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Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:53

That looks more like a buttercup to me I'm afraid 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:17

Myxomatosis was introduced into the UK in the early 1950s - as a small child in very rural Bedfordshire I remember our Postlady carrying a mallet in her bicycle basket in order to 'despatch' the myxie rabbits she came across on her delivery round. 

Malicious Weedkiller damage to clematis

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:12

Oh dear - is it worth seeking legal advice or will that just make matters worse? 

As for the damage, it depends a great deal on the weedkiller used. If it was a systemic one and it was applied a fortnight ago it's likely to have spread to the roots by now.

Can you post a picture on here of the damage and the whole clematis and we'll see if anyone comes up with any ideas.  



Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:03

Good morning Verdun - 

Verdun wrote (see)

Hi............. Nice few lemons on my lemon tree......tasty too.  

I'll bring my gin 

I'm going to sow some wax beans Buerre de Roquencourt this week - then I'll direct sow the runners a bit later. 

I've been sitting here this morning trying to think of a reason not to get a Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' for the front garden, and I haven't been able to think of a single one ........ and what is more, now OH is awake, he says he likes the look of them ..... oh dear, I suppose we'll have to get one 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 06:52

We'll wait to hear from you Mike .............. when you're ready 

help with azalea

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 06:50

Hi, I think we're the only ones up at the moment Mark  

I don't grow ericaceous plants in this garden, although I've grown a few in the past, but my first thought is, have you done a ph test of your soil?  

Although you say you've planted the azalea in ericaceous soil, if the soil surrounding it is alkaline and contains chalk the alkalinity will leach into the ericaceous soil which will not suit the azalea.  I would grow it in a large container and be sure to water only with rainwater.  

In my experience some rhododendrons are more tolerant of a degree of alkalinity. 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 06:39

Good morning all   Just been reading back and catching up with everyone - some Forkers visiting other gardens, some acquiring more plants,  some visiting supermarkets, and some staying up late and visiting Boybands!!!  I stayed in and fell asleep on the sofa 

Today it's overcast but dry (so far).  The plan is, after Dippy Egg and Toastie Soldiers we'll go to the Farm Shop where Bhaji Man is giving a demonstration - then we're going to an ancient woodland to walk amongst bluebells -  the Met Office forecast says

"..........After a rather cloudy start, some bright or sunny intervals will develop during the day. However, rain or showers in the south at first will develop elsewhere by mid afternoon, and may be heavy and thundery in places. Maximum Temperature 15 °C."  

Hopefully we'll time it right for the sunny intervals 

Moss - Do I dig it in?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 06:18

Simply scraping if off the top of the soil is not removing the reason why moss is developing there.  As I explained 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Hoe then mulch with home-made compost/leaf mould - moss usually grows on impoverished and unaerated soil - so mulching will get the worms active and they'll aerate the soil and the mulch will also feed the soil. 

This will help prevent the moss recurring. 

Allium Problem

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:21

This article 

says that it's perfectly normal for the leaf tips of alliums to go brown and that it doesn't indicate a problem.

Courgettes wilting

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:11

Similar technique here - I sow one seed in each peat fibre pot then when they need potting on and planting out they don't even come out of the pot - the pot is thoroughly soaked and then the whole thing is planted.   Saves root disturbance. 

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