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Rose Disease What is it?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 11:40

To me this looks like a case of mildew, caused by damp weather.

Acer Griseum problem

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 15:33

Hi Paul,

Acer griseum loves it's soil to be slightly acidic, well-drained and with lots of humus. Many clay soils are too alkaline and very compacted so that could become a problem. Maybe a photo can enlighten us?


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Posted: 20/06/2012 at 06:12

Morning all,

Looking grey still, but hopefully it'll be a nice day. It's going to be warm enough though. We have been promised 25C today.

Off to work in a few minutes, yay!!

Hydrangea macrophylla

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 06:09

Í think the leaves have been battered by wind, rain and cold weather in general. To me this doesn't look like a shortage of potassium.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:45

@ Geoff, yes you will be passing it.....but only by boat as we're on the other side in the province of Limburg. I do have a very tall step ladder so I 'll try my best that day. You might run into my cousins though, they both have been living there since their studies at the University of Amsterdam.

@ Kate, no I wouldn't want to wear a hat either as they give me headaches, so no Ascot for me then.

OK, dinner time.  

Help with poorly pear tree please!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:37

I agree with Alina, could be pear rust. IMO this could also be caused by the Pear Leaf Blister Mite so I think that a photo could enlighten us all, if that 's possible.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:20

@ Kate, Oooow that 's a relief, now I only need to find my hat..... should I ask Alice?

@ Geoff, now that is Spain for you. Garden centers overthere are famous for their dresses    BTW, aren't you coming to Holland soon? If you can do visit the Floriade but make sure the weather is nice otherwise it can be very dissappointing.     

Staking a Tree

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:10

Most trees only need staking for a year or two. With a Birch tree I would try to keep it there as long as possible as Birch's have a very shallow root system. Do check the tie regularly as these are fast growing trees and re-new when it becomes to tight.  

The tree will not straighten itself so if you want yours to be straight you'll need to tie it to the current stake, or elongate the stake and then tie the tree to it.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:57

Hi Inka, glad to meet you on this thread again. How's life in your beautiful corner of the world? Hope the sun comes shining through for you. I find that grey mornings - unless it's raining - are often followed by sunny afternoons.

I love Amaranthus', especially in a large bouquet  with (wild) summer flowers and grasses. 

@ Kate, isn't that the normal time for stembeans to flower? I would think that the leaves have to do with the weather off late and the beans are doing their usual thing. 

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:40

No footy, I do not like it at all, never have. As a child I had to watch it every Sunday when we went to my Grandparents so now I see as little footy as I can. We did get some of these orange firework-things and had planned to use them when the Dutch team lost but we both fell asleep so couldn't annoy the neighbours.

Mmm, a dress.....to be honest, I never wear one so it 'll probably something with linnen trousers.

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