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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!

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:09

BB2, sorry I forgot to say how beautiful your garden is. not just the structure and colours of your planting but also the overall landscaping: the low stone wall is a particularly effective and attractive feature. Nice to sit on the edge on a summer's evening I should imagine.

Cotty: great collection of tulips! Looks like Giuseppe Verdi in the foreground(?)

I think I recognise Queen of the Night towards the back, but what are the lighter mauve/lilac ones next to them, please?

BizzieB: the yellow tupils are Monte Carlo and, yes, the dark ones are Queen of the Night. Thankyou, by the way, for the 10" depth advice: I will follow that next time. 

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:23

Busy Bee2 said about tulips:

"and it will become clear that there is no colour co-ordination going on, they just pop up like lollipops, and I buy what I fancy. "

Thats more or less what happened here BB2 - bought about 7 varieties on offer and put them in (6" deep at least) grouped in colour batches in November. Had no idea how their colours would harmonise. Pleased to say the effect was a totally exhilarating surprise:


I too found last year I was struggling to know what what was growing from previous years so I went round the whole garden methodically photographing everything in bloom. I've found my iPad automatically records the date of each weekly batch of photos, which is useful to help predict what might come up,again next year, and when.





Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:55

As a rider to the question could I ask is it actually essential to lift tulip bulbs and store them for the next year?

Last year a few tulips came up that I never planted - from a previous year's planting presumably.

I planted more tulips for the first time last year and they all seem to be doing well, some types are even in flower now (GiusseppI Verdi) .

Could they not all stay in the ground? 

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