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Bare stems on escallonia

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 13:27

Thanks Verdun. I shall certainly be very vigilant next Spring. As there were so many lovely flowers (which obviously eventually turned brown) I think I missed the brown leaf issue. 

Bare stems on escallonia

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 20:56

Thanks for the advice. I shall get the secateurs out tomorrow. This was a large size shrub when planted - and I didn't think about snails. Will it always have to be protected from them?

Bare stems on escallonia

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:03

I was so pleased with the escallonia Donard I was given earlier this year. It has been well-planted and kept watered. The yellowing on the leaves seemed to start after it had flowered profusely - and a lot fell off. I applied insecticide and now have a number of bare branches ....will they recover? I am loathe to cut them out ....

Looking forward to Winter

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 22:21

I love my echinacea but lose quite a few every Winter. As we live in Dorset I think the wet rather than cold weather is the problem. I am thinking of using some sort of mulch and covering individual plants with flower pots. What sort of mulch would be appropriate? I know a heavy mulch isn't recommended - but could I use bark chippings?

vine weevil : do i need to treat all containers?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:02

I have a large number of pots, but it was only the ones containing heucheras that were attacked by vine weevil last year (all seven of them). I replaced the plants and these are the ones I'm going to be dosing this month. I suspect the same culprit got my polyanthus too ...

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:18

I agree, Verdun ...... I think I was just concerned that the advice maybe meant there was something wrong with potash feeds for fuchsias....... Thanks everyone.

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:04

I always feed my fuchsias with a high-potash/tomato type fertiliser to encourage flowering. But I have read several articles recently where this is not recommended - and a general purpose feed suggested. Why is this? What do other people do?

What happened when I was away?

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 21:44

Many thanks for all your ideas. I can't see any sign of caterpillars but have trimmed back, sprayed, removed some soil and fed. I do hope they will survive ...... Just thinking ahead .... What do people think about preventative spraying? Would it be worth considering?

What happened when I was away?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:14

I usually have a lovely display of  erysimum, but came back from holiday yesterday to find many of them looking like this - loss of colour on leaves and numerous holes  what has happened - and what should I do?


 

Magnolias Everywhere

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 10:07

Snails would love to nibble my magnolia. I usually make sure no branches are touching the soil, but must have missed one or two ... Removed 11 snails from quite high up yesterday. Quite a bit of foliage shredded ...

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Blooming bellis!

 
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Hardy geraniums

 
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Bare stems on escallonia

 
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Looking forward to Winter

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Unexpected advice re fuchsias

 
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What happened when I was away?

 
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