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Mystery foliage in gifted bouquet.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 12:53
Flowerchild wrote

They might be blueberry branches? Like these...They are used very often in bouquets. I tend to re-use them with tulips or in small vases with Grape Hyacinth. A nice reminder that spring is in the air.

Can you not see the picture? It really looks nothing like Blueberry.

Mystery foliage in gifted bouquet.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:45

I would also say Asparagus Fern. I do not think that the cut fronds would root unfortunately. Garden centres sell them in their indoor plants range and they used to be common bathroom plants.

What to do with left over turfs of grass?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 21:04

Agree with the above. I am a bit more impatient so I just buried the left over turf under the flower border, about 2 spade lengths deep. You are better to stack it to get the loam or to compost.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 09:35
SHARON STOUGHTON wrote (see)

my mum and da have an acer tree that is probably about 6ft high sadley they have just passed away and i would like to transfer the acer to my garden or should i not attempt it? thank you x

Now is a good time to try and if you get as much root as possible then it has a great chance of transplanting.

Advice on new-build garden

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:23

The developer should rotavate it before handover. I would buy a few large bags of agriculture sand to level the area where the lawn will be and lay the turf on that. That will also provide drainage. Or you can pay a lawn company to do it for you.

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:21

It does look like rust fungus. Yes it can affect Eucalyptus. Use Westland Plant Rescue Fungus Control and I would remove all the affected foliage. 

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 20:38
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

If it's warm enough for plant growth I think evolutionary theory would probably suggest the slugs are following just behind?

I thought wind had got my Arum lily leaves but it was lots of small slugs eating the stalk making them fall over...I found loads tidying up a few days ago. It has been very wet and mild so they are out having a feast. I use pellets but I think it is too wet for them to work properly.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 20:36
Forester2 wrote (see)

Mark 1963 - Your garden is for you to enjoy, so well done you for sticking to what you and your wife like best and not what fashion dictates.  

How true!

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:46

I really do not mind French Marigolds. I appreciate how easy they are to germinate and their splashes of colour that can last all summer. I am going to grow them this year.

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:49
KEF wrote (see)

I've had limited success with Pistachio nut shells, they don't like the salt. But my waistline doesn't like the volume needed.

I tried that as well -  a few weeks later I found a slug inside the Pistachio shell.

I did read a paper once on using very dilute salt water on the garden. Enough to kill/deter slugs but not enough to kill all your plants. I do think Garlic spray works but it takes months as it is systemic.

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