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Vine weevils - plastic

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 09:41

Vine Weevil grubs like damp soil and plastic pots dry out less quickly that porous terracotta pots - so more probably survive in plastic pots. So I think you have a valid observation Flora.

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:44

"Some other companies don't seem to water plants before boxing, this seems to be half the issue"

That is to save on courier charges...but they can come unstuck if the courier takes days to deliver it!

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:31

I am a big fan of  as I have always had quality plants and on the odd occasion they did not have my plant I got a better, more expensive, version substituted instead.

Vine weevils - plastic

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:01

I only have terracotta pots and I have certainly had them. The provado water in Vine Weevil killer works well.


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 15:28

It looks like it either has died back because of frost or lack of water. Indoors it keeps growing but you can make it go dormant by reducing water. Frost damage can take a while to see. I would cut it back to where you have a solid stem. If should come back from the roots in a warm area and with water. Always use warm water - I use luke warm water to water every plant, even outside!

Neighbours Conifer

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 21:48

"I'd dig as deep a trench as I could just within my garden and if any roots happen to get chopped then that would be unfortunate."

If you do that and the tree falls down, it will fall down in the direction of the trimmed roots and you will be liable for all repairs and replacing the tree and criminal charges.

Leave the tree alone and move on, you are fussing on nothing - there must be other things you can do to occupy your time other than a tree in a neighbours garden.

Mahonia winter sun problems black spot

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 15:48

Yes it is the same fungus so could spread. It is treatable with that spray: to be safe spray all the nearby plants with the Rose Clear as well.

Mahonia winter sun problems black spot

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 14:29

It does sound like Mahonia Rust - use Rose Clear, which is a fungicide and widely available, to treat it.

Clay soil drainage issue

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:42

I have heavy clay and a sloping garden and we use a French Drain to soak away and never get standing water for more than a few minutes after heavy rain. The French drain and adding humus into the soil as per the above has helped a lot. For the lawn I spike over it, esp where it becomes compacted.

Can you add a small ditch next to the path? That should help dry out your side - standing water is never good. I would then decompact it and add air via the humus.

Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 10:35

They grow best from rhizomes - if you dig down where some grows you can take some of the thick roots and it should grow - pretty invasive. Leaves grow largest in semi-shade. They do grow from seed - should be flowering now, so seeds in a few months.

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