Latest posts by Daintiness

Curling leaves on Fuchsia

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:04

Look on the underside of the leaves and you will probably find immature green fly. Rub as many of  them off with your fingers (if you are not squeemish) and then spray the whole plant with soapy water (water with a drop or 2 of washing liquid in it). Do this during the day and move the plant into the shade so the sun doesn't burn the leaves (not so likely at this time of year but I am assuming you have them in the greenhouse but thought I should put it in!) You will have to repeat this until they have gone - weekly and you should include all your other plants in the vicinity too. Hope this helps.

wildlife audit

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:55

Maybe you could contact Kate herself on her blog and request a copy if you can't get hold of one.

I don't know what it is.

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:44

Cut back hard now - when the weather is set fair and there are no hard frosts due. Then feed the plant with growmore or pelleted manure to help it recover and keep it well watered if we have a dry spell (I know the ground is sodden but at the base of the plant where it has been covered with foliage for so long, it could well be dry and you want the fertiliser to be activated to help support good growth). Hopefully it should recover quickly. If any hard frosts are forecast when the new growth is beginning to show - throw an old curtain, sheet or the like over the top (depending on the size - don't know how much you have got) to protect the new growth and remove in the morning.

Followed threads

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:35

Several threads which I have contributed to, have not gone onto my followed threads. Indeed, some I have started eg Spawn 2014 is not in my followed threads either...any ideas why? Not a big pproblem but annoying tracking back to follow a thread you are actively involved in or trying to remember its title! Thanks.

Advice on Hops

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:17

I too grow the golden hop - beautiful colour and it sometimes produces hops. Dies back in autumn, you pull off all the old stems and it grows from the base again next spring. Like Bilje I have never noticed a fragrance!

Strange nandina?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:13

Never pruned any of mine. I only cut off the spent berry branches.

I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:09


I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:09

Looks like an escallonia to me.

I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:01

Not sure...when I try to do a close up on the leaves, they are all out of focus. Could you post a good close up picture of the leaves please?

community project

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:06

Didn't all go in one reply and the layout is rubbish...thinking I should just have gien you their email address


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