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Nasty looking scale on Christmas Cactus

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:44

Hmm maybe it is snails. I think the first one that started showing signs of it was in the conservatory to begin with though. I'm starting to wonder actually whether it might be where they've been watered and sun's scorched the surface.

I shall try giving them a spray with fungicide just in case. Thank you for the feedback.

Nasty looking scale on Christmas Cactus

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:14

Does anyone know what has caused the white scaly stuff on this plant? I bought some Christmas Cactus plants from a supplier in the Netherlands and this has happened to two or three others too. The existing plants I already have are OK. It's affecting the lower portion of the plants but it's definitely not just woodiness emerging due to age as they are only about a year old.

Advice greatly appreciated! If it's infectious then I'll get rid of them but I'd ideally like to keep them as the flower colours are quite unusual.


Pretty flower - what is it please?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 11:34

Aha, Snapdragon - of course! Thank you everyone.  I think I'll collect some seeds and sow more in the spring.

It is a messy bit of the yard which gets forgotten about and it gets weeded twice a year if it's lucky.  The way I look at it is I'm doing my bit for the local wildlife!

I get Herb Robert absolutely everywhere. I've just done a Google search and apparently it has very good medicinal benefits and can be chopped and put into salads. Quite interesting!




Pretty flower - what is it please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:07

Can someone tell me what the plant above is please? It was an unexpected bonus in a batch of entirely different seeds I grew.  Also, does it need to be cut back or anything? I have another which I planted last summer and didn't trim this year and it got quite leggy.

Rambling Rose

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 17:56

Oh wow, brilliant, thank you for the additional advice everyone. The Phyllis is still going...well, I would say 'strong', but it's not dead yet anyway! What little growth there is and nice and green, there's just not enough of it for my liking.

I've particularly taken your advice on board, Topbird, about planting near the fence. I suspect it may be a bit too close. I'll clear the plants around it a bit while it's still getting established. The one on the left is a massive catmint and I run the risk of my stupid cat getting high on it and snapping my precious branch if I'm not careful!

Rambling Rose

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 21:37

Thank you so much for your advice Salino, my poor rose shall be receiving plenty of TLC!

Rambling Rose

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:07

My husband and I were given a rambling rose as a gift about 3 or 4 years ago. I think it's a Phyllis Bide. We only collected it last year as prior to that we had no garden and very little space, so it was sitting in a smallish pot for quite a while. I planted it in our border in the autumn and gave it a really heavy pruning, which might have been a bit too brutal looking back. It was really difficult to handle so I got the branches out of the way so I wouldn't get too many scratches.

Anyway, come spring when all the other roses started getting leafy this one seemed really delayed. It tried to produce a leaf bud towards the top of the branch on the left but after a couple of months the bud just withered and never came to anything. The original branches emerging from the root ball are purple and wooden looking, so I don't think they're healthy. As you can see there is a branch that's shot out from towards the bottom of the branch on the this healthy or does it look like a sucker to you? How do you tell? It just suddenly shot up and looks a bit silly on its own.

Is there anything I can do to get some more branches and leaves growing? Also, should the top of the root ball be under the soil or not? I'm sure I buried it beneath the soil as that's what the care instructions said but I'm wondering whether I misread it.

I know so little about roses. Any help would be greatly appreciated!



No blossom or magnolia flowers

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 18:17

Ah, sounds like I'm being impatient! Thought I might be. Thanks.


Garden Maniac, if your magnolia has buds then surely that's a good sign. Fingers crossed anyway.

No blossom or magnolia flowers

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 18:39

I planted a couple of trees last autumn and was looking forward to some flowers this spring but unfortunately I've had absolutely zilch from them. The trees I planted were a magnolia 'Heaven Scent' and a blossoming cherry 'Prunus 'Kanzan'' I've attached some photos of how they're looking at the moment:

Both have new growth and look healthy enough. As you can see from the photo, the cherry looked like it tried to blossom but has offered some extremely pathetic, dark, bedraggled looking 'flowers'.

Am I being too harsh on them and expecting too much too soon? Is this possibly a result of the horrendous winter we had or is this normal with young trees? When the blossoming cherry was bought last year it still had some of its pale pink, pretty flowers left over so I'm disappointed it's offered nothing this year.





Posted: 02/02/2013 at 19:22

I have a Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' in my garden and the flowers were beautiful when it last bloomed. I bought it for about £2.00 from Morrisons last summer. It soon grew! 

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