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Kew Gardens visit, July 2017

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 11:16

Some really fantastic photos .... I almost feel as if I was there with you after all 

Thank you everyone.  

What deficiency is this?

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 09:42
Mike Allen says:

..... some preventive measures might be applied.  In some instances the removal of affected leaves, and perhaps the cutting away of infected wood or stem.

Going back to the forum post.  It can clearly be seen that the whole plant is a victim.  Look at the leaves.  No way can these leaves be rejuvinated.  One might go as far as saying,  These leaves are symbols of living death.  ......

 There seems to be a confusion of the issue here ... we're not talking about infection ... we're talking about a nutritional imbalance.  

"...These leaves are symbols of living death.  ......"  a ridiculous oxymoron ...  they're not symbolic of anything ... they're a symptom of ill-health.   Very different.  

The affected leaves may not be 'cureable' but if the nutritional imbalance is corrected in time future growth can be healthy.  

This is not the same as 'feeding a sick plant' which is sometimes likened to giving a sick patient a rich meal ... it's more like making sure the patient has the correct nutrition for his bodily functions to operate healthily.  

"Scientifically qualified" people at the RHS give this advice 

Last edited: 14 July 2017 09:49:27

Tree rose

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 09:26

I can't see anything that looks like 'rust' but it doesn't look totally healthy ... it's a bit congested which would make it susceptible to fungal infections, especially in warm dampness ... do you know which variety it is?  Some are more prone to such things than others ... 

Where can I find up to date information on homesteading?

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 07:49

I may be wrong but I suspect that the original post is an attempt at getting free advertising by an online business called ihomesteading or at the very least some research for a projected business. 

Last edited: 14 July 2017 07:52:00

Black fly on Clematis

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 07:44

Oh, and as for the ants, keep the soil moist ... Good for the clematis  and ants prefer dry soil. 

Black fly on Clematis

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 07:42

A well aimed jet of water from the hosepipe will do the trick without killing off predatory insects who will also help get rid of them.

For the future hang bird feeders near your clematis to attract the tit families ... they hoover up the aphids on our climbers. 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 07:16

P. S.  I get the sense that you're blossoming too! 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 07:13

DD that is beautiful - what a lovely place you've created ... So happy for you ... huge congratulations to you and Charlie.  And lovely to hear about Tsitsi blossoming ... That's real gardening! 

Have another lovely day 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 07:06

Glad Chicklet has touched down safely ... Don't envy you your Heathrow relay 

The 'lovely early morning' we had is now very wet ... But the weather lady says it'll be gone in a couple of hours. Hope so ... Latitude starts today ... Son has been setting up there for the past few days and he'll be doing the sound for some of the acts. Good weather would be helpful 

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Posted: 14/07/2017 at 06:33

Blossom on an apple tree at this time of year is not good news ... It indicates a plant under extreme stress.

It sounds to me as if that tree has been so thirsty it thinks it is dying and it is desperately trying to reproduce itself before that happens.

The fact that ants have been nesting in the pot indicates that the compost was much too dry - ants don't choose damp regularly watered pots to nest in. 

Aphids may cause damage but they won't kill a healthy tree  ... drought will 

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