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Camellia problems

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 14:35

I have a camellia which is infested with scale insect and, I am told, wooly aphid.  I have sprayed a couple of times using Bug Clear Ultra taking a fair bit of trouble to spray the underside of the leaves.  However I also understand that I should 'wash' the underside of the leaves with soapy water.  This I have tried/started today.  I do not have a particularly interesting life but even I have better things to do than spend the hours neede to wash each individual leaf.  Am I missing something? 

Clematis pinching out?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:00

Hi All I have a couple of summer flowering clematis (unfortunately lost the name tag) which I moved last year and they did not do well.  They look as if they are coming good now but I was wondering if there is any benefit from pinching out growing tips, as with annuals, to promote vigour and bushiness?  Thanks. Bob

Biennials

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 18:26

Thanks very much.

Biennials

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 10:49

I have got wallflowers and sweet williams doing very well at present but they are in my vegetable patch because I do not have the room for them in what I intend to be their final location.  Does a biennial need to remain in place after autumn planting or can I move them next spring?  Will that retard or reduce flowering.  thanks.

Transplanting Leeks

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 17:08

Now that is what I call three very useful pieces of advice obviously gained from hard experience.  Thanks very much indeed.

Transplanting Leeks

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 09:30

Growing leeks for the first time and the book told me to transplant when the plants are pencil size.  I was a little late but in so doing I am pretty sure I have introduce a significant amount of grit into the plants.  I assume transplanting enables a greater amount of the leek to remain white but is it necessary?  Thanks

Crocus

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:42

Thanks very much.  I knew I had to let the leaves regain energy etc but not how long so that is very useful.  But even more so are the ideas about how/where else to plant them.  Bit of a lack of imagination so thanks again.

Crocus

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:43

Hi All

Just received an order of allium bulbs from Parkers and got 100 crocus free.  I thought I would just plant them in the lawn so that after flowering I can just chop them with the first lawn cut.  Is that dumb or any other suggestions?  Thanks

Storing Potatoes

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:09

The books, and my experiences of older relatives, say that potatoes should be stored in a cool, frost free and dark area.  It is the darkness which bothers me.  When I leave my shop bought potatoes in a dark cupboard in the kitchen for a relatively short time they sprout.  Hence I am assuming that my winter storing potatoes would do the same if I had such a store.  Why would it be different?  Is it the temperature in the kitchen albeit with the insulation of a door?  If I stored the winter ones in a thick paper sack would that be acceptable?  Thanks

Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:02

As you were all so helpful I thought you might be interested in what has happened.  I lied - I did not move it into the shade - sorry.  However this picture does show that it appears to be recovering of it's own accord.  I got a second show of the red bracts (my word hope it is right) which replaced the browned leaves.  I promise it will go in the ground (lined or not) this winter.  Cheers.


 

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