Latest posts by chrissieB


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 07:07
Hi everyone,

We were supposed to get rain last night but if we did it was very little. Looks like another lovely day again but unfortunately at work all day today and tomorrow by which time the rain should have well and truly arrived : (

Have I ruined my Osmanthus Burkwoodii?

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 01:36
It should be fine but afraid can't advise how quickly it may return to its full glory as I think they are quite slow growing. Presumably you got some feel for how much it has grown since you moved in and the hard prune shouldn't make it slower, it might respond quite well put on a spurt if growth. A feed and mulch will probably help if not already done : )!

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 01:29
They are often a bit scrappy I'm afraid. I think they respond quite well to hard pruning and if it is very scrappy you've probably nothing to lose giving it a try. Autumn/ winter when it is dormant will be the best time to give it a go


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 01:27
Softwood in summer or hardwood cuttings in winter. I think they are quite easy to propagate this way, I have done some hardwood before now but sorry can't remember how long they took to root. I don't think it was very long.


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 01:24
The most likely cause is scorch by wind or sun, they prefer a fairly sheltered spot and some are much more sensitive than others. If it's near a fence or corner of the house it may be getting hit by wind turbulence even if to you and me it doesn't seem to be in an obviously exposed spot.

Kilmarnock Willow

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 01:20
I think it might be rust. Not sure what you treat it with hopefully someone on here will know but think you should be able to get a spray at your local GC. Having said that I don't think it does much damage so I would just leave it but try and keep the area clear of any fallen leaves ( don't compost them) to reduce the chance of spores overwintering

What to do with all the Horsetail we pull up

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 17:48
Looking for an organic solution for mildew and found this - finally an upside however small to Horsetail : ) Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a pernicious weed which spreads by underground stems which may go down as deep as ten feet, forming horizontal rhizome systems at intervals. This makes it particularly difficult to control. If you have a horsetail problem, there???s a bright side to it because an infusion of the weed makes a good fungicide for control of mildew on straw-berries and other crops, and checks rust on celery and celeriac. Collect the horsetail, foliage, stems, rhizomes and all, and for each 28g (1 oz) pour on 1.1 Litres (2pt) hot, not boiling, water, and allow to stand for twenty-four hours. Strain off the ???tea??? and use undiluted.


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 17:45
Sorry don't know the mix but I have read that some washing up liquids (incl Fairy) contain chemicals which can harm your plants and beneficial insects. It's best to use scent and dye free soap.

Clematis and yellowing leaves

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 17:35
Check that you are not given more feed than recommended on the bottle. Over feeding will stop the plant being able to take up all the nutrients it needs as it upsets the chemical balance between the plant cells and the soil.

Agree with FG re possibly overwatering and needing a very large pot. Most clematis can happily withstand slugs and snails except when very young.

Giving seeds as gifts

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 15:15

that's the name - wage envelopes. Thought they might be easier to get in a local stationers than seed envelopes

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