Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 04/07/2012 at 21:16

Or could it be earwigs eating the tenderest bit of the stem?


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 21:14

Waterlogged roots can cause die-back so that's a distinct possibility. You could try giving them a good balanced feed in case they are short of some nutrient.


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:57


You can cut above a pair of leaves and then make a lower cut about halfway between the leaf joints (I think this is called a double eye leaf bud cutting) then dip the end of the stem into rooting powder or gel. Cuttings should be taken when the plant is growing well - about now, really. As weejenny says, put them in well-drained soil to root and keep the cuttings in shade but keep moist. They root well kept inside the house, too, because of the extra warmth. I usually put a plastic bag over the top and tie it to keep moisture in myself. Apparently, you can also root them in water, though I've never tried it. You take a long cutting and put the bottom 8 invhes in water, change the water every three days and it is supposed to m ake roots in about a fortnight. Think I'll try it this year, actually.

Talkback: Bindweed

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:27

Quite agree about the roundup applicator - too clumsy to be practical. I agree that bindweed is a blasted nuisance, but I keep the whole thing in proportion because in my last garden I had Japanese Knotweed and Horsetail. These were much worse pests because nothing seemed to kill them. I used to cut the knotweed a couple of inches from the ground and pour in full-strength Roundup, with limited success. Nothing worked on the Horsetail. Digging it up was a waste of time. Both were endemic in the surrounding gardens and countryside. In my present garden, I have bindweed and I imported ground elder with a plant I bought, which is frustrating, but it is a doddle compared with the two pests I've mentioned.  

That new roundup gel

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:13

Good idea re the spatula. Thanks


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:10

I have alstroemeria coming up through my tarmac drive! These are tough plants that spread quite fast, have beautiful flowers and can put up with a lot. Just my kind of plant!

Need help identifying trees

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 16:53

i have a thread called 'mystery tree' with clear photos of a goat willow (pussy willow) that came up in my garden. You could have a look at it and see if these are the same. I thin k they might be the most common tree in Britain and yours looks similar ro me. If so, they don't get huge. They do seed themselves everywhere, though.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 16:45

A great history in gardening! no wonder you are so knowledgeable. I am a learner, having started gardening in my fifties in a small garden. Much as I'd love more space, I still have a small garden shared with a  family and two dogs. I grow as many shrubs and herbaceous perennials as I can cram in in these circumstances - too many, probably, but I'm a plantoholic. I put them in - with some regard for their needs for light and soil type - and they sink or swim. Most do well and I learn as I care for them. They have to contribute good colour and form and fit in with the needs of other plants. If they get too big, I cut them back as sensitively as I can, or move them, and learn how far I can bend the rules. To me, this is practical flower gardening in a small space.

Floppy Rose

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 16:29

I did look at this but there does not seem to be an illustration. Do you know any more about it? Thanks.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 12:20

Classic good advice from someone who is obviously a very good gardener. However, it does require that you have room for a nursery bed where plants can grow on undisturbed for several years and that your peonies do not have to live cheek-by-jowl with other plants in order to get a succession of blooms on a small space. I'm just saying that the usual rules can quite successfully be bent a bit to meet the needs of the garden as a whole, I propagate in pots. When the leaves get tired and messy later in the summer, I cut them back further, still remembering to leave younger ones to do their job of feeding the plant.


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