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Rosemary bettle... Need a rethink

Posted: Yesterday at 20:15

Julie, the best tip I can give you is dig a hole, fill it with sharp sand and grit, then plant the rosemary. Mine are pruned annually  back from 5 ft to 3ft. Full sun, very sharp drainage and I've never seen a rosemary beatle on a strong plant.

rose issues

Posted: Yesterday at 20:10

Peter, I planted one last year for a client. This spring growth was a bit whippy. I've since pruned it hard, and I mean hard, right back to a few inches and mounded soil over the union. Since then it's produced some lovely strong new stems, strong thick, and to be honest quite gorgeous to behold. I'd prune it hard and wait. A good feed, water and mulch will all help as well. I'm in the process of renovating all her roses and hard pruning to encourage the new stems is fail safe IMHO. Roses need tough love.

Pinch and zoom on mobile devices

Posted: Yesterday at 20:03

Yeah great but I still can't upload a picture.

Progress update

Posted: Yesterday at 19:23

It's nice to have pinch and zoom, but I still cant upload a picture!

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: Yesterday at 19:21

I dont know if it helps but I grow so many plants for hoverflies that I rarely suffer from green/white or whatever fly in my garden. I've seen so many ladybirds this year as well. Although I'm not an organic gardener I do find the predator approach works well for me.

Ceanothus cuttings

Posted: Yesterday at 16:57

Heel cuttings after flowering work well.

Identifying a plant

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 15:42

It's one of the alliums.

Turning a lawn into a wildflower patch

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 15:27

Alice wildflowers are not an easy option. I'm regularly asked to do wildflower  patches and grassed areas. They are difficult to achieve. The beat advice I can give is to start from scratch. This means killing off your grass totally  and then impoverish the soil with sharp sand and plenty of it. Wildflowers don't like fertile soil in 99% of cases. You need to prepare the ground as for a new lawn, digging deep, rake to a fine tilthe, then sow. Get good quality seed from the specialist suppliers, not the off the shelf mixes. Bulbs are easy to incorporate into a a scheme, again good quality bulbs make a difference and getting native bulbs enhances the effect. Good drainage is essential, clay soil makes them almost impossible to achieve. Off the shelf mixes are ok for clay as most of them contain easy annuals and are rarely proper wildflower mixes. It's now a little late to actually start sowing a meadow, but you could do a shortcut and buy in wildflower plugs for an effect this year. Otherwise you could start planning for next year and sow in the Autumn, doing the preparation over the summer. Bulbs you can plant in the Autumn as normal, they don't require the specific conditions seeds do. Some off this may seem a bit negative, but it's not intended to be, your soil and conditions may make your job easy, it's just some of my clients, well nearly all garden  on clay and have totally unrealistic exexpectations. Oh and finally wildflowers love sunshine so if you can get near their requirements you're half way there. Best of luck.

Plant id

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:52

Calla lily?

Fowl treatment or wot?((

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:21

Gardeners have a differing set of olfactory nerve endings which interpret odours others cannot appreciate. That's my excuse anyway.

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