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Lavender turning black

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:28

I think this is Fusarium wilt and that it is caused by two things: too much moisture and bad drainage.It is a common soil fungus. What you can do is re-plant in a dryer spot or you could lift them, dig the holes a bit deeper, add a layer of grit (and some soil on top ) and re-plant.

Either way you cut the Lavender back to healthy growth and remove all the clippings.  Remember to disinfect your secateurs.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:48

Geoff, as your business is picking up, do you have a job for a girl that knows her business?     

Lavender turning black

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:55

Are they turning black from the top or from groundlevel?

Frost damage or drought?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:17

At first sight this seems to be frost damage or wind damage. This might have happened during the cold spell in February. However, we have had some dry periods after that so at root level it could be too dry. In that case it could do with watering.

How are the new leaves developing? Are they glossy and firm? It seems to me that I can see some new growth, which looks healthy, but with the dark foliage it is hard to tell.

Double planting

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:22

Hi Yvie,

No, roses is not a good idea as you need to be able to lift the baskets so the tulips' foliage can die off. I'm also not sure on the lilies but that might work if everything is planted in the same basket. You will need very deep baskets though. Bear in mind that lilies form big clumps over time so you need to check the baskets regularly.

Personally I 'd be inclined to just lift the tulips and re-plant with annuals or Summer-bulbs. Or maybe Dahlias.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 12:59

Sounds like a well deserved break Kate. No gardening here today as OH is dismantling a chimney and everything is full of smaller and larger pieces of brick.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:15

Geoff, I did but don't get too exited. It's an image that I uploaded from the internet. I'm still not able to upload pictures from my camera.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:41

 That's a nice picture of the girls, Geoff. All is well I hope?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:17

Phew, glad to see some familiar faces! KG, I totally agree with you about the smilies, they are frightening.

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