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Containers of tulips

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 17:26

Put them into another pot of gritty compost and let them die down naturally. A liquid feed  is all they need as the foliage dies down. The bulb will do the rest. Just keep them somewhere sheltered for next year where they won't get dried out completely, or waterlogged. 

They tend to last only a few years and diminsh gradually , unless it's the species types you have, which are different.

Honeysuckle mildew problem

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 12:48

Too dry for it probably. Sounds exactly like mildew. They need a lot of moisture at the roots. If it's in a container, it'll never thrive properly. They need to be in the ground. They're edge of woodland plants, so they need some shade at the bottom and will then look for a bit of ligth as they grow. 

Vine weevil are an issue in pots, so that's probably what was eating your first one. The grubs eat the roots and do all the damage -  the adults just eat notches round the edges of the foliage.

What climber?

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 12:40

How big is the oak tree? That will take a lot of moisture from the ground.

Most honeysuckles get very big given the right conditions. I don't think the conditions sound great for one anyway, but if you could post a photo of the site to give us a better idea of what you have, that will help. 

Very few climbers will look good all year round, and will require some care. A clematis may suit better if the soil's suitable and the surroundings are favourable. You can also use things like Euonymous which will grow almost anywhere, and will act like a climber if up against a support.  

Leaves on clematis

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 12:35

Most likely slugs 

Laurel Hedging Issues

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 08:08

You need to water as Dove describes. Don't spray it - let the hose soak into the soil around the plant. If you're unsure of the amount to use,  fill a watering can with the hose and pour that round each one.  If you push your finger into the soil next to the base, it should be damp, but not soaking wet. Check that the water is actually going somewhere and the plants aren't just sitting in it. 

I think they've been overplanted too - that's very close together for laurel in a single row. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 08:01

Gorgeous pix GD and Bob. I love that Anemone too. I've rescued a couple which were lost as they'd got accidentally planted in with something else. White with purple anthers - they're a bit bedraggled but will hopefully recover. 

I think you have quite a lot of the same species tulips as me Bob. Just waiting fro a few more to come through.I'm not so keen on them in the border, but  those chrysantha ones are nice for cutting. I've got some in the kitchen. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 07:56

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there - I haven't read back yet.

Only the 2nd day of the r***y election billhooks -  is this the most stupid  question of the year so far? Reporter sent to Snowdonia ('cos TM apparently decided on the election while there )

Reporter  to wumman in t-shirt - ' I hear you met her ( while running down a hill) '

Wumman - 'yes, blah,blah,blah '(random chat about the hill and the area etc)

Reporter- 'so, no mention of the election? '

Yeh - that's right, love - she asked the wumman for her thoughts about calling an election......

Really BBC? Is that the best you can come up with? Get a grip.

Anyway - been damp here and a bit grey but looks like it'll improve. Went for a short walk last night before dinner so that's more like it. 

Don't spend too much Liri 

HAve a good day everyone - whatever you're doing 

Cold Frame design

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:52

Ants like dry conditions. Give the pots a good soak a few times, and they'll most likely move on somewhere else.

Slugs are a common problem and like young, new, juicy foliage so you just have to be vigilant with picking them off or using a method which suits you.

Plants which are grown a bit harder are more able to withstand a nibble or two, but small vulnerable plants will struggle so you have to work at getting the balance.  Part of gardening unfortunately!  

What's up with my strawberries?

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:48

Sorry Charlie - but you need to sort out the conditions you're growing them in. There's a lot of moss in those pots, as well as other weeds etc. Moss indicates shade and dampness - neither of which are great for growing strawberries. 

Take those leaves off and get them in some decent soil/compost with a slow release feed and put them somewhere sunny.

At the end of winter, strawbs need a tidy up - that's when to take off dead or damaged foliage and replace spent compost to rejuvenate them for the new season.  Mine looked exactly like that a few weeks ago. They're now green and healthy with lots of new foliage - ready for the new season.

Cold Frame design

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:26

Hi T'sW. If you're sitting it on decking, it needs to be raised up off it - the smae as any container.  I'd put an internal base on it to minimise water draining onto the deck. You could use exterior ply with lots of holes drilled into it, or a few battens with chicken wire or something similar.  To be honest, it's not ideal to have it on a deck though - it should be directly on open ground.

Insects will always be in and around pots or containers. It's what they do! 

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