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Any plant ideas please...

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 22:44
KirstyB2 wrote (see)

Is it not deep enough for honeysuckle? I think a bit of ignorance goes a long way, I've never known where I'm not supposed to plant it and it seems to grow usually

Hi Kelcow:

Whilst honeysuckle would almost certainly grow there it is extremely vigorous and may become too invasive - like the bamboo you've only just got rid of.  Sorry, but I had that problem when it came to rebuilding a wall on existing foundations - the root systems of a beautiful old honeysuckle had become very strongly developed in spite of the inhospitable site (contained by foundations below and paving above) and had to be destroyed with a very powerful root killer. I would explore this forum for further ideas, like those already on this thread. 




Posted: 22/06/2014 at 12:51

I guess it was just a type of snooperism  ... I mean soopernism  err ... poosernism ...  Oh ggrubit!! 

Need some more id's please!

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:44

Loganberry: Was the horse dung well rotted down, eg produced last year? The longer rotting process kills any weeds ingested by the horse.

If not you may have imported your weeds with the dung

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:00

A friend has planted up her new fruit cage with three batches of strawberries from 2 or 3 different suppliers. One of the batches has started to show a type of rust on the leaves while one of the batches (from a different supplier) still seems clear of problems. None of them have been in longer than two weeks.

Here is a photo of some leaves from the worst affected plant:

... And the underside


Can anyone identify the condition and advise please.

I also have noticed a slightly different condition on leaves of my own strawberries and would appreciate advice there too. Here are are few shots:

An identification and any advice would be really welcome.




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Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:47

 Thanks OL for your appreciation.

And hello again Fairygirl. I'm having a better year thank you, although I haven't  really done much work  in the garden this year until the last few days.

What with people  posting about coffeebreaks and it being such a stonking day, I decided this morning, sorry - lunchtime, to enjoy just being in the garden after yesterday's hard work. The poem just described that lovely feeling of justifiable relaxation in one's garden. 

I've just finished planted out in containers all of last year's begonias so I'm feeling virtuous again - that's twice in one day! 

Dianthus reborn?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:28

They must have self seeded from somewhere. As I don't want a willow I'd better go shopping for something colourful and friendly.

Thanks Nutcutlet for the the identification.

Dianthus reborn?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:23

Last year this trough contained Dianthus Napoli (red) and Dianthus Bianca (purple and white)

I thought I'd cleared the trough out months ago then noticed these vigorous plants growing there.


They don't  seem 'juicy' like weeds but are very strong with very tough stems and as they appear to be very happy I'm loathe to pull them up until I know what they are. I'm also wondering whether I inadvertently planted them myself eg as unidentified bulbs found in the greenhouse.

Can anyone help please?

Begonia puzzle!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:00

Orchid Lady

Interesting you should ask this as I have been potting up 2 varieties myself that I overwintered as corms from last years plants.

I asked a plant experienced friend what she thought and she said she thought those with the lighter coloured leaves would probably give the paler shades of colour. Still an element of doubt .

Mine were colour matched variously in pots, troughs and hanging baskets last year and I was wasting a lot of potting up time agonising  about mismatching them this year. Then I thought  let's just see how they turn out without worrying about colour - I decided the uncertainty is worth it for the surprise combinations I may not have thought of.

What I did do however was sort them by size so anything small wouldn't get swamped by the larger plants - still unscientific I know but I can learn from the results for next year. That all said, these photos might help if you happen to have the same variety of begonias as me.

Tumbling Apricot Shades

Tumbling Apricot Shades

Scents of Summer with one rogueTumbling Apricot Shades

Scents of Summer

Tumbling Apricot Shades

We could compare results later in the year and if we get it 'wrong' I bet I get it 'wronger 'than you! 


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Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:39

Oh, what a glorious day: the sun, the breeze,
The blackbird on the wires, the shady trees,
Green grass, blue sky and technicolor flowers:
This is why we work those precious hours.

All the lawns well strimmed and cut last night,
Washing out to dry (but out of sight)
Enjoy the cake, the coffee and the book;
Take time to give your work a good long look.

Live in this moment, take those minutes rest:
It's days like these we'll all remember best.



White bubbles on my lavender

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:41

I noticed also loads of CS on my lavender yesterday and am glad to hear it does no harm - which answers the question I was going to ask. Nice to know GW members' knowledge is now operating telepathically!

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