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BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:39

You're unkind, Violet - I shall be wondering all day, now!

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:23

Is there any chance that they're freesias?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:21

Are you going to leave us guessing, Violet?

Who were you?

recognize pet and diseases

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 13:19

Thanks for the new pictures. Since you say that you planted both plants only a couple of weeks ago, you may just be seeing the effects of the plants coming out of a nursery situation into the cold cruel world - I don't think it's a disease. Keep an eye on them over the next few weeks - you may lose these leaves, but as long as you get new, healthy ones it shouldn't be a problem.

Using vine eyes on pebbledash?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:44

You can, but you need to be careful in two ways:

1) drill a guide hole for the vine eyes

2) make sure that they are long enough to lodge firmly in the brick behind the pebbledash

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:37

The lack of a three minute rule - bliss!

I like it here as well, especially since so many old faces are here, too.

recognize pet and diseases

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:32

The rose has aphids, or greenfly (which can be green, pink, black or white). They will breed very rapidly. They suck the sap out of the leaves, thus making them distorted and weakening the bush.

Control - in an ideal world, birds and ladybirds. Otherwise, there are many bug sprays available at the garden centre, or you can make a very weak solution of soapy water, put into a sprayer and spray them off with that.

Can't see the spots on the other photos clearly enough to comment, sorry.

Who's afraid of varginia creeper

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 23:18

The only real problem with Virginia creeper is if you let shoots fall down onto the ground, as they will root where they fall. They are pretty easy to uproot, though.

Buttercups in a lawn

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 17:03

A standard lawn weedkiller should remove them, e.g., Verdone. They may need two applications.

SOIL

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:50

It'll add to the organic content of the soil, but it has no food value. If anything, it'll take a bit of nitrogen out of the soil as it breaks down, so it might be an idea to add a sprinkle of nitrogen when you add the sawdust.

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