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Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:34

I don't like the 'trimmed bush' look on forsythias, so I cut mine right back to the ground every few years.  They then sprout long arching stems which flower the year after and look much more natural.  Those are trimmed back after flowering and look good for about 3-4 years when I start again.  I've never managed to kill one, even though I often secretly hope that the big 5 year massacre might finish one off!

Ivy and brambles takeover!

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:16

Pete, just to say you have done a fantastic job there!

How do I get rid of the white powder please?

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 15:59

Mildew won't infect the tuber Aym, so it will be ok whne dried off for the winter and planted next year.

How to winter store Peruvian Daffodils

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 14:43

I assumed they were planted in the ground but if they are in pots then I would do as fidgetbones says.

Acer Bloodgood dying by degrees

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 14:38

I agree with H-C - it probabably won't recover and even if it does it will be misshapen now.  When you remove it, check the drainage hole(s) in the big pot.  Tree roots sometimes grow through them and block them, leading to water sitting at the bottom of the pot which causes the roots to start rotting, leading to symptoms similar to those you describe.  You can help prevent that by drilling more holes if there is only one or putting a layer of gravel etc in the bottom and covering with a piece of weed membrane, in the case that drilling might break the pot.  It also helps if you stand the pot on some stones or bricks etc, to keep the bottom clear of the ground below.

How to winter store Peruvian Daffodils

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 13:25

All of that looks OK for these bulbs, also known as Spider lillies.  As for storage, I would choose the wood shavings and box method.  One or two may go rotten over the winter so the main thing is to keep them apart during storage so that any rot doesn't spread to other bulbs.

Keep frost-free but cool, so in a cardboard box in the shed should be fine.

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Ivy and brambles takeover!

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:09

Dig the roots out where you can and use SBK brushwood killer on the stumps you can't get out and on any regrowth.  That is best painted on, mixed as per instructions on the pack (50/50 with water for painting on.)

Ivy will take weeks or months to go brown after cutting it off at the base as it will still be taking water in via the fibrous roots that it uses to cling to your fences.  It's rampant here and all I can do is just about keep on top of it as the roots are mainly outside my property.  The good side is that it is fantastic for wildlife which is positively thriving in my garden.

What on earth are these in my lawn?

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 22:44

It's a fungus called Clavaria fragilis, commonly known as White spindles:

Not harmful to your lawn and I think it is quite beautiful!


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:24

I would bring them inside before temperatures start dropping much below 10C, Aym.  The ideal temperature for growing them indoors is about 15 to 18C, so better in an unheated part of the house and definitely not above a radiator as that will make them go into dormancy much earlier than otherwise.  I grow mine on windowsills and they are just starting to flower now and will go on until about April.  Six months of flowering isn't bad, is it! 

Laurel bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 15:00

Not much available to us amateurs these days Colin but you could try Rose Clear.  However, keeping an eye on it and regularly snipping off any affected shoots while ensuring it is fed and watered well is far more nature friendly will keep nearly all problems at bay.  Laurel is tough stuff.

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