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clematis disease ?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 18:30

I would guess drought ... we've had a dry winter/spring/early summer, and that clem is under a tree which will be taking most of the moisture, as well as shading off any rain.  A couple of buckets full of water  at least three times a week from early March throughout the growing season is my remedy.  

Help with rose please !

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 18:27


It does look like a Rosa rugosa ... usually used as a windbreak or hedging ... the blooms usually have a beautiful perfume and develop lovely hips in the autumn loved by wildlife, and the foliage is sort of 'ferny' in shape and a lovely. fresh green ... it will be a bit rampant for a 'normal' sized garden ... 


Posted: 18/07/2017 at 16:58

I'm not sure ... I did wonder ... hard to tell ... photo's a bit fuzzy and there's nothing to give a sense of scale ... 


Posted: 18/07/2017 at 16:43

You see the two creamy coloured ones on the left with the gingery heads and no legs?  They're vine weevil grubs and they've been eating the roots of your plants.

Not sure what the others are .... they look as if they've got legs so they're not vine weevils ....... there are a lot of them aren't there?  

But I'll put money on the Vine Weevils grubs being the culprits. 

Have a look here .... scroll down to see the grubs 

I use nematodes to control them ... they really work.

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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 15:24

LG ((hugs)) thank you ... I'd not looked at Birkenstocks since the days when everything they made had toe-posts which I can't stand ......... I've just had a look ...... they do some lovely sandals ..... some quite smart .... pricier than Hotter but if they actually arrive they might be worth looking at for next summer if not before.  

We're feeling very virtuous .... downstairs parquet has had a thorough waxing and buffing right through the house, everywhere has been de-cobwebbed, dusted, polished and everything is gleaming and two big bunches of sweet peas are scenting the house.  OH has also cut and edged the grass at the back .... 

Last edited: 18 July 2017 15:27:30

Tree Canopy; dry soil - what will grow?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:12

I have a similar very dry area under ash trees at the end of my garden ... we garden it in a sort of 'woodland' style ... things that seem happy there are Dryopteris ferns, Sweet Woodruff (Galium oderatum), Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver', Helleborus foetidus, Iris foetidissima, Arum italicum and Geranium phaeum.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:04

Obelixx ... I was wearing flat Reef sandals when I fell ... they have those stiff nylon? straps with no give in them ... it may well be the strap that caused my metatarsal to snap ... don't think I dare wear them again.  Can't be doing with flip-flops 'cos I can't bear the thong between my toes   I'd rather be barefoot in the garden, but then I get fallen arches and plantar fasciitis ... I mentioned at the hospital that the only thing I ever have wrong with me is ligament/tendon problems, and only since my thyroid packed up ... since then it seems I get one problem after another .... he nodded and said it might be worth looking at ... but if that is something to do with it what can be done?  I'm already on a high dose of levothyroxine.  

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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 11:38

Dacha ... forgive me .... but I did say 'if I remember correctly' ...

Well ...  Hotter rang back full of apologies ... it seems that the website is totally out of sync with their warehouse ... they don't have any left and are not making any more of the new improved version of the sandals I want .... I had a tiny strop - after all I did order them back in early May ... didn't get me the wedge sandals I want but I am getting some other wedge sandals in a similar colour, at the sale price less 10% with free delivery ... that's £22 rather than £69, so at least I won't have to go barefoot in the cobbled streets of Cornwall ... rather ordinary sandals rather than the stylish ones I wanted but I don't suppose many people will be looking at my feet ....... 

Have never 'got' James Bond ............ 'Our Man Flint' was another matter 

Last edited: 18 July 2017 11:40:02

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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 10:31

Liri ... the problem with taking my custom elsewhere is that for years I put up with uncomfortable shoes because of my wide feet .... then I found Hotter - their shoes fit and are comfortable .... nowhere else to take my custom to ..    

To cap it all this morning I've had an email from Hotter with a link to their online catalogue with an improved version of the sandals I want ... click on my size and it says they're In Stock ...  I phoned them up again and now they're even more confused than me ........   They'll ring me back ............

If I remember correctly, Dacha is a Brit married to a Russian and living in the Moscow area   I took note of him when he first posted a couple of years or so ago as my son's ex is Russian.  I had been planning a trip there with he before she became 'the ex'.  

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Should I avoid euphorbia due to toxicity?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 09:44

It may have been Ma's way of getting the garden weeded 

There was a laburnum tree at the top of the farm drive ... all the children knew that the seeds were poisonous ... our parents told us, we told other children, the big children told the little children, no one ever ate them and we all learned to recognise laburnum.  

As you say, the trick is to get children to understand the dangers without making them fearful.  

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