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Honeysuckle looking poorly

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 07:55

Hi Seb

Honeysuckles really don't do well in pots.  They're woodland plants that like a cool deep root-run in the shade and their heads pushing up through the undergrowth to the sun. 

When in pots above the ground the soil and roots get warmer than if they were planted in the ground, and they are frequently drier too.  This makes them susceptible to powdery mildew which is what I suspect is affecting your honeysuckles. 

Which way does the wall face, what size pots are they in and what sort of compost?

Suggestions for box plants please.

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 20:10

I think that a different colour would have more impact - the orange of the marigolds is too similar to the red/orange of the brickwork.

What about something blue - one of the little trailing campanulas perhaps - they'd contrast nicely with the brickwork and also pick up the blue tones in the roof.

 Campanula poscharskyana

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:57

We've got a lawn like that Nut, not as large as yours but just as colourful and the bees like ours too

Shield bugs - do we like?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:06

They live and fly about and sit on my arm a lot   The mother Shield Bug 'broods' her eggs like a chicken does. 

They live on plant sap, but in this country they don't do any noticeable damage to our plants.

They're beautiful and fascinating little creatures and there are many varieties.  Enjoy


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:56

Plenty more here Verdun, if you can cope - a baker's dozen???

Small grass space requiring attention.

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:54

She need some grass seed that is especially for shady areas - available from most garden centres.


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:33

 It's ok Verdun - donuts are on their way - being loaded as we speak ...

Get ready to catch ..............


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:12

Some people seem to be having a problem with PMs - I'm on a laptop and am not having a problem - think people on ipads and tablets are the ones finding difficulties.  Someone has sent a message to Daniel but of course, it's the weekend ... Oh dear Verdun - hope you don't feel too isolated all the way down there in the southwest on your own


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 16:41
LesleyK wrote (see)

... People are gardening next door.  ..


The people behind us are 'gardening'  - giving the lawn its first cut of the year, I had to come in 'cos the sounds of blades striking flint was ear-shattering - I could actually smell that burning smell you get from sparking flints!   Now they're strimming.  It'll be quieter out there soon

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