Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl'
A reliable, attractive wall shrub shown to best effect against a wall at the back of a border
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring, when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy, dark green leaves appear. 'Geisha Girl' is later flowering than other varieties and has double, deep apricot-pink flowers from March to May, followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit. This deciduous shrub looks lovely in the middle of a mixed border, or trained as a specimen against a wall. More compact than other varieties, it flowers best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. The fruit can be eaten when cooked.
- Garden care: After flowering, prune side-shoots to five or six leaves and remove crossing stems. Once established, take out excess growth in late spring or summer and cut back all side-shoots to two or three leaves.
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Q:Plant to cover a fence
Please can you suggest a shrub/tree that could be grown as an espalier on a new 2 metre close boarded fence, facing East by North-it gets a good few hours of sun in the morning. I need to cover about 10 to 12 feet in width, and the plant would need to be planted close to one end of the fence. (The fence borders a paved area leading into a border.) I would hope to start with something already fairly well grown if possible. Many thanksAsked on 12/6/2009 by Rita Ireland
A:Dear Helen, Thank you for the reply. I had been thinking about Pyracantha so you have confirmed that this would be suitable.Answered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello There, The best options would be one of the following
or Garrya http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/garrya-elliptica-james-roof/classid.3880 Unfortunately though we only sell the sizes listed on our site and none of them will have been trained into an espalier. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Rita Ireland
Q:Plants to deter cats
Hello, my tiny terrace garden was recently made over at some expense but my 2 beloved moggies have ruined the one flower bed by using it as a loo-I am about to spend yet more money on having it cleaned up but how do I deter the cats from ruining it again? They are outdoor cats and use the catflap and there is nowhere indoors to put a litter tray anyway. Friends suggested several centimetres of woodchips? on the soil would put them off but I would value your advice before I invest. Also, which perfumed lilies are poisonous to cats?-or are they all? I am not thinking of poisoning the 2 moggies but I would like some lilies in pots but not if they are going to harm the cats. Also, suggestions of perfumed climbing shrubs that will stand shade. Many thanks SoniaAsked on 7/23/2009 by Sonia Richardson
A:Hello There, There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, thus making it awkward for them to dig in - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha's are ideal - this is a prickly wall shrub that has small white flowers which become fabulous red berries in autumn. http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=pyracantha Berberis is another good choice: http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=berberis Chaenomeles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=chaenomeles Ilex (holly): http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=ilex All of the above plants are evergreen (except Chaenomeles), so you will have year round interest. There are loads of cat deterrents on the market that work by scent or water. We have a few on our site. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/cats/prcid.87/vid.484/ Other methods that you could try include sprinkling curry powder around the boundaries where they frequent, drying your used tea bags and then putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on them before scattering in the garden. Orange peel when broken into small pieces and scattered around the borders works wonders and it's cheap as does grated, perfumed soap. As for the lilies, I think they are all quite toxic to cats, so they should be avoided. Finally, the best scented climbers for shade are the Loniceras - just click on the following link to go straight to them http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lonicera/ I hope this helps and good luck! Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/24/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I grow in clay soil?
I have clay soil and am finding it hard to grow anything at all. I am not a gardener so not keen on digging in good compost, besides that my garden is so big it would take me ages. Are there any plants, shrubs that grow well in clay soil? I was thinking of a Chaenomeles. Have you any other suggestions? Many thanks MargaretAsked on 6/26/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Margaret, There are loads of plants which will grow in clay soil including trees, shrubs, roses and climbers, which don't need to be lifted and divided every few years. Planting should be tackled when the soil is reasonably dry, early autumn or early spring seem to be the best times. If you really can't face digging, then you should apply bulky organic matter (like composted bark) as a generous layer of mulch in the autumn and the worms will help work it into the soil over the winter. Gypsum is also quite effective in helping to break down most clay soils. The Chaenomeles should be fine in your clay soil, provided it does not stay too wet for any length of time. For more ideas, just click on the following link, which will take you straight to all the clay-loving plants we sell. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/vid.9/numitems.0/sort.0/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Does my Japanese flowering quince have edible fruit?
I bought a Japanese flowering quince about 2 years ago and the crop of fruit this year is larger and more uniformly yellow-pink than last year's - is the fruit purely ornamental or can I use it in cooking?Asked on 9/27/2006 by Delphine
A:The fruit of Chaenomeles are palatable when cooked, but really its grown as an ornamental plant.Answered on 9/28/2006 by Crocus
Q:How can I stop cats fouling in my garden?
I have a problem with cats fouling in my garden. Is there anything you can suggest that I use to to prevent this?Asked on 4/26/2005 by Pam McCarthy
A:There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, which will make it awkward for them to squeeze past or dig around - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pyracantha/?s=pyracantha Berberis http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.berberis/?s=berberis Chaenomeles http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.chaenomeles/?s=chaenomeles Ilex http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/hedging-rhs-licenced-range/ilex-aquifolium-/classid.2000014478/ With the exception of the Chaenomeles, all of the above plants are evergreen, so will provide year round interest. Failing that, we do have a number of different deterrents - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/cats/prcid.87/vid.484/Answered on 4/26/2005 by Crocus
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