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Advice about planting between brick paving

Question from Lorraine Jones

I have an area of brick paving in my garden that the previous owner installed for parking. I don’t use it to park but can’t afford to rip it up and replace (or do it myself). At the moment it just gathers weeds.

I was hoping to put in some planting suitable to use around paving (and that would help stop the weeds coming through). The garden is north facing and doesn’t get much sun for half the year. One end of the paving gets a lot of sun in summer, the other end doesn’t.

I’m a complete garden novice, so any advice on what would be suitable would be appreciated. I’m using plants with pink, purple and white flowers in other parts of the garden, so if flowering plants are recommended, something which compliments would be ideal.

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  • Posted: Sat. 4th April 2020 19:41

Perennial siblings hunt

Question from Daisy Patch

For my Mum’s 80th birthday I want to give a her hardy perennial collection with our family names in (Philip, Margaret, Adrian) . So far I’ve found clematis (Prince Philip, Margaret Hunt and Adrian James) but I can't find Adrian Hunt anywhere. Does anyone know where I might get it? Or know of another hardy plant with those names (small garden)?

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  • Posted: Sun. 22nd March 2020 13:47

Cables in flowerbeds-how to deal with these

General post from sunday carrigan

What is the best way to deal with issues involving cutting through cables in customers garden. Fortunately cables were not live. I need to put together some form of letter covering ourselves for this without involving the pli. Stating responsibilities etc. Any advice on what is the best way to do this would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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  • Posted: Tue. 3rd September 2019 09:33

Potting Method

Question from Dave Jones

In the book "Dear Friend and Gardener", Beth Chatto mentions a method of potting shown her by Helen von Stein Zeppelin. Does anyone have any idea what that method is?

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  • Posted: Thu. 25th April 2019 19:58

Rose called ‘Fiona’s Wish’

Question from Mary Gribbin

Does anyone know where in the UK I can source the rose variety called ‘Fiona’s wish’
It’s in memory of a relative who died recently.
Many thanks
Mary

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  • Posted: Mon. 8th April 2019 22:15
  • Last reply: Sun. 8th March 2020 00:22

oil

Question from CAROL O'BRIEN

Can you use builders sand to aerate soil

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  • Posted: Wed. 3rd April 2019 22:25

Teucrium marum

Question from Deirdre Corr

Does anyone know where I can source cat thyme seeds or plants? Thanks

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  • Posted: Tue. 12th March 2019 09:32
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Pruning Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' (Skimmia 'Rubella')

Question from Paul Engers

I have 3 of these plants which are very healthy but have grown a bit big over the years. Can I reduce the size by about 12 inches without killing the plants?

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  • Posted: Tue. 5th March 2019 16:01
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Removing Bamboo

General post from Sarah Price

I have just moved into a new cottage, and want to remove the bamboo, so I can make the plot into a vegtable patch. As you can see from the photo I have cut it all down and have down around the plant. But it is too hard for me to dig up. For now I have covered it with black plastic, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Posted: Fri. 22nd February 2019 19:14
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Heuchera "uprooting" themselves

Question from David Humphreys

Hi :)

Last year I planted a heuchera and during the winter, I noticed had gone a bit limp, but just thought that was what it did during colder times.

I have just taken a closer look at it today and it appears to have become uprooted. After consulting my mother, she told me that same kind of thing has happened to her heucheras in the past.

Is this something that they do? Or is it just peculiar that the same thing has happened? Is there a trick to stop them doing this?

Thanks in advance!

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  • Posted: Tue. 19th February 2019 16:53