Latest posts by Gold1locks

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. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:55

Hi Grayfleur, Katiejane and all the other safe landings.   Every time I see someone else make it here I wonder just how many of us have done so. Must be around 150, though I am not going to try to count everyone! 

Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:43

I planted two expensive grafted hybrids three years ago, and they still don't look as if they are going to flower this year! 

I have let them grow to fill the available space.. This year I am going to cut back all but the essential growth, and will prune these back in July to encourage flower bud development next year.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:36

I have found that after copying text from a web site, if I right click and choose 'paste as plain text', I don't get any html code. 

ok the bbc site has shut down

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:58

Marty, check out the BBC arrivals meeting point forum. Lots of posts on tehre and you should get a good initial reaction from well over 100 emigrees. 

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 18:13

I have only ever grown them in open ground, which is the norm. but in a pot you should use ordinary compost mixed with horticultural grit as they like good drainage. If you can't get that then use sharp sand (not builders sand ) from your local builders merchant. I would mix 3:1 by volume compost to grit / sand.

You could add bonemeal, though that is for term development of the corm and not for this year's flowers. They are not very hardy (zones 7 - 10), and will be more vulnerable to frost in pots rather than in the ground unless you shelter the pot.  I might lift them in autumn, dry and store them, and replant in spring. If you intend leaving them in a pot over winter maybe you should go for John Innes no 3, as ordinary MP compost will be nothing but peat and sand by autumn, 

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