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Honey fungus.

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 17:23

I used to have a semi-wild woodland and at one time I was sure I had Honey Fungus, lots of honey coloured toadstools clustered round the base of birch trees. I panicked, bought loads of armillotix, searched everywhere for the bootlaces, peeled off bark looking for the telltale mycelium. discovered a couple of years later that itwas an entirely different (and harmless) fungus. The toadstools didn't have the collar on the stems underneath the cap. 

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 17:17

The RHS rates most of the English lavenders at H4 (a couple H3-H4), which means hardy throughout the UK, but not where you live, Obelixx.  maybe Munstead is H4 and a bit! 

I mix grit / sharp sand 50:50 with my lavenders in pots, and give a similar ratio in the planting hole for the rest. I was amazed to find that all my pot grown blue/purple lavenders have survived last winter, despite the -10C we had on quite a few nights (except a silver leaved one called Sawyers  and a pink flowered one - forget the name, though I knew both of these were not as hardy as the rest)


Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:58

My backup dahlias are in pots in a cold greenhouse and have not shown yet, though I think I can see rising of the surface compost. It all depends on when you planted them. They are triggered into growth when first watered.  I am not sure I am going to need them. while moving some small shrubs last week I found a healthy dahlia tuber a few inches under the surface. I had assumed the cold winter would have got them this year (Lincolnshire!). So I'll have to find somewhere to squeeze teh new ones in. 

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:53

After visiting Norfolk Lavender and seeing a long row of Imperial Gem in a field, alongside many other varieties,  I would always choose it for a low edging. The colour is so vivid. The fragrance is wonderful too, but I suspect that can be said for all the English lavenders.


Climbing Ivy

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 08:50

Sounds like a very close shave, Blackest, and good advice, though from what you describe I think the ivy should take the wrap! 

Climbing Ivy

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 07:32

Ivy won't attack healthy brick joiunts but it will do damage to mortar that is already starting to crumble. However, it can disfifure the surface of bricks with its aerial roots. If you remove the ivy the root ends stay on the brickwork and are pretty well impossible to remove without damaging the surface. 

Climbing Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 21:53

It shouldn't kill the cherry tree directly, but eventually you will have a nearly invisible framework that was once an attractive cherry that is just providing support for your ivy. I can think of better ways to display a nice ivy, such as a wall or boring fence. 

Eventually the ivy canopy could weigh down branches of the tree. Some may break under the strain, and bacterial canker disease could get in, which could be fatal. 

If it were in my garden, the ivy would have to go!

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 18:20

No worries. Been away for a year or so - still not tuned in to the characters / style of banter!


Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 17:55

Have I been suckered in here? 

Meconopsis- blue poppy - lingholm. Bareroot hostas

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 17:38

I have sown Lingholm (got them from Chilterns Seeds), and although the germinated and grew on, they didn't survive the winter, so, being biennial (or short term perennial), i never saw them flower.

They need very special conditions from what I gather - rich, well drained,  but moisture retentive acid soil in semi shade, and better in the cooler Northern half of the country.

 We were high up in the Welsh hills, had acid soil that was moisture retentive, but it was not so well drained so the roots were in soggy soil in winter and I think that did for them. 

Although Chiltern Seeds claimed this variety was not monocarpic (did not die after flowering in year 2), I read other stuff that suggested that unless you had super soil conditions the flowering would exhaust the root system. Well, I had my go at it, because they look so lovely, but have resigned myself to never growing them successfully, especially now I am in alkaline heavy clay with no shade in Lincolnshire!

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