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Will my rhododendron recover?

Question from Vicki

My chickens have eaten all the shoots of my new rhododendron. I plan to move it but am not sure if it will recover or just be flowerless next year. It's looking very sad.

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  • Posted: Sat. 18th September 2010 22:59
  • Last reply: Sun. 19th September 2010 22:12

Which tree?

Comment from Suzie Warren

I could do with some ideas for a tree for my small(ish) garden please.

It is for a windy corner, I want it quick(ish) growing (not leylandii!!) - I would like eucalyptus but I'm not convinced that is a good option for a windy location.

I would like tall and thing rather than masses of canopy.

Many thanks for any ideas

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  • Posted: Sat. 4th September 2010 17:45
  • Last reply: Tue. 7th September 2010 18:44

Tropical Tree Identification

Question from Pam B

Can some enlightened member identify this tree please?
I thought, at first, it was the Judas tree - cercis siliquastrum, but it's not!

I live in Sicily; the gardener of the grounds tells me it's tropical and very messy! I have quite a few pics so if more are needed for identification I can post follow-ups....!!

My internet search has not brought up anything, I seem to be going round in circles.

Many thanks for all help.

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  • Posted: Sat. 28th August 2010 22:46
  • Last reply: Tue. 1st March 2011 12:02

Planting distance between new trees...

Question from Pernah

Hi all, I'm a keen gardener that has turned clueless! I got carried away buying trees to lanscape my garden for privacy, wildlife and amenity value, however, I've most likely brought too many and now not sure how far apart I should plant them? I would like to plant the following along the boundary next to highway- Crimson King next to Parrotia Persica with 6-7 metres distance between; an evergreen Rhysphylloa Oak 5 metres away from Parrotia and Grandiflora 'Victoria' 4 metres away from oak (image 2); 7 metres from the Rhysphylloa Oak I plan to have - Banksiana Pine 4 metres away from Cedrus Aurea, which will be approx. 3 metres away from Acer Griseum, which leads to Arbutus Unedo about 3 metres away - all 4 creating a rombus type shape (image 1). In the side garden 7 metres away from Rhysphylloa Oak - Ilex Handsorth 4 metres from Sequia 'Goldrush' 3 metres away from Cornubia, which is aprrox. 3 metres from Forest Pansy, which will be 3 metres away from another Cornubia (image 3) (I still have Ilex Silver Queen, JC Van Tol, Honey Locust, Rowan Embley, Rowan Joseph Rock, 2 Witch haxels and 2 Cornubia's being trained into a tree). Any tips on planting distance and suggestions on whether I have the right trees next to each other would be highly appreciated. Many thanks in advance and look forward to your comments/replies. Happy gardening!

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  • Posted: Sun. 8th August 2010 17:53

White Hebe

Comment from Catherine Tanser

We have a White Hebe which was in the garden before we moved here, so it's at least 25 years old. This year its leaves (elongated) are mottled with yellow. A small seedling nearby from the same bush, has the same problem. Please advise. Also, is there an age limit for a hebe?

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  • Posted: Thu. 29th July 2010 14:02
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Can anyone suggest a tree?

Question from Margaret Bisset

Having taken out a very large Acer Drumondii from my back garden I am now looking to plant a smaller tree (up to 15 ft) in its place to give a little shade in a bottom corner of the garden. I want something with not too big a canopy that will give dappled shade. Sorbus family has been suggested but I have seen some nice ones on line but not so nice ones at garden centre. Anyone got a Sorbus Aucuparia Sheerwater Seedling - looks like it has all that I want - and would they recommend it? Open to suggestions.

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  • Posted: Thu. 8th July 2010 14:46
  • Last reply: Thu. 8th July 2010 22:45

Eucalyptus Gunnii Half Standard - Care in Winter

Question from Michelle

Hi, I have just bought the above half standard shrub and in the care instructions it says "keep in a sheltered location in winter". I am a complete novice; what does this mean exactly? Does it have to come indoors in winter? Thank you for any advice.

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  • Posted: Wed. 7th July 2010 19:25
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Creating a pleached hedge from scratch

Question from Jilly Cook

Does anyone have any experience of creating a pleached hedge from scratch? I am creating a garden for someone who is a keen gardener and doesn't mind patiently waiting for a few years for the hedge to develop. So far, I have been advised from one nursery that you can create one from planting 6-7 ft feathered Carpinus betulus and taking off the lower laterals in spring and subsequently tying the new laterals into a support system.

If anyone can share their experiences or adivce on choosing the right plants or creating the right support that would be great.

Kind regards

Jill Cook

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  • Posted: Mon. 5th July 2010 13:27
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Any idea what causes this

Question from Andrew Carter

Recently moved into a new house and have a couple of pear trees (I think). Both show signs of blisters on some leaves as shown below in photo. Anyone have any ideas what is causing it?

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  • Posted: Sun. 13th June 2010 21:26
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Photinia 'Red Robin' isn't flowering

Question from Beverley Lee

I have had a photinia in my sunny garden with sandy soil and have tried various times of the year to prune it; have cut it back harder some years but still it doesn't reliably flower. I had three flowers on it last year and thought I'd cracked it but this year we have returned to 'zilch' in the flowering stakes. Does anyone have any ideas. Someone did mention that they flower on two year old wood so I didn't prune it much last year so that there were lots of shoots with 2 year old wood this year but this obviously hasn't worked either.

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  • Posted: Wed. 2nd June 2010 13:14
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