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Dave Morgan

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The Supernatural

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 15:33

I'm not a believer I must say, however I'll relate the story of my deceased step father. A week before his first heart attack he was sitting at home when he swears he saw a hooded figure standing in front of him, he described it as a Monk. 7 days later  the heart attack came. He survived thanks to prompt treatment. He survived for another year. Until the second appearance of the hooded figure, this time also seen by my mother. He died that night of a massive heart attack. 

Do I believe no, but each to their own.

what to do with my fushias

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 16:15

It really depends on whether they are hardy or not. If they're hardy varieties they can be planted out and will survive all but the harshest winters. If not, they need overwintering in frost free conditions and kept on the dry side till spring.

Yellow leafs

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 13:26
Could be magnesium deficiency or are the stems damaged. Treat with Epsom salts for magnesium deficiency.

Is this St Johns Wort?

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 13:23
Yes, one common name the other definitive but both the same plant.


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 13:21
Can you post a pic of the healthy plant? It looks to be laurel, a pic would help to ID the plant and we can go from there. It may be shot hole.

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:33

Nearly all of the gardens I work in are on clay. Yes it can be difficult to work, but the plants you can grow in clay outstrip the ones you can grow on very well drained soil. Hard work, but very worth the effort.

A Shropshire Lad rose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:56

You prune back to a leaf axil , a good 6 inches away from the flowered seed heads, a good feed of rose food well watered in produces the best result, an angled cut is best in the direction you want the new stems to grow.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:36

They may be too warm Wills. Are you watering from underneath? My cuttings are just misted and in a GH in shade, it's warm but with plenty of air circulation. I'd get the lid off firstly and put them in a shady GH if you have one, and mist them rather than give regular watering. Only water if they are really drying out.

When to prune/cut back

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:28

I'd agree with Verdun here, done now there will be sufficiently hardened stems and leaves to get it through all but the harshest winter. 

How do I get my standard rose back into shape?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:23

You won't stop growth CharleyD like you describe. All you can do is shape it at the pruning stage into a ball shape. If you do get straggly growth, you can prune back the longer stems to a leaf axil which stimulates a flowering shoot. You'll have to cut the longer shoots right back to within the ball, and the new flowering shoots, which are always shorter, will grow back to the edge of the ball. Some varieties are better at keeping their shape than others, so try to stick to those, they are usually the more popular ones. 

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