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Apple scab

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 08:55

Much the same as our Greensleeves apples. They still taste good though when peeled. Sadly our Rev. Wilkes ones were so bad that they have rotted away in store before we could use them.


If you can find a source for it Copper sulphate is about the only thing left to use. Wine making places are still allowed to sell it.


Also collect up and destroy any fallen fruit and leaves to reduce the over wintering spores for next year.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 08:34

We find that  the seed pods on many of the species get eaten by molluscs long before the seeds are ripe which is very annoying.


R, scilloides is the one which they seem to leave alone and is now becoming a bit of a seed weed in the bottom of one of the rock gardens.

Heptacodium miconioides

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 20:41

Tried semi-ripe in mid Summer a few times with no success. And I usually manage most things in the cuttings frame. Possibly needs bottom heat which my facility does not have any more.

Heptacodium miconioides

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 17:45

Pleased that you put this up. We have a Heptacodium not sure if it is H. miconioides as i do not recognise the name, but it is in flower now and the label has long gone. Good and long lived as it has been in the border for nearly 20 years now.


Think we bought it as H. jasminioides which is now list as a synonym, which is why I did not recognise the new name.

Last edited: 29 September 2016 17:48:06

How lovely, what is it ?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:09

Now I would say that it was the Willow Gentian, Gentiana asclepiadea which is a European plant. Likes a deep rich organic soil, in sun or light shade.

Annabelle vs incredibelle

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 09:57

Our Red Annabelle is a really good deep pink colour. Perhaps it is affected by soil type?

Apple Tree Disease?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 16:01

The leaves look to have a bit of Scab on them. This is a fairly common ailment of Apple trees. Used to be able to spray with Copper sulphate, but not  sure if one can still buy it. There does not appear to be anything much for the amateur these days. All you can do is to collect up and burn the fallen leaves and fruit, or dispose of safely, not on  the compost heap.


I would also look for aphids on the underside of the leaves. they can cause the leaves to curl and look a bit speckled where they have sucked at them.


Scab could also be the problem with the fruit. Also check the apples for codlin moth worms.

Plant identity #2

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 20:55

Or to be absolutely correct Hydrangea anomala subspecies petiolaris.

Are these Sloes?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:43

What a way to ruin whiskey. Try either Sloes or Damson with cheap Vodka, told it is very nice. No good to me as I am allergic to alcohol.

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:40

The major problem I have with ours is that it cripples my back using it. I find I have to slightly bend to make the flame touch the weed and that is agony.

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