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Treatment for yellow and curling leaves

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 10:41

Yellowing leaves on roses and edges of leaves of Philadelphus curling backwards.  What do these plants need - either now, or in future?

August feed for climbing roses?

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 10:36

My climbing rose A Shropshire Lad has almost stopped flowering.  Should I feed it again now, and if so, what sort of feed?


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:08

Have just spotted this thread, but haven't time to read every post.  To get back to the original question as to why people start answering a question with the word So, I think it probably came over from America.  It started amongst younger people in the business world, and now politicians and interviewers on radio and tv use it all the time.  It's replaced the word Well and annoys me no end.  I've given up shouting Well at the radio every time someone starts a reply with So.

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:04


Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 14:34

Thanks everyone.  I will get some grit and mushroom compost!

Verdun, can I use mushroom compost when planting any other shrubs or plants, or is it best used just as a mulch?  

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:30

Last year I planted some Dianthus "Memories".  They flowered well, but then the stems started going white and the leaves shrivelled.  So i cut them back, but although they had a second flush, the flowers were rather tatty.  This spring they still looked awful so I've got rid of them.

I believe they prefer chalky soil, whereas mine is clay.  I have just bought some of the Gran's Favourite variety.  How can i improve their chances of survival?

Thanks in advance,


Loose lavender

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 21:19

Thanks Rainbowfish

Loose lavender

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 18:16

Thanks Aster2, I will have a look at that.

Loose lavender

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 11:01

Sorry, I put this in the wrong part of the forum.  I've now pasted it into the Plants section of the forum, but can't seem to delete this one.

Please could you post any replies to  the discussion in the Plants section - thank you.


Loose lavender

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 10:51

I already have some upright lavender Hidcote in a narrow bed, which is great.  But there's another area of the garden next to the patio where I would like to plant some looser, more sprawling lavender. This area only has about an 8" depth of soil, but I guess this should be enough. It gets sun all day. Which lavenders would you recommend?

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Treatment for yellow and curling leaves

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August feed for climbing roses?

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Hints on growing Dianthus, please

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Loose lavender

Recommendations please 
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Loose lavender

Looking for recommendations 
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Recommendations for Rose food

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Overwintering begonia tubers

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New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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White Dianthus "Memories"

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Last Post: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Last Post: 24/07/2015 at 18:16

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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