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Latest posts by KT53

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:18

Blackfly by the million on honeysuckle and another thistle like plant, the name of which escapes me at the moment.

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 11:42

Not in pots.  Directly into the border.  We haven't had a lot of rain here although when it has arrived it has come down hard.  I'm watering the borders regularly and all other plants are doing fine.

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 11:05

I have a number of dwarf dahias, all showing the same symptoms.  Big, fat buds are forming but failing to open.  They are turning brown at the tip and then working down the bud.  Plants are in pretty much full sun until about 3pm and in shade after that.

The leaves are also being chewed, but I suspect slugs/snails as the culprit for that part.  I've put 'breakfast' down for them.

Any thoughts on cause and possible solution appreciated.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:26

I've had Phyllostachys (or something like that spelling) aurea in the garden for years without a problem.  All it had controlling it was a 6" timber edging board for a path.  Then just 2 years ago we had the garden stripped of everything but a couple of bamboo and the eejits doing the work removed the timber edging.  I didn't notice at the time because grass normally covered it anyway.  Now I'm doing battle with runners.  They don't run very deep so I'm using an edging tool about 3 inches either side of the runner, lifting the section of turf and then pulling the runner out.  Time consuming but it seems to work.  I'll have to paint any remaining shoots with weedkiller to kill them off.

Is this typical of screened topsoil? (pictures)

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:17

Unless you can check the quality before it's unloaded the supplier really holds all the cards.  When we had our garden done a load arrived and the guy doing our work sent it straight back because it looked much like the photo in this thread.  2nd delivery, from the same company, was fine.  Suggests intent on their part to deliver **** first and see if they get away with it.

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:45

Certainly an unfortunate event but mistakes happen.  The workers can't and shouldn't be expected to read every sign in the area they are working.  If the did they would never get the work done.

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:46

Can we have a link or a bit of explanation?

Water Retaining Crystals

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:45

Not easy to mulch hanging baskets

Can you successfully put a pond in a dry garden?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:44

In such a large garden any preformed pond would look tiny.  They can also be absolute ******** to install.  Much better to go with a liner.  The pond will do much better in full sun than in the shade of trees but the trade off is that there will be evaporation.  If you have your own borehole and can get water to the pond from it you really shouldn't have any problem.  To be honest, I never had a problem when topping my pond up with tap water.  The fish actually used to swim into the current created by the water from the hose.

Weeds from surrounding field ruining garden

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 17:52

A few years ago farmers were criticised for ploughing all the way to the edge of their fields and not leaving wildlife areas.  Now they are leaving wildlife areas and are being criticised for that.

Has the OP always lived in the country or have they moved out there I wonder?

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
Replies: 7    Views: 523
Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
Replies: 3    Views: 425
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
Replies: 0    Views: 393
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 430
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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