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White mold on potato plants

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 22:21

Stem rot like that is likely to mean the plant will collapse shortly. I think you will have to dig up the potatoes and use them quickly.  If the potatoes are soft or squidgy do not use them.

Plants for Wedding 2 June

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 22:08

In June, there is likely to be some cow parsley still in the hedgerows. If you stick it in wet oasis (in a plastic bag) it could be used a filler to add some frothiness.  We had round tables, and one jug on each table with the tall gladioli in. Each had four gladioli tied back to back to give an all round effect. They have to be tied in bud and take three days to then open , so we did quite a bit of practising.

I love the crates. Could you see how many square pots it will take to fill it. I am thinking maybe 2 x 4  of 4 inch square pots.  Then you can plan what to go in to give the right mix.

 I have seen some really nice displays of all one flower, cut to the same size, say all lavender or small roses, packed in.

 What I suggest is you have a trial run, and practice before the day.  Garden centres are a good source of plants at that time of year, but also remember that the supermarkets often have good cut flowers if necessary to fill the gaps.

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Posted: 06/08/2017 at 21:28

Potato blight spores stay in the soil up to five years.  I would not move tomatoes into that soil. Plant something from a different family like Kale.

 Next year grow potatoes in a different space, and try a blight resistant variety like Sarpo Mira or Sarpo axona.

White mold on potato plants

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 20:24

Have you a photo? Are we talking mildew or blight?


Posted: 06/08/2017 at 20:21

I think you have blight and blossom end rot.

raspberries on new canes

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 18:30

If it had green fruit on now it is an autumn fruiting type.  Assuming that these are  new canes that have grown this year, let them fruit, cut down to a couple of inches  in January, then feed and mulch. New canes will grow next year to fruit next Autumn.

raspberries on new canes

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:54

What variety are they.?

Some types will crop twice a year, late season on this years cane, and then again early next year on the same cane.

My Deutzia

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:36

Patience. It will probably be settling in. Expect flowers next summer.

Pink Flower ID

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:35

Epilobium hirsutum  Hairy or great willowherb.

Crocosmia 'Solfatare'

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:08

The new corms form on top of the old ones. Only use the new corms, seprate out in winter, Plant in a sunny position a few inches apart. Too much nitrogen and they make all leaves and no flowers.

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