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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:27

 Thanks nut, knew I could rely on you for some sound advice! I may just do that.

brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:24

My Dawsons White is nice, not as white as Betty B but still bright. I also have the Jack Frost. I'm also in London and had the shame problem as you with heavy clay. I just dug in and turned over the soil many many times and in the end the brunnera were happy  Took time though.

Peace Lily HELP!

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:20

Also, overwatering can kill them. They actually like it quite dry, with regular misting of leaves, but never sitting in water. They can go a long time without water actually. And as welsh says, our of sunlight, better in bright area away from direct heat sources. Like a good feed too.

Peace Lily HELP!

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:18

Oh no, that looks really poorly. I agree with Hosta. Get a new one. Unless thee are soil nematodes for that particular pest, which you could water in, but it looks like it may be a bit too late...

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:10

Definitely white violas and Honorine Joubert anemone. Mine a still going strong. Also white begonias just repeat flower well into October, if they're in a sheltered spot - mine are still covered in flowers.

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:07

I bumped into a clematis grower many years ago, who told me he pruned certain varieties (like my Alba), mid Februray (he called it the valentines day massacre, so he wouldn't ever forget to do it), and since then I have always done the same to mine. It is doing very well. I just wonder though, why does this group need to be pruned then? Mine has rather tatty leaves here and there and I'd love to be able to give it a bit of a chop before Februsury, also to allow some light through to other plants. Will I harm it or will it flower less, if I prune it now instead of February, or can I tidy it up now and prune back harder in. Feb? No idea. Thank you!

Japanese anemone

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 13:29

Anemones just self seed and spread. I've never divided any of mine, though maybe I ought to! I find that the less I touch them, move them etc, the better they behave. I ket mine die back naturally in autumn, then cut them at their base and leave well alone. They just pop up in spring and so their own thing again. Very tough plants really. Some of the leaves on mine, higher up, were looking bad this year due to red spider mite damage, but fresher leaves came up after I treated. Maybe yours were too dry and / or had a pest bothering them too? Vine weevils are black, flightless beetles that mainly come out at night and take notch shaped chunks out if leaves. They are all female and can lay hundreds of eggs every year, which turn into pale larvae/ grubs, about 1" long. These are what do the most damage, because they feed on plant roots and can kill a plant completely if they happen to sever a main trunk root. Normally pot plants are most at risk. I apply nematodes that control the situation, in spring and autumn and now have a virtually weevil free zone 

Nematodes for thrips

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:54

They expire mid October, according to the pack.

was wondering if they'd work in temperatures lower than 15  c at night....

weird caterpillar like thingy ID please

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:37

 Mel. 

Nematodes for thrips

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:28

I have some 'Grow your Own" nematodes left over from trying to treat scarid fly on my indoor house plants. wondering if it's too late to stick them in a sprayer and treat a couple of plants covers in thrips, in the garden, or is it too cold now in London? We have reached about 12 degrees at night and daytime is about 18 C still. Thanks.

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