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What is this please

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:18

Hmm, that's what I thought you might say - I've a feeling these pale growths are the leaves of something, with little or no chlorophyll to  make them green - there does appear to be a little green in the centre of the leaves.  

What have you growing nearby?

And has anyone used any weedkiller nearby in the past few years?

What is destroying my young plants.

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:11

Are they too wet?  Echinacea like well-drained almost gritty soil - what you're describing sounds as if they're rotting 

By the way, welcome to the forum - hope it's not all disaster, doom and gloom 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:09

Still overcast and quite pleasant out here in Norfolk.  Just had lunch (yesterday's leftover Salade Nicoise with a bit of salami on the side).  The Undergardener took pity on my and finished digging over the bit of veg patch where the broad beans were, and after lunch he's going to take all the compost out of one bin and spread it over where he's just dug, then turn the contents of the other bin into the empty one.  Proper gardening  just like Percy Thrower! 

I've been cutting back/dead-heading etc. on the Shady Bank, and I've chopped all the chives that border the herb bed right back to just above ground level.  I'll put the sprinkler on them for 20 minutes this evening, and they'll all shoot again.  They're nice big clumps so in the spring I'll divide them and then they'll completely edge the entire bed like a little hedge 

Isn't it odd how as we get older our centre of gravity changes and we tip over more easily   I remember reading somewhere that people of "a certain age" should spend some time every day standing on one leg, to improve their balance - will someone please remind me to do it? 

Plant identification

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:01


The bees will love those flowers.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 10:54

There are quite a few 'dwarf conifers' available - you can find some here but you should remember that these will be slow-growing, so if you are thinking of using them as a hedge or screen, they will take a long time to get to any height at all. 

What is this please

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 10:48

Can we have a pic of the leaves please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 10:47

In the past I've used  Ecover washing up liquid mixed into a solution about 1:15 with water and sprayed onto the aphids using those little 1 pint hand sprayers - it worked on aphids on roses, doing it about once aweek for a few weeks.  It  won't  affect the eating quality of the fruit. 

Welcome to the Forum and good luck with your gardening!


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 08:33

Good morning Verdun   Yes, a little rain would be fine - but if you've taken over Magic Wand duties, can you leave the rain until after I've finished in the garden today please - today is the only day I'll have to do any proper work in the garden for the next two weeks!!! My social life is picking up 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 08:06

My courgettes are still only producing male flowers.  Even in the rotten summer we had last year we were eating courgettes by now - last year I grew Parador F1 .  This year I couldn't find the seed at the GC so bought Soleil F1 but so far not a patch on Parador.  I shall be seeking out Parador early for next year.

Peony roses pruning

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:45

Do the pods look like these 

Do the leaves look like these 

Do the flowers look  like any of these 

If so these are peonies, not roses.  If you don't want to propagate from seed, then cut the seedheads off and leave the plants alone - they hate being messed about with and flower best with benign neglect. 

However, peonies only flower once a year, but are glorious when they do 

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