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Front Gardens & Evergreens

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 08:11

Sarcocca confusa, wonderful perfume Jan/Feb especially in sheltered spot.

Talkback: Ground elder

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 08:01

Verdone has greatly reduced ground elder in my lawn. I have also used it where I can spray safely in the flower bed. Digging out seems to have worked but still got small patches.

I will continue digging spraying and try Marigolds and geraniums!!

can you save seeds from cut flowers?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 07:50
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

hi Tracyshed, Yes, I've done the very same thing in the past.  Growing petunias from seed can be slightly tricky as the seeds are so tiny and they need to be surface-sown and not covered by compost.  The normal recommendation is to prepare a seed tray and water it first, before sprinkling the seed evenly and finely over the surface, then (very gently) patting it down into the surface (with dry hands, so the seed doesn't stick to them!)  Best to start them in a propagator (set to 21-26C), or put the tray in a plastic bag on a light, warm windowsill until they germinate (they need light to germinate, which is why you don't cover them with compost.)  Prick them out into  individual small pots/modules when they have 2 or 3 leaves (that may be hard if you sowed too thickly!)  Good luck - you might save yourself a small fortune!

Hi Bob, Do you sow them in mid march? I have just ordered "below zero" and thought I might save seeds later this year. maybe they won't come true and be as hardy.

 

ZANTEDESCHIA Aethiopica

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:29

Mine have survived in the garden for years. The clump has got bigger. Sunny sheltered spot. 

 

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 13:03

Scales are insects, related to mealybugs, that can be a problem on a wide variety of plants - indoor and outdoor. Young scales crawl until they find a good feeding site. The adult females then lose their legs and remain on a spot protected by its hard shell layer. They appear as bumps, often on the lower sides of leaves. They have piercing mouth parts that suck the sap out of plant tissue. Scales can weaken a plant leading to yellow foliage and leaf drop. They also produce a sweet substance called honeydew (coveted by ants) which can lead to an unattractive black surface fungal growth called sooty mold.

It looks a lovely rose! I have recently purchased 4 David Austen roses. Roll on flowers! Hope you sort the problem.

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 08:10

sorry

What is rose powdery mildew? Rose powdery mildew is a disease of roses caused by the fungus Podosphaera pannosa. The conspicuous white growth can affect all aerial parts of the plant, producing microscopic spores that spread the disease. High humidity is favourable for infection, and plants growing in areas where air movement is poor or the soil is dry can be severely affected.

(found on RHS website)

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 08:09
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David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 05/03/2012 at 21:20

Can you ring David Austen up?

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