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Does my rose look ok?

Posted: 28/12/2017 at 14:50

Thanks to all for your messages! I certainly watered it well in summer and autumn, I didn’t feed it as the compost had a couple of months worth of food in - will it need food over winter?

Are there any recommendations you can make regarding the black spot? I understand that good air circulation is important, and this year they were a bit crowded by surrounding tomato plants, which I won’t be doing again. I always underestimate how much space they take up!

I also sprayed it periodically with a fungus fighter for roses.  Anything else I can do?

Thanks again, greatly appreciated.

Does my rose look ok?

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 10:48

This year i treated myself to a David Austin Tess of the D’urbervilles rose. Unfortunately because of a very narrow garden, it has to live in a container on a south facing back wall rather than in the ground, but it is a big, deep container.

It got black spot in summer which effected most of the foliage, although newer foliage doesnt seem to show any signs.

I was just wondering what people think of it’s appearance, it’s my first rose and have no idea what is normal over winter! This pic was taken about a month ago so has slightly less leaves now but looks very similar on the whole.

Many thanks 

Dying Fuji cherry

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 15:32

Thank you Borderline, I gave it a really rhorough watering yesterday.

Your advice is much appreciated!

Dying Fuji cherry

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 16:05

i bought a Fuji cherry tree (prunus incisa kojou-no-mai) around the beginning of July. I put it immediately in a terracotta pot in John Innes 3.

It has just started to die off in bits, and seems to be progressing quite quickly. It is west facing, gets sun from approx 3pm until sunset. Pics below:

As we have had quite a lot of rain recently, I have only watered it a few times.

Any ideas what the cause could be?

Many thanks

Insect ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 22:30

Wow, yes I see!

Thanks very much! 😀

Insect ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:38

Very quick/sudden movements unlike any larva Ive seen before!

Please help!

ID please!

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 11:46

He's had it for about three years and it has never flowered., is that right?


ID please!

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 08:54

My dad bought this tree and swears that it was advertised as a dwarf pear tree. I can't remember off the top of my head how long he says he's had it, a year or so at least I believe, and as time goes on, he feels that it's looking less like a bush than a tree.

Any ideas?! Thanks!

Thin rhubarb stalks

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 20:01

Forced plant in new spot

Unforced half in original spot

Thin rhubarb stalks

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:58

I took over an allotment 3-4 years ago that had a timperley early rhubarb plant on the plot. I noticed last year that perhaps it was a little less fruitful than previous years, so I split the crown into two this winter, and put half back in the same place with some manure, and planted the other half in a different, sunny spot, again with plenty of well rotted manure.

Once both had burst into life earlier this month, I put a compost bin on top of the new bit, as I've never forced before and was just curious, and I left the other old half to do its thing naturally.

I left the bin on only for about two weeks and removed it on the weekend. I picked two fantastic, thick, long stalks of rhubarb, and although there are plenty more stalks, the rest are a lot thinner. The plant that I have left grow naturally also has thin stalks, although not as long of course, with a lot more leaf.

I read somewhere that they are low on nutrition when the stalks go thin, I was hoping that splitting the crown and adding manure would help with this. Am I just a bit impatient, could the stalks develop thicker in due course?! 

I did remember afterwards that I also read somewhere that  a new plant shouldn't be forced in its first year, but wasn't sure if it counted as a new plant as it was split from an older crown.

Your thoughts please!! :-)

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