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Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:59

I'm going to plant out some of the aquilegias I bought from Touchwood last year - I've been nurturing them carefully in their pots since importing them into England 

but now I have a space ready for them in the new front border 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:54

Think you must've had our share too Lily   hazy sunshine here now - no sign of rain ............ line full of washing too 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:43

Yes, take off the swelling seedpods - I snap them off but you can cut them.  Leave the leaves to die down and feed the bulb.  Give a sprinkling of Fish Blood & Bone or similar and a good watering if we don't get some heavy rain. 

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:42
Verdun wrote (see)

Mike, Mike Mike.  Clearly you are loved here.  Polite, knowledgeable and apparently kind.  

.... Funnily enough I once posted a similar thread...same title if I recall correctly.......

Have great day Mike.  Keep posting 


I remember it well Verdun  it seems we managed to persuade you to keep posting 

Walnut tree and climbing rose

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:23

I'm aware that walnut trees give off a toxin into the soil which prevents some plants from growing nearby - I've done some googling and this link has some interesting information and suggests that Hybrid Musk roses will grow successfully in this situation 

Good luck   I'd be very interested in how you get on.  

Bolting rubarb

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:19

Good morning Loz   Well, you have your answer as to why it's bolted 

I don't pick stalks in the first year after planting, and I wouldn't pick any after moving a plant either - but we live and we learn and that's what gardening's about.  

I'd cut or pull and twist the flowering stem right away from the base of the plant and put it on the compost heap.  It's a shame because they are so beautiful, I would love to draw it, but we have to be practical! 

Your rhubarb felt threatened and thought it might die because its growing conditions have been stressful, so that's why it's trying to  reproduce before it pops its clogs.  You need to convince it that it's got many happy years ahead of it, so to be honest, after your explanation of what it had to put up with last year I wouldn't take any stems this year - treat it as Obelixx has said - you'll reap the rewards next year. 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:10

Hi blackest - good to see you 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:47

Hi Akka and welcome 

What sort of hedge was it?  Some will grow again from roots left behind, some won't.

Bolting rubarb

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:44

If the plant has tried to run to seed it will have used up a lot of energy from the crown, so I would reduce how much you take and don't take any stalks after the end of June.  This will enable the crown to build up strength for next year.

Rhubarb crowns sometimes bolt because they were stressed in the previous year, either by drought or over cropping. 

If you give it a bit of tlc as Obelix has advised it'll be fine again for next year. 

Spinach pest or disease

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:47

I think we may see early infestations of aphids of all types after such a mild winter - it could possibly be woolly aphid, although not the usual type of plant to get this.  I would pick off the affected leaves  and this should prevent the problem spreading.

If it's only a mild infestation I wouldn't worry about cooking them either - you can soak them in salted water to kill off the aphids and the leaves will be fine to use then. 

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