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Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 12:13

Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

Kate, you can take some cuttings and put them somewhere cool (but not freezing). By May they should be nicely developed plants and weather provided, flower in July. I sowed them in February and they were good plants. They do need a lot of light when growing and it's hard work keeping them from smothering each another.

Sorry Geoff, along with the laptop my brother also took our very very very tall step ladder so I wasn't able to see the other side of our country. Did you like Holland?

I don't do shorts for the same reason FloBear. In my previous job there were too many nasty critters that loved me and besides that, I can't expose too much flesh to the sunlight anyway because of the risk of skin cancer.                                           

I love raspberries!!

 

name of flowering plant

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:20

Could it be Nicandra physalodes I wonder? Aka shoo-fly-plant.

What fertilizer to use

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:12

David, when was the Oak Tree planted;  did you prepare the soil and how; have you been watering it during dry spells?  We also need some clear photos of the situation.                                                                                                                     

I agree that in an established wood young trees will have a lot of difficulty trying to staying alive. Young Oak Trees are also known for being quite difficult to grow. They don't like considerable water fluctations and they are prone to a number of diseases. 

Using fertilizer now isn't a good idea because plants are going into Autumn-mode and it will be washed out by rain when the tree needs it next Spring. Also do not water too much as the leaves aren't there anymore to evaporate and the rootsystem might suffer a lack of oxygen. The advice that was given about fertilizing and mulching next Spring is good; do bare in mind that fertilizer and mulch should not come into contact with the stem of the tree, please. 

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:17

It certainly sounds like it's Fuchsia Rust. But a photo would make things a lot clearer for us. You can always check if the RHS has some information on it's website or Google for pictures.  

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 09:57

Morning all,  it's been quite a while since I have posted due to a major crash of my laptop.  So I had to wait till my brother had fixed it but as of yesterday evening I'm in full controll again, yay.     What seems a bit strange is that this message keeps coming up telling me the software I'm using is not legitimate.....but I still can use it.. 

In the meanwhile we managed to clear part of the garden of weeds, only a few perennial weeds left which seem to like our soil very much. Only two-thirds to go now. And because I still didn't manage to find a new job I've got loads of time on my hand to tackle Creeping Buttercups, Nettles and Thistles. I am planning to try some cardboard layers with compost in between to suppress the other weeds.

Lovely Cobea Pam. I tried them too and I found that they needed a lot of sunshine and watering as well. The first year, nothing. Second year loads of beautiful flowers.I grew purple/white ones. I'm no good at watering plants in containers so now the containers are getting bigger and bigger. At least that way it takes them longer to dry out.

Kate, why are you preparing for the winter already -planting season just started.

Green wall design for shady spot

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 09:06

I have taken an interest in vertical gardening lately and I think this might also be an idea you could use, at least for some part(s) of the wall. If you follow the link you'll see what I mean  http://www.instructables.com/Vertical-Garden-1/                              

Maybe it would be a nice idea to have 3 of these devided evenly against the wall and fill the parts that are left with ivy that would be growing from the top or from the bottom in the planters you would like to see.  

 

EDIT: The link won't show you the instruction right away but if you look for 'Vertical Garden by Floddertje' you've got the right one. Sorry 

Holes in Rose Leaves

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:49

Hmm, I tried the link myself and it doesn't work. Well, in that case google sactorose and you'll find a link to rose pests and diseases. You'll find the article there. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Holes in Rose Leaves

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:42

It is  most probably caused by Roseslugs which are larvae of Rose Sawflies. I found this for you:  http://www.sactorose.org/ipm/84rosesawflies.htm

They also explain how to get rid of these blighters. Hopefully that will do the trick. 

Plant identification

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 19:28

I think it's Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchard's Variety'. There have been some new introductions so I'm not totally sure but still 95%.

Fork Handles

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:20

Or.... is she getting married and this was an excercise for her hen party? 

You're welcome Kate.

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