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Posted: 20/06/2015 at 13:33

One Montana would cover all 4 panels after a couple of years and won't stop there!

Rebecca is a different group and quite a shy grower so will get swamped by the Montana and is a different pruning group (2) so you will have a problem pruning them properly once intertwined.  If you were only growing Rebecca or other group 2s, I'd say you need 3 plants per panel.

Rhododendron has red insect

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 13:12

Can you post a photo?  The two most likely are aphids and lacebug (Stephanitis.)  Look those up in google to see if yours are similar.  You might need a magnifying glass to see them more clearly.

Peony colour

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:08

If they are tree peonies, most of those are grafted.  If the grafted plant dies, the rootstock may grow and flower which would explain the different colour.  While normal (ie herbaceous) peonies should be planted shallowly, that is not the case for tree peonies which should be planted about 4 inches deeper than the pot they came in (or soil mark on the stem if they were bare-root plants.)  Doing this will prevent the grafted plant on top being killed by a hard frost and also allow the grafted plant to put down its own roots.

If they were hebaceous peonies, I have no idea how they could possibly change colour!

problem with apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 19:29

Almost certainly wooley aphid.  All you need to do is rub it off using a stiff brush (eg a nail brush.)  The apples will be fine.

Hydrangea Scale protection

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 19:23

Only a systemic insecticide would prevent them but that would also poison any visiting bees so not something I would do or recommend.  Infestations only occur when adult scale is already present but goes unnoticed.  When their eggs hatch young scale insect nymphs run all over the plant before settling.  If you stay vigilent and rub-off any adult scales that you see it is unlikely you will get another infestation.

Growing Tomatoes Up String

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 19:12

The softer the better David.  I've used the course threaded stuff and find both that and artificial fibres can cut into the stem as the fruit gets heavier which produces damage that can lead to fungal infections.

Ants eggs?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 18:59

They look like empty shells of ants eggs to me - probably clearing them out of the nest.  Normally, a regular soaking of the pot will get rid of ants but I'm not sure the orchid would like that too much.  I would re-pot the orchid and shake off all of the soil/ants nest in the process.

My Strawberries are all being eaten

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 18:54

As said, likely blackbirds but it could also be squirrels.  Netting works against the birds but if they still disappear it's squirrels I'm afraid and they will scoff the lot no matter what defences you put in place (I speak from experience!) 

Cucumber feeding

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 18:49

Yes, too much feed and you'll do more harm than good florafanatic.  I only feed cucs and tomatoes once a fortnight myself.

I had a young apple

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 23:08

Where are you David?  Apricots don't grow well in most of the UK, especially in open positions - they usually need a sheltered spot such as by a south-facing wall.  Sanjy is right about not letting grass grow near the trunk - a circle of about a metre diameter should be kept clear of grass and weeds as those compete for the nutrients that the tree needs.

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