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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Damage to Hellebore and Laurel

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:07

I would remove the old leaves at their base - they always look a bit battered by the end of the winter and detract from the flowers.  I remove them just as the new flower buds are showing in the late winter early spring.

The Ajuga and Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' that is growing around the hellebore is providing the perfect hiding place for slugs and snails.  I would clear an area around the base of the hellebore, give it a feed with some Fish Blood and Bone according to the instructions on the pack, and then mulch with some organic material - garden compost or leaf mould would be best.  

Keep the base of the plant clear of other plants and my bet is that the snail damage will reduce.

Hope that helps. 


droopy conifer branches

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:00

Louise, could we see some pictures of your conifer please?

To post a pic on here you click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructons.

Afraid it doesn't work on a phone - yet 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:58

It's the leaves at the base of the plant we need to see 

Clematis ??? Help

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:47

Looking forward to seeing this beauty 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:46

Can we see the leaves please 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:45

Ceanothus cuttings are reputedly difficult to root, but now's the time to try 

As they're supposed to be difficult, try taking quite a few 

Marigolds looking... well weird

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:42

Those look like lovely French Marigolds to me Sweetpea 

The big flowered ones are African Marigolds. Is this what you were expecting? 

Moving raspberry canes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:35

Put lemon balm leaves into a jug and pour boiling water over - strain, allow to cool a little and drink - very calming - just what you need after battling in the garden 

Couch grass gone mad

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:32

But if you're using a glyphosate weedkiller (which is the sort Hostafan advises and I agree with him) then you must leave the couchgrass to die and go brown before you dig it up.  In this way the chemical travels back through the plant to the roots and kills them too.  If you dig it up too soon any little bit of root left behind will regrow.

It may take a few weeks, but it's the only way that it'll work properly.

Good luck 

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:25

We got rid of bindweed following a similar technique to Lilydotwin - the key is to be  methodical and patient 

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