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Talkback: Ladybird nursery

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:17

You'll do them no harm by catching them up and putting them on the affected plants. A new food source encourages breeding, so they will produce new larvae who will feast on the aphids readily. 

Sick Rose

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:12

SusiB, the new growth is healthy enough, but they are old, they may do well with a good feed and a mulch. The Lichen you can leave in place if you want it'll do the roses no harm. If you do decide to remove them, you can replant roses in the same bed if you add mychorrizal fungi to the planting hole along with plenty of Farmyard Manure.

The old advice of rose sick soil is out of date, the mychorrizal fungi replace what the previous occupant used up.

Honeysuckle Problems

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:47

Give it a good water and a mulch of FYM BB, this often cures the powdery mildew without spraying. Honeysuckle are woodland plants so need moisture at the roots and a bit of shade.

Honeysuckle Problem

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:43

Honeysuckle does go leggy John no matter what variety you have. You can prune them hard in spring, this means new growth from the bottom, but it's often worth it to refresh the plant. When and if you do give it a good mulch of FYM and keep it well watered, they're woodland plants so like plenty of moisture at the roots, so a good soak once a week will keep it healthy.

Any idea what this is please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 09:36

It's a perennial, but as for hardy, no idea.

can i put these in my compost bin?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:56

Yes Jason it is. The fir tree will provide the brown material, the rest will rot down over time.

Any idea what this is please

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:38

Salvia Dominica or Dominica Sage, apparently has healing properties.

What plant is growing in my garden?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:25

Looks like one of the euphorbia's, although which one I don't know. I'm sure Dove will know.

pruning a winter flowering vibernum

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:10

Pruning now will be fine adamadamant, you may lose some flowers for next year, but by the sound of it, you need to take it back as the rose won't be able to compete with it. If when you come to plant the rose, you find lots of roots from the viburnum  then be prepared to put the rose somewhere else as the viburnum will take all the nutrients and the rose will starve.

Clueless new gardener - Caring for plug plants

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:00

Get them outside now electricjo, in a semi shaded position, give it 2 weeks they will be twice as big by then and then give them a weak feed every 2 weeks. Compost will only support a new plant for about a month, by then they have used up any added nutrients. You'll need to repot to a 9cm pot to carry them through till planting out.  Best time to plant all of them is September in their flowering position. By that time they will have a good strong root system and next year you'll have a good show. I wouldn't let them flower this year, cut off any flowering stems, it may seem harsh, but the root system will be better for it. When planting in September add Fish blood and bone to the planting hole. Be patient with them, it's worth the wait.

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