Alina W

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Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:56

Could you post a picture of the live area, please?

It's difficult to know what it is from your photo.

August oddities

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:51

I had a columbine finish flowering less than a week ago - the latest I've ever known.

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:59

The other possibility is that the knife you're using to trim the cuttings is crushing them rather than cutting cleanly - you need a knife that slices through without the slightest pressure.

Also, it needs to be clean, or you can transfer disease.

Try again in water, using less per glass as already said, and keep a sharp eye on the base of the cuttings. The minute you see it going brown and starting to rot, whip it out and either discard it or cut well above the rotted section if it's long enough to use again. Clean the glass, change the water and carry on.

Good luck!


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:26

I presume you prepared the soil before planting by changing part of it, or at least using Rootgrow to encourage growth?

If so, it sounds like you have a very bad case of blackspot.

You need to spray regularly to keep this under control, not just when you see it.

Next year, you want to start spraying just as the leaves open, and then as often as your chosen product recommends.

For the moment, pick up any fallen leaves and make sure the plant is well-watered.

Have a read of this, too:


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:22

Agreed. Don't let then hang around - they will do significant damage.

Walnuts - when to pick

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:20

The other thing you have to do is pick them before the local squirrels get wind of them.

Otherwise, they will strip your tree in the blink of an eye.

problems with broccoli and caterpillars

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:55

They will be OK. Caterpillars should be removed as soon as seen for best results.

Small Hedge Rows In Planters

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:30

Sorry, I missed the 1.5m on reading through.

In that case I think hogweed has a point - I was thinking more of something like a 60cm hedge.

Bee/Butterfly friendly flowers, but space efficient. :)

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:27

First, yes, there are single-flowered hollyhocks, but you will have the same problem with rust - if you're in an area prone to it, it's very difficult to get rid of it in hollyhocks.

One plant missing from your list is scabious - look at small garden varieties if you can't fit the taller wild plant. Bees are extremely fond of them.

Another is antirrhinums, particularly the varieties where the bee has to climb into the "trap".

As a general hint, double versions of flowers are often less attractive to bees because it's difficult to reach the heart for the insect.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:18

I'm afraid you have to pick them off. Otherwise, you can buy a spray that will kill them, but make absolutely certain that it's food safe before using it.

You will need to be vigilant and repeat either treatment, as caterpillars will cause a lot of damage quickly.

If you find this is a serious problem that keeps returning, you might want to think about constructing a meshed frame to go over them next year.

Good luck!

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