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Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:38

Over the last few years we have had crown galls on the acorns, leaf spangle gall on the leaves, and this year the leaves look like they have been blasted with a shot gun. From below, the leaves are peppered with holes.  It still has plenty of acorns.

Oaks are host to more insects than any other native tree. The  birds eat the insects , and a natural balance is obtained.

I would need one of those cherry picker things to even contemplate spraying the oaks. Its a total non starter.  They were growing before my great grandad was born, and have survived everything the weather has thrown at them in 150years. I expect them to survive without my interference. Dead wood was taken out by a tree surgeon 2 years ago, he reckoned that they would need nothing doing in the next 20 years.

Heather look at Oak spangle gall. It produces discs on the leaves that then fall off.

We had a bad infestation one year. The next year nothing.


Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:27

Feet up dove, and take it easy for a few days.

for a twisted ankle.. RICE


Ice(or bag of frozen peas),

Compression,(strap it up)

Elevation.(get your feet up on that sofa and give the remote control a bashing with your good hand.)

Lots of hugs.xx

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:24

Flowers of sulphur is traditionally used to dust dahlia tubers with, after drying off by cutting the tops off and laying on one side.If you google it there are plenty of suppliers on amazon. I dont use anything and  at least 90% usually survive the winter. I pot them up into fresh compost when they start growing.

I've never had any problems with tubers forming. I mix in blood fish and bonemeal at planting time and then let them get on with it. Its too late now to make any difference this year.

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 14:41

Seedling dahlias will develop tubers by now. If you gently knock them out of the pot, they will be pressing on the edges of the pot by now.

You can leave them in the ground but it depends on where you live. Here in the midlands they usually freeze and die. Last year they didn't but the slugs got them as soon as they grew in spring. I usually lift mine, and store the tubers in old compost in a frost free greenhouse.   You could store in the pots, but is essential that they do not freeze.

Dahlia Seeds

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 14:33

Dahlia seed are not ready until they have dried on the plant. If you have cut them for the house and the petals have just dropped off, the seed will not be ripe.

Leave the flower on the plant, the petals drop off and the flower becomes a  wet pointed  bud like structure.(new flower buds are round) The seeds develop and then this seed case dries.  Then you can pick the seeds for storage.

Allowing a dahlia to set seed will slow down the production of flowers. You can save the tuber for next year instead if you want it to be the same. Seeds will produce flowers different to the parent.


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:03

I guess July would be better for the waterlilies.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:40

Mine is doing exactly the same. I thought it was the squirrels at first, but I think it's due to the dry summer. We have mown up loads today. Tomorrow I expect it to be just as  bad.


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:30

Give kef the curry,I don't think my tum is up to it.


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:24

What's a chicken phial?


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:21

We're the waterlilies in flower?

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