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ash disease

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 15:53

Perhaps you should report it, but I don't know who too.What about DEFRA? They should be able diagnose the problem. http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/pestsDiseases/chalaraInfo.cfm

I see you are not far from East Anglia which is where the problem is. I saw on the News that it may be the new dutch elm disease.

Hard pruning pyrancatha hedge

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 09:34

This is going to be difficult. As you want to lower the whole hedge I think you should just take the plunge and cut the top off, preferably with the strongest longhandled hedgecutter you can lay your hands on and possibly a saw or a long handled chain saw for the thicker stems - a battery one would be OK (that's what I used) - long handled because pyracantha is horribly prickly. Once the top is off so it's lower you can in future trim it as Gary above says. You may well have to cut off a load of berries but never mind they will grow again. Pyracantha is very tough and can be heavily pruned. It's just that it's uncomfortable and dangerous for the gardener when it gets out of control, like mine did! Strong gloves and eye protection needed.

Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 22:19

I have a Genii that survived -17° last winter! So did the ricartonii. I used to have Tom Thumb but it seems to have disappeared so perhaps I should have brought it in. They were in borders. I suppose it depends a bit how well drained the soil is.

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 22:12

We have huge bright orange slugs, some bigger than that in Dordogne. In the Pyrenees there were huge black  and dark grey slugs 6" long. But it's the common little grey ones that do all the damage to hostas and in the veg garden.


Posted: 24/10/2012 at 18:33

Couldn't download the photos

Help needed........

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 17:21

Must have been a different BL on GardenersClick.

pets and why they are called what they are called

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 17:11

My old Border Collie (who died when she was 16) was Cassie because she was very black and cassis is blackcurrant in French. We live in France. My current Border Collie is Tigger, because he was very bouncy when he was young, like Tigger in Pooh Bear (except he's a dog, not in the cat family). My cat was Atom because I was told he was a girl when he was given to me, but he wasn't, he was a tom.


Pests: Cyprus trees with brown patches

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 17:00

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=132 This is a link to click on which will tell you about brown patches on cypress. If you had a lot of rain this summer, like most people, it could just be waterlogging. But there could be several causes.

Rudbeckia in Planters

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 16:36

I thought Cherry Brandy was a tender short lived perennial, but Sarah Raven lists it as a half hardy annual. Anyway, it's usually thrown away after the frosts and re-sown under cover in early spring or bought as a plug plant. Thompson and Morgan sell it.

I have Goldsturm planted in a border in the garden and it's been there for years.

Advice On Garden Design

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 09:53

If someone from Tower Hamlets complained about wild boar digging up the lawn then I expect they really lived in Dordogne!

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