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eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:52
Thanks all- great advice

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:09

The plants you are considering do like very well-drained soil, preferably not heavy clay. I have tried (and failed!) planting them in heavy clay, unless I raised my borders to improve drainage and added loads of grit, light topsoil and bark chips.

This seemed to the trick for me, soil-wise.

Apart from Verbena B., which can grow 6 ft in one season and acts as a brilliant annual filler, the others (bar echinacea, which I know little about), as slow-growing and can be well-contained by cutting back, so in other words are not plants that will invade or grow out of control.

It's good to leave some space in between, when planting, and you can always fill gaps with small annuals until your other plants have grown in.

Maybe stick some bulbs in there too - sternbergia crocuses (bright egg yolk yellow) look fab growing out in between perennials and love sun - they'll come out in Autumn and self-colonise.

be aware though - many of the plants you've selected hate being overly wet and cold over the Winter - I have lost many due to that, and due to planting at ground level in clay.

I find they do best in pots, where I can control the environment for them better.

have a think about adding height to your border too and possibly a feature.

Have a look at this for some planting ideas and above all, don't be afraid of moving things and making mistakes - we all do and it's part of the fun and the process 

http://www.doctorgreenfingers.co.uk/How_to_grow_Pruning_tree_surgery_Plant_care/Creating_a_herb_garden.html

For photos:

http://www.gardenonaroll.co.uk/border-styles/mediterranean-border/

 

Snowdrops

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:56

Are they in the green landgirl?

If not, then apparently (I've been told by more experienced people on here!) that they dry out out very quickly and they may need soaking before planting out, unless you're doing it straightaway.

If I'm not 100% accurate, I'm sure someone will soon correct me 

 

Hope you get better soon!

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:50

PS: is it a good time to cut it back now, do you think?

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:49

Thanks, Verdun 

I shall do just that.

It had already been heavily pollarded the year before, so i was keen to let it grow back a bit, but what with this rust, I'll give it a good haircut now. Seems a shame, as the upper 2 thirds of leaves are unaffected and glorious and it had reached 7 feet! 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:25

Thanks blairs

Yes, I feared it might be that - isn't it a big problem in Oz, at the moment? I read somewhere that it had been carried over by a wasp!

Hopefully I can find that fungicide fast and the tree can be saved.

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:23

Nematodes worked really well to control slugs in my garden last year.

Every time it had rained, I also sprayed more delicate plants, like hostas, with my own garlic spray.

The rest, the frogs ate!

Good luck 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:14

My potted eucalyptus (about 4 years old, normally very healthy and grows at quite a rate on its south east-facing patio) has something wrong with it.

At first (before I had put specs on and had a closer look!) I thought it might just be a bit of winter damage, but on closer inspection I can see that the bottom third of the leaves are studded with raised, rust-coloured patches.

What on earth are these?

I thought eucalyptus was infallible!

The potted olive, right next to it, is unaffected.

 

Thank you.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36785.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 10:03
Thanks Annie- another vote for chives then! I wonder what it is about their scent or bulb that deters weevils...weevils also leave any aromatic plant alone- they hate my Mexican orange blossom, for example, and my bay tree. Not heard anything about salt water Angela, though would imagine you're absolutely right not to want to put that in the soil itself.

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 19:33

Ah, you should be living in Greece or Italy- no neighbour there would give two hoots about garlic fumes over a garden fence

You're so right about hostas - only thing that saved mine was the garlic pong!

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