the base and the plant allowed to die naturally over a few months before you try to remove the stems […]

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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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Getting your orchids to flower

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Getting your orchid to flower , orchids generally live on tree bark so do not like to be in too big a pot. If in a big pot they might just produce leaves as they are ‘too’ happy. On the whole they like bright light but not direct sun light and want approximately 10 to […]

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Pyracantha best time to prune

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

The best way to prune your pyracantha is to prune it lightly after flowering and again tidy it up in the autumn. Pyracantha blooms on the previous year’s growth. The flowers are pretty but the berries really steal the show. The more flowers that you have the greater the number of berries so really it […]

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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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Plants for balcony in Barcelona

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

plants for a terrace in Barcelona provide you are prepared to water well there are a great deal of plants that would be suitable for your balcony. Large plants you could use are Cistus, Lavender, Rosemary, Oleander (Leaves are toxic) Pittosporum, Bay, Arbutus, Lantana, Agapanthus, Phormiums to name but a few. For smaller plants you […]

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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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worm casts on lawn

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Earthworm activity is the sign of a fertile soil and they are normally most active during the spring and Autumn. Ways of reducing their activity is to make sure that you always pick up all the mowings and do not leave them lying on the soil. Leaving them lying on the soil builds up the […]

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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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