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Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:24

That 'swisher' covered that ground much more quickly than a brush would.

Oh come on......

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:23

The climate is changing.  It was warm and sunny yesterday and it's raining today.  How much more change do you want?

How to set up a soaker hose system ?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 09:15

Just to put my needs into perspective, the garden was gutted and I now have over 200 feet of borders with newish plants in to care for.  If a soaker hose keeps them going while I'm away it will have been a solid investment. 

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:31

It's utterly pathetic.  A quick internet search found an on-line edition of a book written in 1908 which used the term, and I suspect it was used for many years before that.

buds but no flowers

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:24

Our newly planted lavatera has started flowering in the past few days.

How to set up a soaker hose system ?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:23

I'm considering getting soaker hose for the borders before I go away in a couple of weeks.  I've a lot of new shrubs and herbaceous plants which aren't fully established yet and do need regular watering. I'd be putting the soaker hose onto timer so it will cost a bit, but not as much as losing all the new plants.

My neighbour normally does the watering when we're away but he's on holiday at the same time as us this year.  Just can't get good staff any more!

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.

Discussions started by KT53

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2016 at 22:14

Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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Last Post: 28/01/2016 at 21:24

If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Last Post: 03/01/2016 at 22:46

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? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56
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