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Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:28

To be honest billyc I'm not sure what your'e doing wrong. They are usually the easiest cuttings to take. When taking the cuttings are you cutting just below a leaf node? How many are you putting in a pot? 4 is usually the right number at each corner, they can be left outside to root at this time of year and only water when the compost is dry and then from underneath by placing in a tray of water. As for water cuttings just 4 or five to a small glass too many and there is no air movement, again the roots form from the leaf nodes. Take the cuttings in the morning, from a non flowering shoot and pinch the top off the cutting.

You may be being a bit over ambitious cramming too much in and over watering the cuttings. Try and be a bit more relaxed about it

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:32

Last week I had 18 butterflies in the garden Large whites small whites gatekeeper painted lady,  peacock, tortoise shell and comma. Since then the red admiral has put in an appearance I even saw a sliver studded blue female which I almost mistook for a gatekeeper till I got my glasses out, I count between eight and ten per day at the moment so I count myself lucky.

Honeysuckle not flowering

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:32

Leave it till spring Bille-jean, it flowers on new growth so leave till then.

problematic

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:28

Jonathan, do the following, pick off all the affected leaves and any left on the ground and any detritus around the rose. If this means stripping the rose of foliage do it. Spray the whole rose, including flowers with fungicide and the ground around the rose. Feed the rose and mulch heavily with compost or well rotted farmyard manure, then water well.

Even if the rose looks bare which it will don't worry as new growth will appear within a few weeks. It works and I have given this advice frequently on this forum more times than I care to mention. It does work so don't worry about it looking bare.

If infection is present on any new growth do it again.

It's been a bad year for black spot as we had little or no frost last winter to kill the spores.

I don't know if you refreshed the soil when you planted the new rose, but the addition of mychorizal fungi to the planting hole would have helped. Some recommend planting inside a cardboard box with fresh soil inside, but I find the fungi do the job equally as well along with plenty of organic matter added. If you didn't I'd replant it in November using the above to give it the best chance for next year.

Next year spray with fungicide as soon as the first new growth appears to keep on top of any possible infection.

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:40

Need a picture davey, click on the green tree icon on the toolbar to post a picture. It doesn't work from mobiles though.

help! patio issue

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:34

Your mix is 3 to 1, if you put too much of either in it won't be workable and you'll get cracking and an unstable base. Just add a little less water to the mix, you don't want it sloppy.

help! patio issue

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:25

You can use it, it will be a bit softer than a sharp sand mix, so don't add quite so much water when mixed, leave it a bit stiff, or your slabs will sink.

**CHERRY TREE DISEASE?**

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:25

Have a look at the link to the rhs below, does this fit the bill?

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?PID=567

Plant ID Confirmation

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:22

It is Gallardia, I have some this year, pretty but not visited by many insects, so it may go in the autumn.

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 13:14

I put it all in and have never had a problem even shiny paper will compost down when left. Anything that's left goes back into the bin after emptying, mind you I have 3 bins one at the allotment, two in the garden and I'm building another one at the allotment. I get grass clippings and browns from several neighbours and customers. A bit of a luxury really, but it all rots down.

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