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What is this tree?

Question from Fran Welland

I have this in my new garden in London, growing beside and into an old apple tree. I've just noticed a few yellow flowers (in mid September, about 2cm across) and can't figure out what it is. My husband's desperate to chop it all back hard, but I'd like to know what it is, and how/when best to do it first. Any ideas anyone? My best thought so far is some kind of crab apple.

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th September 2015 14:41
  • Last reply: Tue. 29th September 2015 21:21

Pruning fushias

Question from Felicity Brown

If I cut my large deciduous fushia Maiden's Blush, back hard now will I kill it?

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  • Posted: Sun. 30th August 2015 17:01
  • Last reply: Tue. 29th September 2015 21:24

Why has my buddleia no colour?

Question from Adam Byrne

I have a Buddleia (see photos) that has gone on a mental growth spurt. This is its second year i have had it and last year it was about 0.7m high and i pruned it back quite hard. Its now shoot up and out but the flowers on it dont seem to have any colour. it didnt flower last year so i dont know if this is how it should be. All the other buddleia in the local area have colour - white purple red and two others in my garden have colour. is this just an unusual variant or is there something amiss.

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  • Posted: Thu. 6th August 2015 22:42

peach/nectarine shrub for container

Question from Patricia Young

I am looking for a peach or nectarine tree/shurb that I can grow against a very sunny south facing wall in a very large container. Can anyone recommend a variety and nursery?

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  • Posted: Sun. 2nd August 2015 19:05

help with a hebe

Question from AMANDA BUTT

I garden for a friend, and she has a beautiful 'Wiri Mist' Hebe. It is over 4' across and approx. 1 1/2' tall, however, today I have noticed it seems to be dying from the base up . Any ideasThank You.

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  • Posted: Wed. 29th July 2015 19:42
  • Last reply: Sat. 1st August 2015 22:26

Pruning young privet

Question from Deirdre

We planted oval leaf privet earlier this year and I want to make sure it turns into a nice, dense, bushy hedge which won't get too leggy.

Should I prune it now it's about two feet tall?

What would be the best method to prune it?thanks

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  • Posted: Tue. 14th July 2015 13:05

Is holly safe to grow next to a house?

Question from Silentboo

We have a big hollybush growing just 5cm from our house, how worried do I need to be about it damaging foundations?

Internet research suggests that this is not ideal, but there's a house nearby which has a well groomed hollybush as high as it is right up against it's wall also.

Any advice would be helpful, do we just need to keep it below a certain height, or would it be best to remove it? There's a well established climbing rose growing about 15cm from it and I'd hate to damage that with any tinkering.

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th July 2015 16:27

When to prune shrubs and trees?

Question from N Bains

Could you advise when to cut back or prune large shrubs and a cherry tree.
Wish to gain space taken up by overgrown shrubs but do not wish to encourage strong growth. Can I cut back in July or do Inwait until Autunm or Winter? Many thanks

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  • Posted: Mon. 29th June 2015 11:34

Tree peony sucker

Question from Helen Tyas

I am unsure if I have a sucker or not. The leaves appear to be identical but the shoots are green rather than woody.
Can anyone confirm?

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  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2015 18:01
  • Last reply: Wed. 10th June 2015 18:50

Any idea what's happened to my poor tree fern?

Comment from Michael Flynn

I've had this tree fern for about 4 years and last year I noticed that the fronds seemed stunted. I thought it might be different a season on but sadly it looks as though the same is happening again! I have two of these and wrap them both up over winter in a fleece. The other one is fine but I wondered if there is anything I can do to help it?

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  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2015 20:25