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Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:05

Morning all. Lovely day here. Feeling frustrated about pulled back muscle, although Doc has given me some good medication it's not up to gardening yet. Bother. (said Poo).

Made 4 jars of redcurrant jelly yesterday and froze mangetout peas.

Friend is coming round tonight for a natter. OH is away at his university old boys weekend.

weed photos

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:00

I was wondering about acanthus, but it's hard to tell from the photo if the leaves are shiny enough or big enough. Here is a google pic.


Can you identify this plant and is it ill/deficient?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:29

I think it looks hungry. Chalky soils are often iron deficient and general low in nutrients. A rose fertiliser with iron and magnesium should help. Could well be a magnolia, they prefer a slightly acid soil and chalky tends to be more alkali, so feeding should help.

Mystery bugs

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:23

I've had a bad attack of Solomon's Seal sawfly. The birds weren't eating them and they were getting bigger and the leaves were fast disappearing. So I rubbed them of the leaves and squashed them. I don't like to use pesticides.

powdery mildew?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:18

I was going to say leave the disease free ones, then I read this from the RHS  , which sounds pretty serious, but they don't really give the answer. Leave the carrots, not the same family.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:12

You need to spray them with something like Fungus Clear which you can buy in a garden centre. Some roses are more prone to black spot than others and it is catching. If the rose is well fed and watered it is more resistant to disease. They should be sprayed fairly early, after the leaves come out. Not always easy when it keeps raining. I water my roses at the roots too. The diseased leaves should be put on the bonfire or thrown away, not on the compost heap.

We went to the RHS garden, Rosemoor, in Devon last year. The rose gardener told me that they only plant disease resistant roses there.

My poor lawn :(

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:07

I think it needs feeding. It seems to be greener round the dog urine bare patches so the urine has acted as fertiliser. Perhaps you have rather poor soil. Lawns need feeding every spring and again with a lower dose early autumn.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:57

What a lovely little visitor, Fairygirl, a nice surprise.

I will be having my son here soon as he will be having his knee operated on soon and his wife will be at work. Luckily they don't live too far away. He will need taking to physiotherapy.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 19:25

It's huge!

Some sunny colour for summer.



Help identifying plants

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:57

It has probably produced suckers and the white one is growing from the wild rose root below the graft. Suckers should be pulled off when young or cut off. They will weaken the plant.

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