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Verbascum question

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:05

Yes you can cut the flower spike down,you may or may not get it to flower again. Mine don't, but you may be lucky. 

Lonicera Japonica 'Halliana'

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 17:46

You can cut it back to knee height. If you want it to get to 5m then it'll need some support to get to that height. At the moment there doesn't appear to be any. Hard pruning can be done now, but better in spring, so I'd take out half of it, give it some support and keep it well watered. Flowering will be later but that's the price you pay. Honeysuckle rarely needs feeding but give it a small boost with some fish,bone and blood. You should see a significant improvement.

Lonicera Japonica 'Halliana'

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:45

Well whoever you asked was right. Honeysuckle goes leggy if it's not pruned. A good soaking once a week and you'll get new growth. Although it doesn't look bad, I'd suspect it isn't getting enough water, otherwise it would be twice that size.

What to do with this bush?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:42

It may be one of the snowberry's, in which case you can cut it back to the ground, they're very hard to kill.

black spots on leaf

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 14:23

Well it's Hibiscus, and it looks pretty healthy other than the spotted leaves you mention.

Lost lable rose

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 14:21

A picture would help licelli, to post one click on the green tree icon.

black spots on leaf

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 10:31

What 'rose of sharon' are you talking about Crypto. It's a common name for several different genus of plant. As far as I know it's never been a named rose, and the advice you'll get will have to be plant specific. a picture would help.

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:50

You have to ingest 99% of the poisons in the garden, i.e eat them. The only plant which can be toxic by touching is Aconitum which can be serious. Foxgloves, cow parsley and hemlock have to be eaten and all taste foul unless made into a something easily eaten, even Aconitum is extremely unpleasant to eat unless made into a tincture. Only the seeds of foxglove carry any serious levels of the digitalis the poison involved and who's going to feed you or your child the seeds. Your mother's experience should show you there's nothing to fear. Your fears are irrational and the evidence of accidental poisoning from gardening and most garden plants are extremely rare. 

If you are still fearful, then I would suggest a visit to your GP to discuss it further.

I'm a professional gardener and I am in contact with poisonous plants 6-7 days a week, and so far, as far as I can tell, I'm still in possession of my faculties ( my wife might not agree), I have 10 fingers, ten toes and I'm healthy, so unless your'e going to intentionally poison someone by making a tincture to collect the insurance, you and your family will be perfectly safe.

Are my roses sick?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:28

Are the flowers on a single stem with slightly different leaves to the rest of the bush? If so it could be a sucker coming from the roots below the graft. Sometimes roses do this. The only way to stop it is to dig down and pull off the offending sucker. If not enjoy the difference.


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 22:23

Spray with SBK, they're in full leaf right now so easy to kill.

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