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Wildflower ID?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 23:12

Hi Nut 

Wildflower ID?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 21:46

I'm with Nut on this 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:45

Sounds good to me Joe 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:15

It looks like you and I are up before the committee Victoria 

Joe the gardener - giving lectures regarding tools and their correct employment to me is similar to selling ice to Eskimos. Having spent a good few years as a qualified bricklayer before becoming a carer for Mrs F, I know a good tool when I see one and know very well how to use them.

I'm also well aware you get what you pay for. I used the same leather handled bricklaying trowel for many years, often using it to cut bricks in half which is technically 'abusing' it because you should use a brick hammer for that. And still it lasted. Fast forward to the present and a Spear and Jackson mid-range gardening trowel snaps where handle joins blade after less than three months. 

Was I abusing the gardening trowel? Well if digging small holes in soil counts as abuse, I'm guilty as charged. I wasn't trying to dig through 6" of concrete, nor was I belting said trowel with a 14lb sledgehammer. Likewise a S&J ash handled garden fork snapped in June after less than one hour of digging, yet my old digging shovel (all metal) keeps going and going despite my constant abuse 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:52

Just to dig up this old thread, I'm having the same problem Victoria and it's nothing to do with the user abusing these tools. I'm 6ft 3" and strong as an Ox, but a Spear and Jackson stainless steel trowel snapped on me today while planting tulip bulbs. Likewise a stainless steel fork complete with ash handle lasted a full hour before snapping where the wood meets steel on the handle.

At the same time I have an all metal digging shovel I've had for years that can deal with anything I care to throw at it. 'A bad workman blaming his tools' cannot always be applied when tools are manufactured to substandard. 

Clematis Wilt

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 19:55

Crikey, talk about a frosty response. Richard, if you read my post you will see I planted the clematis according to the correct procedures. Yes it was planted with the root ball a good five inches below ground level. This root ball was surrounded with well rotted garden compost and watered liberally at the time of planting and at regular intervals since. Oh and garden compost was applied on the surface too. The base of the plant has been in shade. The plant was bought with a woody main stem and light foliage which was soon removed after planting by slugs.

I employed beer traps around the plant for the bulk of the summer. They caught a lot of slugs and snails. So...if negligence is the culprit rather than clematis wilt, I can see I will have to mount a 24 hour watch in order to ensure survival? Why 'not' clematis wilt?

Clematis Wilt

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 20:30

I'm very late to this conversation but have what I believe is clematis wilt. After planting in May with the textbook technique, I have kept the roots damp and followed all the rules. About 2 weeks ago the 'twig' sprouted green leaves and had reached the lowest cross bar on the obelisk. Yesterday it was all limp with a dark discolouration of the leaf edges.

I've since googled wilt and the clematis in question, 'madam le coultre' is one of a group that is particularly vulnerable. I've cut it right to ground level but it's all very discouraging. Perhaps make do with the bindweed?

Sweet Rocket

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 19:38

OK thanks folks. These I have are plants I believe you sent me last year Hollie, they flowered beautifully around June   So treat them as you would aquilegias say?

Sweet Rocket

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 17:03

Is this plant a biennial or perennial? I thought it was a biennial and was trying to collect seed from it but noticed fresh leaf growth at the base. Will it grow again next spring? 

Ferric phosphate slug pellets

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 13:55

Rosalind - I used them once and in the days that followed our border terrier was off colour and saw his paw prints around the area in question. The fact that slugs and snails die after consumption of these pellets negates any claim they are wildlife friendly in my view. I believe the reality is that yes, they are safer than the old metaldehyde pellets but totally safe? No. I won't be using them again.

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