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  1. Andrea Youll

    Hypericum nummalarium

    Yes I looked it up too I'll be over the moon if it looks as pretty as those images . Yeah the pot has drainage holes but I added some pebbles to the bottom before I potted it. I haven't watered...
    Yes I looked it up too I'll be over the moon if it looks as pretty as those images . Yeah the pot has drainage holes but I added some pebbles to the bottom before I potted it. I haven't watered it much either (mainly through forgetfulness) but it doesn't seem to mind, coming from the North...
    Yes I looked it up too I'll be over the moon if it looks as pretty as those images . Yeah the pot has drainage holes but I added some pebbles to the bottom before I potted it. I haven't watered it much either (mainly through forgetfulness) but...
    Yes I looked it up too I'll be over the moon if it looks as pretty as those images . Yeah the pot has drainage holes but I added some pebbles to the bottom before I potted it. I haven't watered...
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  2. portoman

    In a planter - should I cut holes above the drainage hole?

    I use broken up polystyrene in the bottom of planters and big pots to aid drainage and in order to aid water retention in summer I mix in water retention granules with the compost.
    I use broken up polystyrene in the bottom of planters and big pots to aid drainage and in order to aid water retention in summer I mix in water retention granules with the compost.
    I use broken up polystyrene in the bottom of planters and big pots to aid drainage and in order to aid water retention in summer I mix in water retention granules with the compost.
    I use broken up polystyrene in the bottom of planters and big pots to aid drainage and in order to aid water retention in summer I mix in water retention granules with the compost.
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  3. portoman

    Soil Calculation for Planters - seems too much?

    The B&Q 125l bag of multipurpose compost is extremely heavy.G.
    The B&Q 125l bag of multipurpose compost is extremely heavy.G.
    The B&Q 125l bag of multipurpose compost is extremely heavy.G.
    The B&Q 125l bag of multipurpose compost is extremely heavy.G.
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  4. JimmyB

    Taking down my raised beds…

    Yeah - that looks effective but I lose the view of the wood which I'd prefer to keep: I'd make everything from wood if I could...love the textures and natural feel it brings, specially in a...
    Yeah - that looks effective but I lose the view of the wood which I'd prefer to keep: I'd make everything from wood if I could...love the textures and natural feel it brings, specially in a garden. (Hence the new green house which a mate, tongue in cheek, called L'Orangerie the other day... I...
    Yeah - that looks effective but I lose the view of the wood which I'd prefer to keep: I'd make everything from wood if I could...love the textures and natural feel it brings, specially in a garden. (Hence the new green house which a mate, tongue...
    Yeah - that looks effective but I lose the view of the wood which I'd prefer to keep: I'd make everything from wood if I could...love the textures and natural feel it brings, specially in a...
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  5. portoman

    Wood Treatment for New Planters - Ideas please!

    I'm the proud owner of a deep fat fryer, so I buy those 5 litre containers of sunflower oil to fill it up.
    I'm the proud owner of a deep fat fryer, so I buy those 5 litre containers of sunflower oil to fill it up.
    I'm the proud owner of a deep fat fryer, so I buy those 5 litre containers of sunflower oil to fill it up.
    I'm the proud owner of a deep fat fryer, so I buy those 5 litre containers of sunflower oil to fill it up.
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  6. TimGrayling

    tree roots

    Ok, thanks for that. With a bit of luck they will be nothing to do with the tree.
    Ok, thanks for that. With a bit of luck they will be nothing to do with the tree.
    Ok, thanks for that. With a bit of luck they will be nothing to do with the tree.
    Ok, thanks for that. With a bit of luck they will be nothing to do with the tree.
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  7. TimGrayling

    ideas for maintaining space between plants

    Thanks very much, I will take that advice.
    Thanks very much, I will take that advice.
    Thanks very much, I will take that advice.
    Thanks very much, I will take that advice.
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  8. Jkerr

    Privacy trees suggestions

    One Prunus lusitanica about two meters tall to start. Evergreen. Keep trimmed especially on neighbour's side so it does not invade. I had one in Buckinghamshire. Never seen one here in...
    One Prunus lusitanica about two meters tall to start. Evergreen. Keep trimmed especially on neighbour's side so it does not invade. I had one in Buckinghamshire. Never seen one here in Portugal. :heehee: Perhaps something climbing would be better to keep contained?
    One Prunus lusitanica about two meters tall to start. Evergreen. Keep trimmed especially on neighbour's side so it does not invade. I had one in Buckinghamshire. Never seen one here in Portugal. :heehee: Perhaps something climbing would be better...
    One Prunus lusitanica about two meters tall to start. Evergreen. Keep trimmed especially on neighbour's side so it does not invade. I had one in Buckinghamshire. Never seen one here in...
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  9. xf8u39

    Landscaping advice needed please

    I wouldn't plant conifers within 40ft of any building or mains services Michael. Their roots are shallow and will spread over that distance, possibly damaging foundations and pipework in search of...
    I wouldn't plant conifers within 40ft of any building or mains services Michael. Their roots are shallow and will spread over that distance, possibly damaging foundations and pipework in search of water. They will also sap the soil of water and nutrients making it difficult to grow other plants....
    I wouldn't plant conifers within 40ft of any building or mains services Michael. Their roots are shallow and will spread over that distance, possibly damaging foundations and pipework in search of water. They will also sap the soil of water and...
    I wouldn't plant conifers within 40ft of any building or mains services Michael. Their roots are shallow and will spread over that distance, possibly damaging foundations and pipework in search of...
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  10. McTavish14

    Help identify please

    There's ivy behind the big leaves. There's never been white flowers. Would they be on Russian vine? Some leaves starting to turn red. Son in negotiations with neighbours re fence panels. Hoping to...
    There's ivy behind the big leaves. There's never been white flowers. Would they be on Russian vine? Some leaves starting to turn red. Son in negotiations with neighbours re fence panels. Hoping to replace them so will probably be starting fresh next year. Thank you for your help
    There's ivy behind the big leaves. There's never been white flowers. Would they be on Russian vine? Some leaves starting to turn red. Son in negotiations with neighbours re fence panels. Hoping to replace them so will probably be starting fresh...
    There's ivy behind the big leaves. There's never been white flowers. Would they be on Russian vine? Some leaves starting to turn red. Son in negotiations with neighbours re fence panels. Hoping to...
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  11. weedaway
    Like x 4

    Will they come back next year

    There are a couple ways with Pelargoniums, as you have rightly mentioned, personally speaking I'm unsuccessful with the dry method...don't know why as my Mum always adopted that method with...
    There are a couple ways with Pelargoniums, as you have rightly mentioned, personally speaking I'm unsuccessful with the dry method...don't know why as my Mum always adopted that method with perfect results.:noidea:I trim mine all back by half, repot as all mine are in the borders, and place in my...
    There are a couple ways with Pelargoniums, as you have rightly mentioned, personally speaking I'm unsuccessful with the dry method...don't know why as my Mum always adopted that method with perfect results.:noidea:I trim mine all back by half, repot...
    There are a couple ways with Pelargoniums, as you have rightly mentioned, personally speaking I'm unsuccessful with the dry method...don't know why as my Mum always adopted that method with...
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  12. lowrider69

    Orchid plant name

    I bought one of these about 8 or 9 years ago and have been able to separate it into four different plants. Three of them are growing nicely but the other one is spindly and keeps falling over....
    I bought one of these about 8 or 9 years ago and have been able to separate it into four different plants. Three of them are growing nicely but the other one is spindly and keeps falling over. However, even though it had flowers when I bought it, it has never flowered since. I've done everything...
    I bought one of these about 8 or 9 years ago and have been able to separate it into four different plants. Three of them are growing nicely but the other one is spindly and keeps falling over. However, even though it had flowers when I bought it,...
    I bought one of these about 8 or 9 years ago and have been able to separate it into four different plants. Three of them are growing nicely but the other one is spindly and keeps falling over....
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  13. iain_j

    Suggestions for my dull flat

    Hi @iain_j , welcome to the forum! Plants will make all the difference :)Many houseplants will do quite well in low light. The easiest I can recommend areDevil's Ivy - mine is in the darkest...
    Hi @iain_j , welcome to the forum! Plants will make all the difference :)Many houseplants will do quite well in low light. The easiest I can recommend areDevil's Ivy - mine is in the darkest corner and is snaking all over the place. It grew a healthy stem 1m under the sofa, that's how tolerant...
    Hi @iain_j , welcome to the forum! Plants will make all the difference :)Many houseplants will do quite well in low light. The easiest I can recommend areDevil's Ivy - mine is in the darkest corner and is snaking all over the place. It grew a...
    Hi @iain_j , welcome to the forum! Plants will make all the difference :)Many houseplants will do quite well in low light. The easiest I can recommend areDevil's Ivy - mine is in the darkest...
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  14. Fuzzybear888

    Brick planter depth for camellia and hedging

    All I would say is they can be not deep enough, but they can never be too deep. I'd always prefer they were open at the bottom to allow the roots to penetrate the soil below.
    All I would say is they can be not deep enough, but they can never be too deep. I'd always prefer they were open at the bottom to allow the roots to penetrate the soil below.
    All I would say is they can be not deep enough, but they can never be too deep. I'd always prefer they were open at the bottom to allow the roots to penetrate the soil below.
    All I would say is they can be not deep enough, but they can never be too deep. I'd always prefer they were open at the bottom to allow the roots to penetrate the soil below.
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  15. Wildcat

    Help with Pear tree decease ?

    Sorry did not knowPrevent, identify and treat pear tree pests and diseases in ... www.gardenfocused.co.uk/fruitarticles/pears/pest.php In autumn, as the leaves of pear trees are dying, spores...
    Sorry did not knowPrevent, identify and treat pear tree pests and diseases in ... www.gardenfocused.co.uk/fruitarticles/pears/pest.php In autumn, as the leaves of pear trees are dying, spores are released from the rust infection into the air. If they are to survive winter they must find...
    Sorry did not knowPrevent, identify and treat pear tree pests and diseases in ... www.gardenfocused.co.uk/fruitarticles/pears/pest.php In autumn, as the leaves of pear trees are dying, spores are released from the rust infection into the air....
    Sorry did not knowPrevent, identify and treat pear tree pests and diseases in ... www.gardenfocused.co.uk/fruitarticles/pears/pest.php In autumn, as the leaves of pear trees are dying, spores...
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  16. dotty

    potting soil

    Hi,Its down to personal choice, though the peat free composts still have a long way to go to be anywhere near as good as peat. The plant producers still use masses of peat because the peat free...
    Hi,Its down to personal choice, though the peat free composts still have a long way to go to be anywhere near as good as peat. The plant producers still use masses of peat because the peat free stuff is either not good enough for their plants or too dear.If you look on the back of the...
    Hi,Its down to personal choice, though the peat free composts still have a long way to go to be anywhere near as good as peat. The plant producers still use masses of peat because the peat free stuff is either not good enough for their plants...
    Hi,Its down to personal choice, though the peat free composts still have a long way to go to be anywhere near as good as peat. The plant producers still use masses of peat because the peat free...
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  17. xf8u39

    Japanese Maple

    I think they are definitely conifers ,but at that early stage it's pretty much impossible to say what kind.Personally I'd be trying to hardened them off to out door conditions, before the...
    I think they are definitely conifers ,but at that early stage it's pretty much impossible to say what kind.Personally I'd be trying to hardened them off to out door conditions, before the winter comes. I think the smaller one of the two could be planted slightly deeper, it might be a bit...
    I think they are definitely conifers ,but at that early stage it's pretty much impossible to say what kind.Personally I'd be trying to hardened them off to out door conditions, before the winter comes. I think the smaller one of the two could...
    I think they are definitely conifers ,but at that early stage it's pretty much impossible to say what kind.Personally I'd be trying to hardened them off to out door conditions, before the...
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  18. lowrider69

    winter pansies & violas

    yea the petunias were really nice but its a lot of deadheading all the time lol,any winter flowers that are yearly blooms?
    yea the petunias were really nice but its a lot of deadheading all the time lol,any winter flowers that are yearly blooms?
    yea the petunias were really nice but its a lot of deadheading all the time lol,any winter flowers that are yearly blooms?
    yea the petunias were really nice but its a lot of deadheading all the time lol,any winter flowers that are yearly blooms?
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  19. David Kearley

    Noob looking for a new plant :)

    Thanks, all noted.
    Thanks, all noted.
    Thanks, all noted.
    Thanks, all noted.
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  20. Pixel1982

    Perennials

    Please do, I love garden progress updates, especially when it's a pollinator-friendly garden! :blue thumb:Nick
    Please do, I love garden progress updates, especially when it's a pollinator-friendly garden! :blue thumb:Nick
    Please do, I love garden progress updates, especially when it's a pollinator-friendly garden! :blue thumb:Nick
    Please do, I love garden progress updates, especially when it's a pollinator-friendly garden! :blue thumb:Nick
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