Alina W

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Yellow leaves on rose

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:32

It's possible the ants have a nest under the rose, and the roots are being deprived of food and water. Also, you talk about "much washing" - have you put so much water on the roots that you've washed the nutrients out of the soil?


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 19:16

Although they can turn yellow before they go green, so don't panic! You will get pink leaves on all new growth, but they're most visible in spring.

Spruce up this drab concrete garden!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 13:14

It'll be a case of using pots and troughs if the flags have to stay. For a garden effect, get large containers and plant several things in each, then group them together for maximum effect. Fill the containers with a half-half mixture of something like John Innes  2 or 3 and and something fibrous, similar to growbags. Choose some plants for height and shape to give you some structure, then add whatever you fancy for colour, scent etc.. Most plants will be happy together, but remember to group acid-loving plants in their own container with acid compost. And have fun

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Pigeon poo deluge on the lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:40

Good luck!

Pigeon poo deluge on the lawn

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 20:24

I sympathise, Dervila, and also congratulate you for not wanting to upset an elderly lady at an already difficult time in her life. I have about 7 wood pigeons calling regularly and chase them whenever I can, but that's not much use to you. Might I suggest that you contact a lawn maintenance company or two and ask what they could do about the clover? It's actually quite difficult to kill selectively if you want to be organic and/or safe, but professionals have access to a larger range of products than home gardeners and may suggest something that could help you.

creepy crawly things - rose

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 13:05

You have to be patient with blackspot and insects - one spray won't get rid of them. Roseclear will kill the insects for about 2 weeks, while blackspot will need repeat treatments; you also need to clear any leaves from the ground, as they'll just re-infect your rose. The best thing you can do for the rose is keep it fed and watered to make it a stronger plant, although insects will always be attracted to young growth and flower buds and, as Ladybird says, some roses are more prone to blackspot than others.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:48

I quite liked today's design - more than yesterday's, certainly. All a matter of taste, though - and it's a pleasant enough show to keep me occupied on a hot afternoon.

New garden needs designing

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:15

Well, you obviously have a pleasant rural location already. What do you want from your garden? Have you looked around at other gardens to see what you like or dislike in them?

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 14:24

The truth is, Busy-Lizzie, you've not put weight on at all - it's all muscle

Strawberry plants uprooted.

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 14:22

And the same is true of small birds. It is safer to put stones around the plants - if it's a small animal or bird, it won't shift the stone, and if it's larger, it won't hurt itself, either.

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Sparse flowering cherry

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German myrtle, Bride's myrtle, m.communis microphylla

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