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Latest posts by happycottontail

What next for my Honeysuckle Scentsation?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:21

What do you think, Dove, should I snip off the remains of the old flowers - like you do with roses to promote a fresh crop?

What next for my Honeysuckle Scentsation?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 21:21

Very tiny.  Yes, some flowers in each cluster did open a bit.

What next for my Honeysuckle Scentsation?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 17:44

I had loads of buds on my honeysuckle by early June and was looking forward to lots of flowers and scent.  Unfortunately the buds all dropped off before opening.   Inside them there was a tiny grub.   They did produce some berries.  Should I remove these to promote new shoots and flowers?  I seem to remember that there were two flushes last year.  Also is there anything I can do to stop these critters feasting on the plant in future?

Can you identify this clematis please?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 15:29

Yes, Edd, that's the one!  Thank you!

Can you identify this clematis please?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 14:50

I've lost the label  

 

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Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 11:17

GUESS WHAT! I was so preoccupied with the Tour de France up here in Yorkshire over the weekend that I didn't do anything in the garden - didn't even go for a walk round it.  But this morning I was out there, and lo and behold, the dust had vanished from the penstemons!!    Was it the heavy rainfall on Friday night that cleared it away?  Am wondering if those of you who had the white dust problem still have it?

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 15:42

No gf, this isn't limescale residue from GC watering. My plants were bought last year and the first crop of flowers did have this white dust, but I don't think the second one did.  In Spring I cut them right down and transplanted them to a new spot in the garden, where they are doing exceptionally well.  So all the current flowers have never seen a nursery and have only been watered with rainwater.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:36

Brilliant idea pootler!  I would love to go but have a poorly leg at the moment.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:24

Dove, my first thought was a farina of some sort, and like pootler, I googled it but without success.  I looked at your link and those penstemons have it, but I think my Ravens are darker.  As you say, probably time to call in the experts!

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:23

That's exactly what it looks like Pootler, and it definitely doesn't look like mildew.  It's as though someone has come along and covered the flowers - not the leaves - with finely sifted icing sugar.

Discussions started by happycottontail

Overwintering begonia tubers

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Last Post: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Last Post: 29/10/2015 at 18:36

Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 00:09

Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 22:18

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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Last Post: 20/07/2015 at 07:56

The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 22:22

Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 19:31

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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Last Post: 08/06/2015 at 18:53

Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
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Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 11:13

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

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Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 04:50

Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
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Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 21:40

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 22:47

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

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Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 13:20
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