Alina W

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Salt Water to Kill Weeds

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:43

If your weeds look like this:

then you will find that they will keep coming up in your lawn, whatever you do in your borders, because the roots go very deep - have a look for horsetail or mare's tail on google.

Also, any salt in water that you put on your borders will, in time, leach sideways into your lawn and damage the grass.

'But they said anyone can grow this plant!'

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 00:00

Aspidistras. Mother and friend have magnificent plants and always give me lovely chunks of it. They just curl up and die.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 21:41

Basically when the flowers are going to seed and there are no more coming. Are yours in a pot or the soil? If in a pot, they may well be overcrowded, or the soil exhausted, or both.

What is this flower please?!

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:40

You have sharper eyes than I, Ladybird4

What is this flower please?!

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:18

Is it dahlia "Roxy"?

Sweet Pea

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 18:11

What size are your pots? Sweet peas have deep roots, and are hungry plants.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:55

If you cut the central flower spike off and continue feeding and watering, you may get some smaller flower spikes. If they've finished too, remove them as well and allow the plant to die back. Once dead, tidy up the dead stems and leave the roots in the pot for next year.

Poor Rose

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:15

The time to prune your rose us in spring - it looks like a hybrid tea. Does it have a scent? If it has a citrussy lemon scent, it may be a David Austen "Prince" rose, which has a similar habit and colour.

For now, cut back to an outward-facing leaf joint when deadheading, and have a look at the bunch of low shoots at the bottom. If there are any suckers there remove those; you will recognise them by the fact that they come from below the graft (the graft is an extra-thick lump just above the soil where you'll find most shoots originate - if you can't see it, it may have been buried, so ease the soil away carefully to trace a potential sucker). Suckers may also have more leaflets than the main rose, and the leaflets are often a paler colour. Other than that, take out any very thin spindly shoots low down, but leave the majority until spring.

This will tell you how to prune in spring:

look for hybrid tea/floribunda roses. You'll also need to clear a circle about 80cm minimum across around the rose's roots of grass.

Last edited: 24 July 2016 14:19:07

Big Fat embarassing!

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:15

We moved into our first home, and I now had a garden! Off to Woolies I went, coming back with a pack of mixed seeds and a small bag of compost. I planted them carefully, and nurtured the two that came up, potting them on diligently. Then I had a visit from a friend, who marvelled at the 2 massive docks in plantpots on the windowsill......

English Laurel Spots

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 20:24

More info on brown scale here - the visiting insects seem to fit, but the regular pattern not necessarily:

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Sparse flowering cherry

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