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Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:11

Well, where are all the gardeners?  Still a'bed or out watering?  I'm off to work - have a good day folks - see you later 

Dead ceanothus

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:01

Hi Evilnanny - has it been watered at all since the dry weather started?  Flowering shrubs use quite a lot of water.  Although ceanothus don't like to be waterlogged, if you've not had one of the downpours over the past few days I'd give it a good soaking for half an hour with a hosepipe. 

As for poison ivy - not sure what you mean - do you mean British native ivy (Hedera helix) or one of the ornamental cultivars?  

The plant that Americans call Poison Ivy doesn't usually grow in the UK.  

If you mean Hedera helix 

then if that's covering the ground at the base of the ceanothus it will be depriving it of moisture and keeping the rain off so I'd remove it from around the base of the shrub. 

However, be aware that ceanothus can be a short-lived shrub and will sometimes just turn up its toes 

Do bulbs have a use by date?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 06:38

Primula vialli aren't bulbs - they're perennials and need planting now in damp soil, semi-shaded position - they might just survive.  

As for the others, I would plant them all now.  I really don't think you've anything to gain by leaving any until next spring - my bet would be that they would rot if not planted.


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 06:21

Good morning all    It's a dry and still morning out there - I've just chased a cat off the terrace .  The wire for protecting my seedlings arrived yesterday - at the weekend I'll make some little wire cloche things.  Wonder where my wire snippers have got to .......  anyone seen them? 

yew tree covered in grey mould

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 06:14

Agree with Nutcutlet - that's lichen - nothing to worry about - in fact it's an indicator of good air quality.

As for the brown leaves - has there been a change in the drainage around the trees - yew hates waterlogged soil and the weather last year was very wet indeed - did a drainage ditch get blocked, or was the soil waterlogged for a period of time?  

watering fruit trees question

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:00

Not only do they need ericaceous compost, they should not be watered with water containing calcium - in the UK a lot of tap water is high in calcium.  I have no idea if water in Israel contains calcium, but you can do a test with litmus paper. 

Watering citrus plants with hard water (containing calcium) can cause browning of the leaves.

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 21:51

Don't panic - the black bits are probably weeds - they will die off - the fertiliser will help the grass to grow and spread and replace the weeds - as others have said give it plenty of water and try not to worry - it'll be fine in a month or two 

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 21:48

Hello everyone - and welcome - I've been away for the weekend and am recovering  so have been unaccustomly quiet  Choosing names is such fun - as long as you don't go for George Alexander Louis 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 21:38

Hello folks - a very tired person here - exhausted from excitement at seeing Touchwood aquilegias at the weekend, staying up late partying, listening to amazing guitarist, getting home late last night and having to go to work this morning - think I'm going to be tired all week 


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 07:09

Hello folks - I'm back from my weekend on The Gower with my son and cousins.  Guess what - I'm a lucky person - I had a personal guided tour of the gardens at Touchwood - it turns out that my cousins are friendly with Carrie Thomas's neighbour and therefore know her a bit and when I discovered that Touchwood was just up the road from their house well .............  I have come back with four acquilegias and a roscoea - I'm a very happy bunny   Where am I going to put them? 

I'll read back and see what you've all been up to when I get back from work this evening - sorry to hear that some of you've had a bit too much rain - we seem to have had hardly any here and S Wales was idyllic in the sunshine.  The Undergardener has done very well in my absence, we have runner beans, the toms are fine, courgettes are romping away and seedlings are up 

Have a good day folks 

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