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Latest posts by Lordswood

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:24

My vegetable garden was turned over to my hens when the surrounding woodland trees got so big that they kept sun off it for most of the day.

I now grow my runner beans up canes in front of the brickwork pillars of my garage - three plants to each 18" trough. The containers look far too small, and indeed they do have to be watered every day in hot weather, but we get pounds and pounds of beans every year. I plant Suttons "Best of All" and they have never let me down.

White spot on mint leaves

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:09

Hi Mizzli

I think the white spots are physical damage perhaps caused by hail. The young leaves which have emerged perhaps after the hail storm look to be unaffected.

Quite a few of my plants look very similar. The white spots took a few days to appear after the hail, but I have seen it before.

Bleeding apple tree

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:22

If the buds on your tree haven't opened by now I think it may be dead.

The deadly Fireblight causes an orange coloured ooze.


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 00:21

My wormery is empty of worms too. They didn't escape so I think they may have perished during the cold winter although I moved the wormery into an outbuilding.

They were doing so well.

Weigela in containers?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 00:18

I shall pot them up with confidence. Thanks.

Weigela in containers?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 17:31

Does anyone know if it's possible to grow Weigela in containers.

I took some cuttings from my daughter's garden last summer which are now in 5 inch pots, growing well and in full flower. The flowers are very pretty and slightly scented, so I would like to have some near the front door. Alas no soil - a gravel drive.

I've seen weigela as hedging so I know it trims well, but I'm not sure about growing it in containers.

Identification of tree /shrub

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:51

It looks like  a Pongamia tree, but I didn't know it grew in this country.

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:50



Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:04

Hi Gold1locks. Sorry missed your reply. Is Aluminium sulphate the blueing agent Verdun mentioned?

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:02

Verdun,  You may have literally hit the rusty nail on the head.

The hydrangea is in the soil next to an outbuilding which has a rusty gutter which leaked badly very close to the hydrangea, but then the end piece fell off the gutter so last year the water leaked out at the end instead.

The metal gutter is due to be replaced with a plastic one, so perhaps instead of taking the old one to the dump I'll just "plant" it next to the hydrangea.

I've no idea what variety it is. It's been here years and has been shades of pink through lilac to a light blue.

We have an acid soil, but the hydrangea roots are right up against the bothy foundations so it probably gets varying pHs depending on weather.

What is the blueing agent and where can I get it?




Discussions started by Lordswood

Weigelas dropping it's buds

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Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

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Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

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Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

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Spectacular failures thanks to capsid bugs- I think

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Weigela in containers?

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Blue hydrangea

How do I get my hydrangea to turn blue? 
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Does my apple tree have a future?

Does my apple tree have a future after fire blight? 
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