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ID Please

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:14

Why don't I have such pretty plants growing around here! We only have weeds in London 

Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:12


Just that really.

Got this lovely plant for a north facing fence where it can scramble up to the light.

It is in its 3rd year and has yet to flower (though have read that they can take that long to get going).

For this reason, I had only lightly tidied it up at the end of the season, rather than giving it a harsh prune.

it has produced some immensely long stems in barely a few weeks, which I've trained along horizontally, to encourage more side shoots.

Sadly, I had a bad infestation of red spider mite earlier in the spring which I treated, but ever since then this road has been literally plagued by pests: powdery mildew now it's has been dry for a few days, black spot, caterpillars galore. 

I have sprayed with SB Invigorator spray all spring, which worked, then seemed to stop working! It is based in plant oils. I have also tried soaring with fungicide which controls it all for a little while. I try to hold off with insecticides and don't even own any, but when the RSM struck, I relented, as so many if my plants were sick.

my garden is tiny and rather sheltered, with one half in very hot sun and the other (where this rose is) in moist shade and some dappled sunlight.

I got so fed up with it yesterday that I hacked it down to the ground  which I'll probably get told off for now!

Hoping to give it a boost and remove a lot of the pests. 






Feeding Bees

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:51
Honey bee walks? Off to google thanks Patsy

Feeding Bees

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 17:23
That's very sweet nibbs

Feeding Bees

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 13:22

Ooooh a hive! 

Now I have bee envy, Patsy 

There are loads of local beekeeper associations dotted around the country. One of my friends is a member and said she did a short course with them and continues to get lots of help and advice. She's out in Kent.

In London there's the North London Bee Association and they sell their various honeys from the area, to the public. It's lovely! I buy a pot now and again, as it's meant to help with hay fever if taken regularly before the season - bit like a homeopathic treatment.

My daughter loves plants and animals - that bit, at least, I got right 

Feeding Bees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 10:40


This little fella was rescued by my 6 year old daughter...she nearly killed it first by almost dumping a whole spoonful of honey onto it...

Garden design courses

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:47

Thanks hogweed 

Seedling ID Please

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:46

Mosaic virus

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:10

Good point fidget

Garden design courses

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:06

Thanks Hosta - I'm in London, so ideally need a london- based one.

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Golfinches have landed!

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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Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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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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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

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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