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Latest posts by jo17

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:34

Something is eating ,and completely removing, the flower heads of my sweet peas just as they are opening from bud.

Any ideas what this is and what can I do about it ?

Having nurtured them since last Autumn this is making me very cross !

invasive pond plant

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 14:29

We have a large ( 30m x 17m ) wildlife pond. In the last few years this plant ( no idea how it arrived ) has been taking over. It is creating a thick underwater jungle from the pond bed up to the surface , is very brittle and seems to thrive on our attempts to rake or drag it out. Any ideas on eradication ? we have common and mirror carp in the pond


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 15:42

Thanks for the input from you both. I shall risk it I think and be ready to throw some fleece over if it gets really cold.

Back to leaf raking and pond clearing now !


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:44

I am in Dorset . Can I overwinter my Melianthus major under a tent of fleece? Or should I cut it back, pot it up and put it in the greenhouse ? It was planted this spring in a S. facing bed with the greenhouse behind it. It is about 3ft high.

melianthus major

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:33

I am in Dorset. Can I leave my Melianthus ,which is in a S. facing bed with a greenhouse behind it , in place and protect it with a tent of fleece or should I pot it up and put it in the g/house for the winter.? Should I reduce the foliage ? It was planted this spring and is about 3ft high

evergreen shrub die-back

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:12

These usually "tough as old boots" shrubs are dying off rapidly, the leaves yellowing and drooping. and it is spreading quickly.Has anyone else got this and is it likely to be fungal, viral or bacterial ? I am tempted to cut them right back .... I'd like to know what I'm dealing with.

Flooded daffodils

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:40

No... but not far off ..East Dorset in the Stour Valley. Flooded septic tank so NO water use since early Jan !

Flooded daffodils

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:17

Our garden has been under water for 2 months. The water has finally receded leaving a very sorry sight .One of the saddest sights is the carpet of blind daffodils.... some didn't even come up , of those that did and sat under nearly 3 ft of water 90% have no flower stems at all.

Should I dig them up now while visible in the grass or might they recover to flower next year ?  Any thoughts and ideas gratefully received 


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 15:03

Hi Italophile.... lost your contact details.... my cucumbers got lost under rampant courgettes and never saw the light of day.... shan't grow them there again .

Tomatoes especially the Soldaki are brilliant ! Am busy saving seed .Huge thanks for last years advice


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Thanks for those answers....I was afraid it was a case of crawling round in the undergrowth , just hoped for an easy option !

Discussions started by jo17

Soldaki tomatoes

Seed sharing 
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Last Post: 17/09/2015 at 18:12

New planting

Transplanting time ? 
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Last Post: 27/08/2015 at 21:00

broad bean problem

flowers shrivelled and black 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 19:17

sweet peas

disappearing flower heads 
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Last Post: 04/06/2015 at 19:31

invasive pond plant

Australian Stone Crop 
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Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 15:06


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Last Post: 16/10/2014 at 15:42

melianthus major

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Last Post: 15/10/2014 at 14:33

evergreen shrub die-back

Laurels, Choisia and Eleagnus dying off 
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Last Post: 20/03/2014 at 16:26

Flooded daffodils

will they ever flower again? 
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Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 16:50


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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Australian Swamp Stonecrop

How to control this very invasive plant 
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Last Post: 26/02/2013 at 15:54

tree disease

Should I remove remove diseased trees at the first signs ? 
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Last Post: 05/11/2012 at 12:03

beetroot eaters

almost all my beetroot have been nibbled 
Replies: 11    Views: 1252
Last Post: 22/09/2012 at 09:59

best flavoured tomatoes

brandywine flavour with more fruit and fewer problems 
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Last Post: 14/10/2013 at 23:30

discoloured cauliflower leaves

The outer leaves of all my cauliflowers are all going orange What's going on ? 
Replies: 3    Views: 821
Last Post: 21/07/2012 at 14:05
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