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Latest posts by happycottontail

White Dianthus "Memories"

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

Hi Verdun, yes it does have a wonderful scent.  I think the "mildew" goes right down to the base, so I shall be cutting the foliage off at ground level.  I have three plants in a row, but only the two outside ones are affected.  Yet they've all been treated exactly the same!  No need to water today though as we've just had an almighty downpour!

White Dianthus "Memories"

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 15:39

I have three of these, planted last summer.  They have flowered very well this year but two of them have gone all whiteish brown at the bottom third of their stems, which looks very ugly.  What has caused this, and do I ditch them?  The photo below was taken a month ago, and if you zoom onto the base of the plant you will see its beginning to turn brown.


A Shropshire Lad rose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:51

Hi pansyface, thanks for the tips.  I've looked for buds but can't see any.  Whereas my Wollerton Old Hall roses have loads of new buds in the leaf axils. I would give ASL 8/10 for perfume, in comparison with my Munstead Wood roses which get 10/10.  WOH has a strong perfume which DA describes as like myrrh, but I would call it citrus.  It's a brilliant performer, but I have to say I was  a bit disappointed with the perfume.

A Shropshire Lad rose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:25

Now that the first flush is almost done, will it flower again?  Do I have to feed it?  What about pruning?  ( I've been removing dead flowers daily)  Actually I have 4 bushes - one at each corner of my pergola.  The one in the ground has flowered its socks off, while the three in large pots have not done nearly as well.  Any advice very welcome. Here's a pic (hopefully) of the one in the ground, taken two weeks ago.


Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 21:42

I'll try the damp tissue rosemummy.

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:03
Does spraying them with diluted washing up liquid work for the black ones like it does for the green ones?

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:45

They are in amongst small love in a mist seedlings Dove, so I don't think the hosepipe is an option.


Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:35

What is the best non chemical way to get rid of these little critters?

Giant poppies

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 18:29
Too late I'm afraid, Landlubber. They were much too close to some favourite plants, so in the end they had to go!

The what and when of feeding clematis

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 19:02

I have these clematis:  Helsingborg, Montana Elizabeth, Parisienne, Prince Charles, Alionushka, Venosa Violacea,and 3 others that I will post later on a separate thread with pics for you to id.

 So far the Helsingborg flowered very well in the spring.  Do I cut off the seedheads to get a second flowering?

The Montana was magnificent, Parisienne is blooming its socks off, and Prince Charles has a fair number of buds, but lost a lot in the gales.

 Alionushka is about 6'6" high and only just beginning to show buds at the very top of the stems.  It has fallen over twice as it's not self clinging.  I'm giving it one more chance ....

V V is now in its third year and produces buds which don't open properly.  

So any tips for the problem ones will be most welcome!

I'll post a pic of Parisienne if I can.


Discussions started by happycottontail

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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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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Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
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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

Muscari dilemma

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Last Post: 15/09/2014 at 13:43

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

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