Alina W


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Talkback: Tomato blight

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 15:59
Italophile wrote (see)

Why doesn't this site's link function work?

Cut and paste the links into your browser if you're interested.

To make the links work:

Paste the Link into your message

Highlight it

A link sign will light up above where you are typing immediately to the right of the smiley. Click on it

A box will appear, inviting you to paste your link into it - do so, and click "insert"

The link now works in your message - but don't ask me why it's so complicated!

Ads blocking the task bar

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 15:39

It might also be to do with the size of text that you are using - if you increase the size of the text, it can make things misalign.

By the way, you can get rid of the adverts with Adblocker.

Rhododendron bugs

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 15:37

They're scale insect. They suck sap and excrete sugar, and this drips onto the top of the leaves and mould grows on it, hence the black leaves.

Spray with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, making sure that you wet the underside of the leaves, and that will kill the scale insect. You can then wash the leaves after a couple of weeks to get rid of the mould.

If the insects appear again, spray again until they're gone.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 14:19

Bright sunshine here today - can hardly cope!

Grass to be cut, fuchsias to be potted on, sweet peas tied back up, weeds to winkle out - busy day ahead!

delphinium

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 14:17

Foxglove seeds are sown on the surface.

Delphinium - not much you can do with the snapped piece, I don't think, but it will produce more spikes to take its place.

What would be best for my tete a tete (and me)?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 14:15
Berkley wrote (see)

Thank you Alina. I think I'll replant them in soil in old potato sacks. Do I then leave them there until September?

To be honest, I think that's as convenient a place to leave them as anywhere. Bulbs can dry out too much, particularly anemone corms, and keeping them in compost keeps them moist and plump.

What would be best for my tete a tete (and me)?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 13:35

Both types of bulbs need to have the leaves die back naturally, so you need to plant them somewhere where they can do this; they will also benefit from feeding whilst they are dying back.

Drying them out isn't the best approach for either, and if you do it before the leaves have died back, you will get nothing from them next year.

Meconopsis (Himalayan Blue Poppy)

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 13:08

Backyardee, you are aware that meconopsis baleyi (or betonicifolia) is monocarpic? In other words, they flower once and then die. You're not losing them, they're behaving normally.

Growing clematis in a pot

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 13:03

The closer that you can get to a half barrel the better. I have two clematis alpina growing either side of an arch in half barrels, and they have been there for about a decade and thrive. They do still need regular watering in summer as they are about 3m high and bushy with it, plus plenty of food, but seem generally happy.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 23:45

Good luck, Frank - a budding poet laureate?

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