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Alexia Ballance's forum posts

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Re: can any one help

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I think Carolyn has hit the nail on the head

  • Posted: Tue. 12th November 2013 15:04

Re: GRASS IN THE SHADE

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Have you had the lawn aerated? Putting in small holes and filling them with a sharp, free draining mix of sand and soil/compost could improve drainage and hence help reduce moss.
BTW, a lawn care company told me my sandy lawn under trees wouldn't benefit from this (they thought all sand was free draining - wrong!) but it's actually the only long term answer. By improving drainage, moss suffers, grass grows more strongly, the moss is smothered by the grass, and a virtuous circle results.
Suggested stages:
1) rake out as much moss as possible
2) aerate the soil as above
3) reseed the patches using a shade tolerant seed mix (all the reputable seed companies do them) - best to wait until spring before reseeding.

  • Posted: Tue. 12th November 2013 15:01

Re: Help invasive shrub identification needed

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Yes this is definitely Phygelius. Probably a yellow flowered form, judging from the pale stems.
We once had one in a border next to a wall and it came up through the floor of the next door houses's larder!
Not all Phygelius are invasive (some are much more restrained) but as yours is, you have 2 choices:
1) Kill it with weedkiller (e.g. Roundup). This will kill the whole thing, including on your neighbour's side, UNLESS you can cut through the roots before you spray, so that the weedkiller doesn't travel back through the roots to the original plant.
2) If you're happy to have a bit of it (it's very pretty) but don't want it to take over, you could cut it back (including the roots) and put in an impermeable barrier in the ground to stop the roots from spreading too far. A sheet of old corrugated iron would do it, if you happen to have one.
But some roots will probably get through, so you'll have to watch it.
Timing of weedkiller - if you want to deal with it now, cut back the plant and mix up SBK (Stump and Brushwood Killer) 1:1 with water. Drip it into the cut stems. Cover the stumps to make sure cats/children can't reach it.
OR wait until spring and spray or paint on a glyphosate based weedkiller like Roundup. Don't apply it now as it only works while the plant is actively growing.

You may have to apply a second treatment next summer if anything comes back up.

Good luck!

  • Posted: Tue. 12th November 2013 14:53

Re: Pollardin

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

If you do it in early spring you'll stilleget lots of flowers the same year.

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:39

Re: Plant Identification please

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Almost certainly Cotinus Grace.

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:38

Re: Name this plant please

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Have you got a photo you can post here?

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:36

Re: What is this plant called?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I agree with that ident. It needs very good drainage and definitely needs protection from significant frosts.

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:34

Re: Vine Weevil

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Unlikely to work and may damage the plant's roots. Illegal too! You need nematodes or vine weevil killer 2. Nematodes won't work now that the soil's cooled down but you use them next aug or sept. To save your plants' roots from being eaten this winter, use provado vine weevil killer - it's only licensed for use in pots though.

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:31

Re: Does anyone know what these are?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Sisyrinchium

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:22

Re: Please can anyone help me identify these heucheras?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

First could be peach flambe, second definitely marmalade.

  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 23:20