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Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:13

Mine are about 3 - 4 foot high, should be 6 foot by now,  very strong and healthy looking but very late due to darkness and wet.  I'll just leave them alone and see - if we get some late summer we may still get sweet peas, who knows yet!

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:09

Time and patience, for this dark wet summer it is early yet - you never know, we may get a decent late summer.   If so, you will be surprised how things will catch up.  This is not, in spite of what you might be reading, the first dark wet summer we have ever had - and usually, given a chance, things do catch up. 

Clematis Rhapsody

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:16

Indeed you are so right gardening grandma, I took to examining the gorgeous cflematis (and other plant) displays I saw at garden shows, rather more closely than perhaps I was supposed to.  The beautiful displays did indeed have anything from 4 - 8 plants per pot - no wonder mine looked skimpy in comarison.  Also, most of us try to grow just about everything we can, and clematis will be part of that, whereas many nurseries of course concentrate on the plants they are wishing to grow and sell.  Always good people from whm to ask advice though, as they have superior knowledge, even if for only the plant(s) in which they specialise. 

Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:12

gerrya -  isn't it interesting how different people have different experiences with the same thing?  I have always found that, for me, perlite is the one that deteriorates and goes to powder inthe compost, wheras vermiculite remains inert for donkeys years!!  Guess it doesn't really matter, neither appears to be made in a chemical laboratory and that will do for me, meanwhile we will stick to the product we know best.  Happy, albeit very wet, gardening to all - with perlite or vermiulite as the fancy takes you. 

no apples!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:16

We had the most wonderfulm erfumed and incredible show of apple blossom this year, then it was bitter cold and there was not a pollinator insight!! Had I been a bee I would have stayed indoors too - lack of pollinators in poor weather is the cause of reduced fruit set this year. 

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:14

indeed, they are pretty hard to kill, though I did lose one in the bitter winter of 18 months ago!!

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 21:12

Hi, pretty sure that is a cotoneaster shrub.  The flowers will later on develop into very bright red berries, which are pretty in the winter, and the birds tend not to eat them very early, guess they are not their favourites.

You can prune it now , and reduce the number of berries you have, or later in the year, ditto - whenever you do it you are going to lose some flowers or berries.  They are very good plants, pruning will really depend upon how much space you want it to occupy.

If it is against a wall you can train it up the wall, it makes quite a nice wall shrub if you want that. 

buried snails

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 10:36

Tried vaseline, WD40, eggshells, grit, porridge oats etc., copper beats them all - this wet weather the larger hosta leaves do droop to the ground and the slugs can crawl up them, but still they are far better than they used to be.

Rosemary Bush Dying

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:35

They thrive on bare sandy rocky ground with a few drops of water occasionally in the parts where we go in Spain - not quite what we have had of late - they want heat and light, heck, don't we all?  This weather, plus the last two winters may well have done for it.  Some Rosemary's are more tender than others, the upright ones seem to tolerate almost everything that is thrown at them, but the Capri and repens types are less tolerant.

Hope you can find a shoot or two to take cuttings from - good luck.

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:31

Aspirin as an incredible drug, and a very powerful one.  Were it discovered today, there is no way it would be for general sale, but would be a prescribed medicine only. Some of the things it can do, ands ome of the things it is used for in medicine are amazing, and surprising - over the years in medicine the places  I have seen the apparently humble aspirin turn up are very very numerous. 

Also not plants, but as a side shoot should be OK?

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