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Brown leaves on box plant

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:17

If the water is seeping out almost straight away I'd plunge the plant into a bucket of water first and leave till bubbles stop rising. having looked at your picture again, I think I'd leave removing anything till the new growth appears, the dead leaves will fall naturally anyway.

Gardening contract

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:38

The secret to any large contract or job is to split it into smaller pieces. It then becomes manageable. 

Each area should be treated as a small garden and the work done accordingly with time slots and pre planning with the team you have according to their experience.

If you lack experience in a sector you hire in specialists to do the work.

Making use of trusts and expert advice in certain area's will be crucial especially with a wetland area and forestry.

As a planner for major police operations, the use of specialists in relevant area's was crucial and the advice they can give to you as to their capabilities can save you a headache and lost time.

Now as a gardener, big gardens aren't daunting, they just need planning and direction and full use of resources Being able to say you don't know enough about something to do it confidently is appreciated more than making a hash of things.

The gardening year, is planned by most of us every year, so you have a head start. Use technology to the full and if not a spreadsheet.

Big jobs are a succession of smaller jobs one after the other. Don't be daunted and a week isn't enough for 10 acres unless you have a very large team.

Tell the client the truth and don't overestimate your capabilities and never be afraid to ask someone for help.

That's the best advice I can give, having made most of the mistakes you can make!

Climbing rose Shropshire Lad -

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:09

Sylvia, do the following, remove all the affected leaves and any on the ground and any detritus. Spray the whole plant with fungicide including any flowers, also spray the ground around the rose. Mulch heavily, feed and water well. It may look a bit bare in places, but this method does work, any affected regrowth remove and spray again. 

It's been a bad year for black spot as we had little or no frost and even the disease resistant roses have been affected.

Brown leaves on box plant

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 19:31

It doesn't look like box blight, so it's more of a case of neglect me thinks. I think it needs a feed and some minor pruning of the dried out bits. I'd leave it grow and put on some new growth before reshaping. A good drench once a week for a few weeks and feed should see a different plant in a few weeks.

Castor oil plant, should I keep it or remove it

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 19:25

Castor oil seeds produce ricin, highly toxic when refined, but not usually fatal if just the seed is ingested, even by children. It will make then ill but they are highly unlikely to die. They apparently taste appalling so kids would spit them out anyway.

It's a beautiful plant, so unless you have children or intend to refine it I'd leave it. It's not hardy so would not survive a normal winter.

Which climbers for privacy

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 17:59

Welcome Mick. I'm afraid unless as bekkie has said you spend more than a few quid, your wish won't come true. Going down the clematis armandii route will give you an evergreen screen, although it will get a lot bigger than 8 feet. Even a clematis montana will grow a lot taller. However having said that in winter with a bit of training it can provide a dense screen of although bare branches, it is difficult to see through, ask my neighbour at the back of me. The trouble you may have is the weight of any climber as you don't say how your trellis is held up.

A rose will lose it's leaves few will keep their leaves to any great extent.

Have you thought of bamboo, or a tall shrub, although again you have the issue of speed of growth.

There must be someone here can make another suggestion, so be patient.

ID's if possible please =+)

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:08

Looks like a rather unhealthy mint!

How can I make ericaceous compost more solid?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:07

I think I'd add topsoil and FYM to encourage worm activity over the winter. If it's just laid on top, they will do the job for you over winter, it's probably the only solution.

How can I make ericaceous compost more solid?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 10:32

I'd have to agree here, your'e better off working with your soil than against it. It saves money and heartache in the long run. Pot displays can be more impressive than border displays plus it adds flexability.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 10:28

Emma just take a leading shoot and nip it off, about 6 inches, dip in hormone rooting powder and pop it into some compost. It will do equally as well if put straight into the ground, put it aside and almost ignore it apart from watering. Yes there is a difference of opinion re pruning, but all your'e doing is reshaping of the top. 

As for soil I've seen them do well in all types of soil, but sun is best. I've also seen them in very windy places and they still survive.

All I can say is if it's doing well where it is then just be happy for it. A happy plant is a healthy plant and age makes no difference if your'e happy.

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