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Alexia Ballance's forum posts

Total number of forum posts: 45


Re: I brought this plant autumn 2013. It is still in a pot in sheltered yard. When should I re-pot?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Now, using ericaceous compost

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 19:09

Re: any one know what these plants are

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

1 is dock weed, 3rd is fat hen weed. Last is not coriander.

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 19:07

Re: Can I cut back Stipa tenuissima now in March and if so will it grow again for the summer?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Stipa tenuissima is an evergreen grass and they often dont like being cut back. This stipa will shoot up very quickly after being cut back, almost overnight, but will then sulk and may die. Its better with evergreen grasses to run gloved hands thru them to try to pull out the dead bits, rather than chopping themdown.

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 19:02

Re: My gazanias have survived the winter. Should I cut them back?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I would

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 18:58

Re: Help

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I think it's some kind of willow...probably goat willow which grows from seeds that arrive as if from nowhere. Its a common weed in plant nurseries that overwater. You need to pull it out, root and all,

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 18:50

Re: Help

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I think it's some kind of willow...probably goat willow which grows from seeds that arrive as if from nowhere. Its a common weed in plant nurseries that overwater. You need to pull it out, root and all,

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 18:50

Re: Unhappy Jasmine

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

It maybe that the roots have got damaged over the winter (too wet? Vine weevils? I dont know if VWs go for jasmine). The plant could look fine until the weather warms up, the plant needs to draw up water to replace the water lost, cant because the roots are damaged, and so it wilts. I suggest you check the roots. If they are the problem, remove the plant with us much root as possible, remove as much compost as you can, make sufe th epot has good, clear drainage holes, repot and place in a shady place so the sun doesnt dry the plant out before it can regrow roots. Water sparingly.Good luck

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 18:45

Re: Plant ID please..

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

It is Coronilla glauca, probably of the variety 'Citrina', which flowers for most of the year, excluding high summer. Lovely scent too.

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 18:19

Re: Careers in Garden Design

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I agree that it's easy to underestimate your own value when you so love what you do. I run a nursery and I'm guilty too, but oh so happy!

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd January 2014 21:14

Re: Help to identify this plant?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Its a skimmia that has chlorosis because the soil is too alkaline for it. A dose of sequestered iron would sort it out. If your soil is neutral or acidic you could grow it and it would be very attractive with laurel.
I don't know if I'm allowed to say this (Nicola??) but we at Blooming Marvellous Plants will be selling them on the shoot marketplace in the spring (probably from March).

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd January 2014 20:55