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Black Spot

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 16:39

Thank you Buddyboy. My concern about the watering comes from the fact that my attempt at daffodils failed dismally due to the rainfall on top of the fact that it is a north facing garden and heavy clay soil. Even the squirrels did not like my daffodils and took one bite and threw them aside..

I water every third day because I read it somewhere and it all looks reasonable so far.

I do find my roses a problem as they seem to be the prima donnas of the garden wanting so much attention or they go mouldy and spotty. I have now got 3 Kew and they are brilliant and prolific.

Black Spot

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 15:46

actually, rosemummy, I was wondering if it is a serious suggestion or someone being a bit silly. I know so little about gardening I would not know the difference and I am hoping someone on this forum does.


I had some black things growing on nasturtiums and I got rid of those with little jets of water so I was looking for an equally plant friendly answer to those black spots on my rose.

Black Spot

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 18:19

I looked for organic remedies to the black spot problem and came across

1part milk to 8 parts water

ditto but with vinegar

ditto with baking powder.

ditto all 3 mixed in.

It does occur to me that if these organic remedies are good then it would not keep saying to repeat the spraying!!!

Has anyone tried these methods?

Also what does "water stressed" mean? To much water or too little!

what to do about offers that dont offer

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 08:27

I still have not received the secateurs that were part of the subscription offer.

Maybe by posting this they might magically appear tomorrow.

what to do about offers that dont offer

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 19:48

The plants arrived today!!! They were posted on Tuesday and I put my moan on this forum yesterday.

Also yesterday my first issue of the magazine on subscription arrived.

I feel sure telepathy is involved here somewhere.

The secateurs have not arrived yet but I am now sure they will come tomorrow.

Incidentally the plants all look quite perky and are all potted.

Thank you.

what to do about offers that dont offer

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 14:58

Thanks for the quick responses.

I cant help thinking that the speed at which people have responded reflects shabbiness on the part of who ever arranges these offers.

I think this is a bit mean as people like me who are new to gardening are getting taken for granted.

But I will also say that this forum is great thanks to gardeners! I search for answers to my problems and if I cannot find an answer I post my problem and then get loads of helpful responses. Great!

what to do about offers that dont offer

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:02

Earlier this year I saw an offer of plugs in my GW magazine and I sent off for these immediately. Nothing!

I also decided to try a subscription to GW and took up an offer of a free pair of secateurs. Nothing!


Can anyone tell me how to deal with this please.

Hypericum and ants

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:05

Thanks for your advice nutcutlet however I am still puzzled about why this attack on the plant takes place on such a very specific part i.e. the seed pod.

Hypericum and ants

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 17:23

I had 2 hypericums planted next to each other last year. They are doing very nicely in heavy clay soil up against the fence to the east of my tiny town garden.

Today I noticed that some of the flowers that have gone a bit to seed are swarming with ants. They appear to have aimed for the dying flowers.

Is this a problem and if it is how can I deal with it.

Hungry roses?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:44

I had Strulch put down. I presume it is the same sort of stuff. It stinks to high heaven so it must be good. I am now off to "tomato" my roses!

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what to do about offers that dont offer

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plug making gadget

where can I get one 
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saving condensate water

Water Butt use 
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Mulch or fleece for the winter

how to keep plants warm in winter 
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can I turn a climbing rose into a bush?

ffairly new to gardening 
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Can daffodils drown?

No daffodils have sprung up 
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Can daffodils drown?

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