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How to keep Globemasters big?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 15:28

Mine are going over too Andy and I'm just down the road from you, but I am in god's country

What are these?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 12:55

Could No2 be snow in summer, Cerastium tomentosum?

Help my clem is dying!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 14:12

Deffo don't throw it away as Wintersong suggest. I would cut out any dead stems, and hopefully it will regrow from below ground. I have several Clematis is terracotta pots and they do fine, but they do need extra attention in terms of feeding and watering.

Wilting and die back can be quite common in group 2 clematis, especially newly bought ones. They can either put on too much top growth so the roots can't support them anymore, or because they aren't being treated with commercially available fungicides succumb to wilt. But generally they do recover and once they get older and more established are more robust.

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:59

From the RHS


tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:47

A few doesn't sound like a major infestation. I haven't seen any of these in years, I remember them in my parents garden and always found them really interesting. When my dad first told me they were cuckoo spit I took it literally and thought it was great that cuckoo's were spitting in our garden.

sky high plants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:41

Are you bragging or complaining Peter 

Apple tree problem - advice needed

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:03

No need for the embarrassed smiley, this is one of the reasons the forum's here for 

Don't take whole branches out, just the bits that had flowers on them (which are now dead). Although it's too early for proper summer pruning, which is done towards the back end of the summer, it won't harm the tree at all. 

spraying veg/fruit plants

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 14:33

I don't use pesticides at all, it's a personal choice we made when we started growing our own fruit and veg. I can put up with pests such as green/white fly and slugs and snails, what would the likes of ladybirds, hover flies, lacewings and song thrushes have to feed on? If they start getting out of balance (and for greenfly and white fly so far this year that is the case) a thumb and finger is all that's needed. Not many ladybirds about at the moment in our local area but the balance will soon return.

My box hedging was covered in a lot white fly, and I mean a lot, but after going over it with the hosepipe on a fast spray it seems to have eliminated them....for the time being anyway!

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