Latest posts by jo17

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 !


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 11:09

Can I spray off sumac suckers with glyphosate or will it affect the parent tree ?

Australian Swamp Stonecrop

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 15:54

That's what we've had to do till now.... as a couple of Oldies this is back -breaking and I s'pose I am hoping there's an easier way ! As we've been flooded all winter I am only now able to see the pond back at it's normal level... none of the winter reed clearing has been possible and now it's really too late in many cases. 

Australian Swamp Stonecrop

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 15:31

We have a large wildlife pond which has become clogged with this type of stonecrop.It seems thst pulling it out can actually spread it as it is fragile and any bits that snap off will quickly regrow. We have carp , newts , dragonfly larva .. all sorts of wildlife and I am nervous of using a glyphosate herbicide for this reason as well as it being difficult as 99% of the plants are underwater. Any advice ?

tree disease

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 11:11

Thanks for that.... a relief about the chestnuts. I have ash and rowan .... do rowan not get it ?

tree disease

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 09:15

We have a number of ash and Horse chestnut trees on our property.

So far the ash are fine but I will be looking out for die back next year.

The chestnuts have bleeding canker and I am dreading losing them ... should I have them removed now to prevent fiurther spread or can I enjoy my trees for a few more years. I really need expert advice on this 

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