Latest posts by Gold1locks

Montana wilt?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 06:59

It won't be frost. Check a problem stem carefully to see if you can find damage, such as a section where the outer bark has been stripped away on one side (snails) or a bruised / creased section caused by wind damage (or in my case by a snagging lawnmower!)

Climber wanted for a shady wall.

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:43

Climbing hydrangea (H anomala subsp, petiolaris) or the related (and better) schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' or parthenocissus henryana. All prefer shade, all are self clinging via aerial roots. I have the latter two, and used to have the first.  

Water butt not filling

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:32

The way it works is that the diverter has a pipe within a pipe. the inner pipe opening has a loose cowl above it, so that water is diverted outside the inner pipe and out to the butt. When the butt is full water backs up and teh gap between the inner and outer pipe gets full of water which then overflows down into the inner pipe and on down to drain. For this to work the diverter needs to be positioned at a level just below the top of the water butt. too high and the butt will overflow. too low and the butt will only part fill. 

If the tube between the diverter and the butt is blocked (or kinked) then water will not divert, so the tube should be checked.


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:18

The variety you are most likely to find in a garden centre is Munstead, a dwarf form. My own favourite is Imperial Gem, similar size, but IMHO a more eye catching deep purple colour. I first saw a field of it at Norfolk Lavender, and it looked wonderful.  We bought 10 of them, and have propagated a lot more from it.

Yes I would make sure that the soil is well drained. It wil also help that the bed is raised. Lavenders that  die in hard winters do so more because their roots have been stood in frozen water than because of damage to the stems. 

Help choosing climbers

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:05

I guess you want to screen off the oil tank. 5 feet of height is not much for a climber. You could grow some short climbing roses such as Climbing Shropshire Lad, or an evergreen such as jasminium nudiflorum. Not sure about fruit trees if they will be exposed to strong easterly winds at flowering time, but if that's not a worry then you could train one or two as espaliers.

With the back trellis and fence you have a much wider choice. Roses, clematis, honeysuckles. Now is a good time to choose as the garden centres are full of fresh stock. get chatting to one of the more experienced staff members and ask for advice. 

Help choosing climbers

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 15:12

Will you be able to plant directly into the ground, or will you be growing in a pot?

What sort of framework will you have to support the climbers (brickwork, fence...) and how tall is it? 

What part of the country are you in?  Will the climbers be sheltered from easterly winds? 

Tree Sap

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:58

Gum oozing from cherry / plum trees can be due to a variety of causes, including  infected wounds, infections (fungal, viral, bacterial),  insect infestations (borers), or cold-damaged bark. It is most likely to be bacterial canker. If so, you should prune from the end of June to August to remove infected stems to health growth below.

The ivy won't have cause the oozing directly, but it is not a good idea to leave it there as it will reduce air circulation, restrict sunlight, etc.. 

Sooty mould

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:48

Have you checked the underside of the leaves for scale insects? If they are responsible then the only insecticide that will get rid of them is not recommended for edible crops, so i wonder if your garden centre has recommended the wrong product. What did you use?

The best way to remove scale insects without using an insecticide is to scrape them off gently with a fingernail and / or wipe the leaves with warm soapy water. 

Geraniums not flowering

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:42

As kate1123 says, use tomato fertilizer which is rich in potassium which encourages flowers and not leaf growth. 


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 12:17

Mine grow in my alkaline clay, though not nearly as vigorously as MIL's when she grew hers in acid soil rich in leafmould. 

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