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Honeysuckle dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:06

Hi Emily - it has honeysuckle powdery mildew.  It attacks honeysuckles which are struggling a bit, usually because it's got too dry and warm at the roots.  They need moist and cool roots.

Give it a feed with Fish Blood & Bone (as directed on the pack) and give it a good watering.  Then mulch with garden compost or well-rotted manure (don't let the manure touch the stems).  If the area around the honeysuckle roots gets direct sun at any time find a way to shade it.  

All that will give the honeysuckle the strength to outgrow the condition.

My new honeysuckle has done exactly the same and lost all its leaves due to mildew because the garden centre had allowed the pot to dry out (that's how I got it cheap).  However, I've treated it as above, and it is now putting on healthy new growth. 

ID if poss please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:54

Looks like my Japanese Anemones at the moment. 

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:53

Even my newly planted bergenia in another bed is about a foot wide - I think those lovely big shiny leaves would get trashed by the wheelie bins.

how to make a nice tea without warming the plot

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:51

I think I've got a chill - bedroom window wide open last night and summer duvet on 

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:40

Geranium mac. is sounding more and more the likely choice 

how to make a nice tea without warming the plot

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:39

But I prefer coffee Alan ........ no rain here ....... yet, but it's a mite chilly 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:41

Oooh poor little beetles - they're our friends - they eat slugs, leatherjackets, cutworms and all sorts of nasties.

Best idea is to have the slug pubs protruding out of the soil by an inch - the slugs will still get in there - we know how determined they can be - but the beetles will run along, bump their heads on the side of the pub and veer off in another direction 

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:47

It's the six inches wide that's the problem - I'm afraid that hostas would get damaged by the passing wheelie bins


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:46

Glad you had a lovely holiday Stacey 

Everyone seems to be fairly ok but will improve if the weather does - have I got it about right?

Busy day here .................. 

Help please with quick growing plants for school fete

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:43

Dwarf french beans, two to a pot, planted in those little fibre pots that can be planted direct into the soil - they should germinate fairly quickly and should be cropping in 10-12 weeks from germination. 

Pak choi is a quick germinator too. 

Little Gem lettuce.

Pots of mustard and cress.

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