Alina W

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yellow rust on hoolyhocks

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 21:23

One thing that you can try is to cut the plants down to ground level at the end of the year and then mulch around them - spores re-infect when they bounce up from the ground when it rains.

Once the plants start growing, feed them well and they will outgrow the rust for a time.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:19

Lovely to see you here, Loopyloo - hope you're well on the mend now, and able to enjoy your garden again.

Talkback: Picture-wing flies

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 16:43

I hate to tell you this, but there is no easy way of getting rid of horsetail, and your digger is probably spreading it.

Crush the growth underfoot and then spray with a glyphosate-based weedkiller. You won't get rid of this in one go, but will have to repeat the treatment several times.

Drastic pruning of a cherry tree

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 16:38

You're unlikely to get a satisfactory result from what you're suggesting. Cherry trees are large unless grown on a dwarfing rootstock, which yours obviously isn't. Assuming it survives, the tree will just try to grow as tall again.

Far better to remove it completely and replace it with a shorter tree on dwarfing rootstock if that's what you want.

problem area in garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:26

It certainly should, yes. For summer and to keep your little lad interested, how about peas, beans and lettuce (you will have to keep them watered) that he can eat, plus sunflowers and nasturtiums for flowers (also edible)? Being annuals, you don't have to worry about them in winter.

problem area in garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:04

Rock garden plants would prefer more sunshine throughout the year.

You really need to improve the soil before planting up by incorporating organic matter (well-rotted manure> and grit to improve the drainage and the structure of the soil. Once that's done, you will be able to choose from a large number of plants - to give just one example, I have roses thriving in a similar situation.

What's killing my hydrangeas

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:59

Sounds like the young growth has been hit by a frost. You don't need to do anything, they will produce new leaves in time.

Algae on my seedlings

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:57

They're too wet. Stop watering from the top, watering only from the bottom, and ease up on the watering generally. Also, increase the air flow - the atmosphere is probably too humid. Once your seeds have germinated you can take the top off the propagator in the daytime, and at night if it's not cold.

strange behaviour in roses

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:54

Not sure what's going on, then, but the fact that the roses entwined and flowered has nothing to do with the change in characteristics - pollination would only affect the seeds of the roses, not the roses themselves.

The likeliest thing is that the changed branch is a throwback to the rose that yours was bred from, so what has happened with it would be called regression.

strange behaviour in roses

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:16

Are you sure that you haven't had a sucker come up on at least one of the roses? Check if the branches come from above or below the graft (a knobbly section just above the ground). If they come from below they are suckers coming from the rootstock, which is different from the normal flowers. It will probably have leaflets which are a paler green than the rest, too.

If they are suckers they need to be removed by cutting off as close to where they emerge as possible. If you don't do this they will take over the rose and the graft will eventually die, leaving you with only the suckering shoots and their flowers.

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