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clematis leaf problem

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:16

Snails killed a lovely clematis Miss Bateman, they just ate all the bark all the way round, virtually overnight. It seems that some are more attractive than others to mollusc attack - I've had to give up on Miss Bateman, even in a pot she didn't make it - pity, one of the best white clems I think. 

Yellowing leaves on escallonia

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:14

Escallonia seem just to do this, I wonder if it is when they get a bit cool?  They are green all year so they do have to shed leaves at some point, it certainly has been nothing to worry about over the years - suppose it depends just how much of the shrub is going yellow?  A general feed can't hurt, they don't need ericaceous feed just something like seaweed mixture. 

What could this hole be?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:11

Been watching with great joy bees around my hanging baskets - the only plants that are in the sun yet.  Also I have a large container if Anagalis skylover, which is not only the most amazing colour of blue, the bees love it.  It has to be really cold and dark for there not to be several there.  Lots of the usual suspects have bees at present, but the best is yet to come with buddlea and the annuals which are not doing quite yet. The particular one that amuses me is the echinops, the bees seem to get quite drunk on the nectar, and can just hang there all day until it gets cool and then they leave, to return again the next morning. 

Best fruit cage materials?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:03

Try two westss and elliot, cheaper than agriframes.  I have an awkwardly shaped site that I wanted to use for a fruit cage, I sent them the measurements and they sorted out exactly what I needed, sent it out with instructions - excellent value.  They do their things in various thicknesses etc., so yu cafn choose what you can afford and what your preferred appearance is. I find the cage excellent, as we grow currants, apples, cherries, bluberries gooseberries etc, and would have little fruit without it. 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 11:57

I've got it too, and I'm afraid I love it - it gives those lovely blue flowers under all sorts of things, pops up on my excuse for a lawn, and generally cheers my day!  If it does come where I don't want it, I think it is easy enough to remove by hand. 


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 19:00

What can you lose except a pound or two?  I bought several very inexpensive plants from Morrisons recently, very pleased with them so far, Wilco also good - just don't expect rare things and you can't really go wrong. 

Plant/weed identification

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:59

Also watch out for the reddish leafed one, very pretty in the right place but where it considers to be the right place is absolutely everywhere!  Luckily reasonably easy to pull out, but it is certainly one of those I wish I had never started. 

Help needed to ID this plant? Weed?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:56

It really depends if you like it or not.  I allow the dark reddish pink one like this to grow at the front of the garden over a a low bit of wall, where it does look nice.  All pale pink and white ones are ruthlessly pulled up, as are those which appear elsewhere.  It is one of those cases where one persons weed is anothers joy and delight!

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:54

yes indeed, darn the wheelie bins!! They are such an eyesore, and if your space is tiny they intrude so much.  I have seen them surrounded by hazel hurdles, and then sweet peas or clematis or something light and pretty grown up that - it's a thought. 

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 12:25

Intersting and informative - thank you.  However, I would like to know from whence comes the 'green compost' that is being added to reduced peat composts.  If it is from counceil waste, then surely the issue of perennial weeds persists (never mind the weedkiller, a separate discussion).  Most of us put in the bins the items we will not, or cannot, compost at home - bindweed, docks, ground elder etc.  I spoke to our tip people and they had no idea about how the waste was dealt with, nor did I really expect them to, but neither could they tell me who collected it nor where it went for 'processing'.  I know what I put in mine is not stuff I would want back, which is why I avoid council compost, but is it getting into composts I might buy?  If so, how do I know that? 

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