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blueberry growth

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 13:47

Last year I turned out some old blueberry bushes which had been non-productive and replaced them with some old favourites that had served me well in the past.  The new bushes are still 'finding their feet' but the one that I have had for a number of years, Gold Traube, has produced just five little berries and a lot of top growth.  This growth looks different to the fruit bearing part of the bush.  I have had previous experience with 'Top Hat', which produced no fruit at all (over a number of years) but a lot of this strange growth.  Are bb bushes grown on a separate rootstock?  I am at a loss to know what to do.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 07:59

My one surviving plant from the fifteen I bought over the last couple of years seems to be growing now.  It has become totally surrounded by Welsh poppies but I am reluctant to move them as I may disrupt the anemone.  It is growing right up against the log roll on the edge of the border so I think I will try moving that out a bit and giving the little 'swan' more room to breathe.  Fingers Crossed.

Blackcurrant leaf trouble

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:02

Thanks for the info.  I'll start on the little blighters tomorrow before the rain arrives.

Blackcurrant leaf trouble

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 16:40

Blackcurrant leaf

My blackcurrant bushes are just coming into leaf and I have noticed a number of (still small) leaves have quite pronounced red blotches.  I can't see any little 'visitors' on the back of the leaf I picked although greenfly are in evidence on other leaves.  Can anyone offer advice - please!!

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 10:21

I bought a piece of sprouted ginger in B&Q early last summer.  I potted it up in a wide shallow dish, kept it watered in the greenhouse all summer and now have a lovely large chunk of ginger.  There are lots of 'baby' pieces left so I will keep them in the house (probably on top of my gas fired boiler) until next Spring.  I am not too hopeful but, you never know I might be lucky.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the man said.

Overwintering dahlias in pots

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:33

Thanks for all advice.  I will have to find somewhere warm enough to dry my pots out (I see the rain is back)  and then wait until Spring to see if they have survived.  Last Spring I took lots of dahlia cuttings and all but one survived, hence the need to use pots.  There weren't enough spaces in the garden to take lots of new plants. (Almost) a great feeling of getting something for nothing but the main thing was a boost to my confidence!!

Overwintering dahlias in pots

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 15:47

I have a number of dahlias grown this summer in pots.  Do I need to uproot them, wash and store them in the same way as the ones I have dug out from the garden?

Would love to hear if anyone has had success with this 'shortcut'.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 15:40

Last year I paid £18 +p/p for six plugs of 'white swan'.  I potted them up, nurtured them - and every one died!  I wrote to the supplier and they gave me six more.  I managed to get two into the garden but then they disappeared.  This Spring I was looking for a more mature plant but none were available so I end up with another three one litre pots of 'white swan'.  Yes, they keeled over, one by one.  I gave up all hope of ever growing them, but then, in early summer, one small plant emerged, one of the two I had got as far as the garden last summer.  It flourished and gave me some beautiful flowers, at long last.  I only hope we don't have a harsh winter this year or it may not re-appear next year.  Isn't gardening exciting!!!

brown spots on gooseberries

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:40

Thanks for the thoughts.  It is definitely not mildew, more like the little scabs referred to.  Inside the fruit is fine.  I have just cut across the berries to remove the marks before freezing. (I have only just finished eating last year's crop)

brown spots on gooseberries

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 16:04

A lot of my gooseberries are marked as described.  At first I thought it might be the result of damage from a nasty hailstorm a few weeks ago; now the marks are on gooseberries buried deep in the bush.  I don't recall having this problem before and I have been growing this fruit for many years.  I can't find anything in answer to a search on the internet.  The only g.berry related problem that shows is American mildew and it is definitely not that.  I grow Invicta, which are immune, and all the foliage is green and healthy.  Can anyone shed light on this mystery.......please.

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blueberry growth

odd looking leaves on my blueberry bush 
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Blackcurrant leaf trouble

blackcurrant leaf with raised red blotches 
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Overwintering dahlias in pots

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brown spots on gooseberries

simple and pitted spots on a lot of gooseberry fruits 
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Growing blueberries

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