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Please help - garden plants dying

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:46

Is there any pattern to where these shrubs and trees are dieing?  If it seems to be spreading along a border or radiating out from a point like the dead tree, it could be Honey fungus.  I hope not.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:38

I'd love a steam in the garden FG!

Been thinking of putting a small pond in for years but can't make up my mind which area to 'sacrifice' as I always seem to have about four times as many plants as there is room to plant them!  I don't think I'm unusual in that respect on this forum though!


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:33

I wouldn't mind if we had had a scorcher of a spring Lyn, but it's been colder than usual which is why many of my plants are only now ready to go out.  Like nut, I think I'll do some more potting-on as it does tend to produce better specimens which are more likely to survive the inevitable onslaught of molluscs, when the rain finally does appear!

Two mystery plants

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:28

Lyn, try uploading your photos to a photo hosting site then post the links here.  Unfortunately the photo upload on this site doesn't (yet) work with some iPads and mobile phones.

Chilli Plant Problems!

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:20

Might be damage from thrips.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:23

Hi all, anyone else suffering from a lack of rain?  Here in South Leicestershire, the grass in the parks is going brown and a lot of even large trees are beginning to wilt.  The soil in the borders and veg beds is dry down to about 6 inches so I need to give the whole garden a good soaking with the sprinker this evening as I can't really plant anything out in these conditions as there is no rain forecast for the next 10 days!


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:16

Adding some kind of support is all you can do Victoria.  They won't transplant unfortunately - I've tried that before and they quickly died.  They may have been blown down by the recent wind or you might even be right about the dog in a way - I occasionally find things flattened and discovered it was a fox trampling things down and making a nice 'bed' for basking in the sun!  I discovered that when the fox jumped out when I was quietly pottering about one afternoon!

Clematis cuttings

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:11

I have most success using bottom heat with the cuttings in a similar mix, Dove.  Covered by a plastic bag and placed in a position with no significant amount of direct sun.  A good use of a heated propagator tray at a time when those are normally put away until next January.

What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:48

Indeterminate tomatoes will just keep growing until it gets too cold for them or they get diseased.  Commercial growers grow cordons 20 feet tall or more!  If they are cut back and a sideshoot grows from a remaining leaf axil, it can develop into a new plant as you found.

Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:41

Hi Sarah, they are scale insects, probably Hazel scale.  You can rub them off.  The white residue are eggs which are about to hatch at this time.  The young larvae then distribute themselves all over the tree, so try and make sure you rub them all off now.  More here from the RHS:


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