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Mystery Plant?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:46

http://www.hainaultforest.co.uk/SmLeafLimeLeaves1.jpg

Mystery Plant?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:44

I could be way out, but it looks a lot like tilleuil, or lime, to me.

Garden design courses

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:26

Has anyone on here ever been on a garden design course?

I'd love to try my hand, but there seem to be so many versions about.

Ideally I'm looking for something I can do a day a week, over a 6-12 month period or so, in London.

London College of Garden Design looks impressive, but at 11k for a years course, I nearly fainted.

Does anyone know of the Capel Manor level 2 Garden Design course, either Enfield or Regents Park based?

 

Thank you 

 

Feeding Bees

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:21

Isn't it just! I think the bees in our garden love Greek honey in particular 

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49042.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

unhappy plants

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:14

Don't know about ants, but my Rozannes, though not forming mounds as such, have leaves which are closer to the soil than the flower stalks.

climbing rose problem

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:10

Madame as in rose version, rather than dog version 

climbing rose problem

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:08

Watching this with interest, as my Madame is also 2 and only madly producing greenery at the moment, at an impressive rate, but no flowers.

I have trained mine horizontally and it looks nice and full, but I'd just like to ask whether I ought to be pruning it at all in autumn/Spring, or leaving it until it flowers!

Last autumn I only tidied it up very conservatively, as I was under the assumption it's best to leave climbing roses 3 odd years before radically pruning.

Was I wrong?

Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:03

Lion manure- awful smell, couldn't bear to be near it (never mind any cat).

Pepper dust works well in dry conditions but needs reapplying after every rain.

Ditto garlic granules.

Don't bother with deterrents like a metal cat shape with glass eyes, or cat sticks dipped in scents they don't like...our local mogges went as far as to poo right on top if them.

Best solution I've found is obstruction: I cut a length of bamboo cane into 6" lengths and sink them into the soil at regular intervals so they can't get in amongst them and start scratching around.

Cheap, very effective and humane.

 

Year-old photinia "red robin" hedge looking sick

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:20

Sadly I have some experience of these nasty little critters, which often over wintered very nicely in my London garden...

they usually overwinter as grubs, then (unless it has been a very mild winter, in which case they could be destructive earlier), they'll usually become active in Spring, eating everything they can find close by. Apparently they don't travel far from the host plant mummy laid them in 

They then hatch as beetles over the summer and start laying eggs - up to 1000 a season. The bad news is that they're also all females!

so by spring, the grubs are nice and plump, getting plumper by the day and raring to go - that's why nematodes work best then...and in autumn to catch the early young grubs or the other ones from spring you may have missed.

I profoundly hate them.

can you tell? 

But I have to say that if you keep on top of them twice yearly with nematodes, it does work.

i also use provado but ONLY on containerised plants (particularly vulnerable to weevils) and only for non-edibles and plants that are not pollinated or don't have obvious flowers. I am very scared of harming bees and this is the first year I have used provado (I blame Verdun, who swears by it ) in my life.

but I did get very sick of seeing more vulnerable plants die...not from weevil necessarily, but all- round 24/7 attack by RSM, leaf miners, aphids and everything. Fed up!

 

good luck 

 

Year-old photinia "red robin" hedge looking sick

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:34
Vine weevil grubs? I know you've checked roots, but it only takes a couple to decimate the trunk roots of a plant, which then literally fades and dies in a couple of days...I should know

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Best seed for them? 
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Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Still no flowers... 
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Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Hellebores

Best online retailer? 
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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43

Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
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Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Why?? 
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Garden design courses

The best of the crop. 
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