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Posted: 25/08/2013 at 18:17

Not much really, the tree is taking all the nutrients out of the soil - if you go for a walk in a pine forest you will see there is no undergrowth to speak of except where there is a clearing where water and soil might gather.  The best way to get colour under such a tree is with raised beds - though they will also dry out quickly as your fir gets to take all there is in there, or pots and troughs.  Also with an east facing position, anything there really has got more than a sruggle on its hands - or roots as the case may be.   I have a large red sycamore and it is hard enough to get much going under there, but at least it drops its leaves and allows some light and moisture in during the winnter - but not under your pine.  

Well planted pots, left there for a few weeks, then rotated with others will do the trick, but you will need to move them out of there after a short while as they will suffer from darkness and cold in that situation.  Whatever you put in pots there will need to be well grown before you put it there for a while, well watered and fed before placing, then allowed a period of recuperation afterwards while another goes in its place - tough spot that. 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:41

Used to grow large patch of various dahlias on my allotment as had no room in the garden.  Now I don't have the lottie any more, am beginning to grow a few in pots - I always loved them even when they were out of fashion - but I'm more keen on the singles than the rest, feel the beasties such as bees get a better deal with those. Am trying the bishops children next year too - have loved the bishop himself this ye, among others. 


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 18:37

When did you prune it?  I don't know when you should as I don't grow that one, but if done at the wrong time you may cut off the flowering wood - have done this with shrubs in the past.  Otherwise as nutcutlet says, blame the weather!!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 18:35

There is no cure as such.  Rigurous hygeine is the only answer.  If you really want to go chemical there are things that claim to get rid of it, but as it is a spore and is everywhere in the country, I suspect these are very short term 'cures'.  If you are buying new roses then try to get ones which are resistant.  As you said, now is the time to pick off the affected leaves, remove the top inch or so of soil under the roses, and mulch well with clean compost or whatever you like to use.  


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:51

I've got this, is it gorgeous, but for the life of me I can't recall where I got it - long time ago though so maybe not available anyway.  Hmm, that was a waste of time, just to agree it's lovely!  All the lilies are this year.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:49

Lovely onions!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:48

Sawfly adore them, I put a pot  full of lovely strong plants out to put in the ground, left them a day or two, and then there were none as the nursery rhyme says!!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:46

Mine fruited for the fist time this year, must be the right kind of weather for them, mine is about 5 years old.  There probably won't be enough fruits to make anything, but it's good to see them growing. 


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:44

I don't keep mine but treat them as annuals - I guess you could try but they can get very woody and I've found the colours fade. 


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 17:55

Indeed it is, flax is very pretty in this blue shade, there is also a red one - sown in a patch in a border they make a lovely addition to an annual bed. 

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