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couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:13

Plant 1 looks like a weigela to me.  And the second one could just possibly be a photinia - are the leaves red when they appear?  No. 3 looks a little like an overgrown choisya and if the 'twiny one' is plant 4, I agree; I think it is clematis armandii. 

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:07

Does anyone else have a problem with red spider mites this year.  I noticed a couple in the conservatory but after a thorough inspection of plants, couldn't find an infestation.  Did a quick spray anyway.  However, now I notice they are everywhere outside.  Went out to my composter this a.m. and they're on the lid, same on the bin and on my paths.  Where are they coming from and how do I get rid of them when they are all over the place?

Any problems with my choisya?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 09:27

Some plants just don't do what they 'should' - maybe because they haven't read the RHS manual.  I had a choisya (dark green leaves) that came off a 'sale' rack.  It was puny and hubby thought I should just throw it away.  I trimmed it off and put it in a new 'woodland' border (shaded by house and large yew and hawthorn) facing north, getting only the very late evening sun in the summer.  Surrounded by hostas, ferns and other shae-loving plants, it grew and grew and was covered in flowers during the season over the next few years.  The only reason it died was that we had a big snowfall one winter's night and it was split into 3 with the weight of the snow - no saving it this time.  I think it's more the care and attention given to plants after they are planted that matters; even once a week for a quick hoe to weed and loosen the soil, water when required, etc.

Garden ruined

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 17:53

Standing on my head, I see you have large bare patches as well.  So, firstly scarify (drag a wire leaf rake or similar thoroughly through the grass) which will lift old 'thatch'.  Then aerate (you have a small lawn, so shouldn't take long but will work you hard!).  After that, follow Busy-Lizzie's advice...although with the really bare patches, personally I'd buy a ready-mixed "4-in-1" for this year.  As B-L said, it won't look pretty to start but keep at it over the summer (pulling any weeds and  taking care of those bald patches) and keeping it cut regularly (not too short).  Then in the autumn look for "Autumn Weed and Feed" so you treat it ready for winter.  By next summer, once you've done the full spring treatment again, you'll have a lawn that the neighbours will envy!  You will never get rid of weeds but you can control them to a degree; it just takes a certain amount of dedication. Like all living things, including we ladies, it just needs to be pampered regularly...

Curly leaves on my plum

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 17:41

Are you sure, David, that you didn't leap into my garden and take a pic of MY plum tree?!!!    This is exactly what is happening!  Thanks so much for that, I'll go out and get some tomorrow.  Hopefully, it won't have affected the fruit.


Trailing begonias in hanging baskets

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:48

I'd use 2 maximum and add other plants to create more interest, some more trailing (bacopa for example) and some upright...but then that's just my choice!!

Clematis help please

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:45

Any reason in particular why your clematis is not going to live happily in a border and cover a sad-looking fence or blank wall?  As long as she has her head in the sun and her roots in the shade, she'll grow for ever and provide more pleasure than sitting in a pot (but if you do put her in a pot, don't forget to top the soil with grit/slate).

Garden ruined

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:40

Sounds to me as though it needs aerating first and foremost.  Normally, round about March you need to scarify to get rid of all the thatch, and aerate well.  You can buy machines/tools to do the job but good old fashioned prodding all over to a depth of 4-6 inches with a garden fork also works.  Weed and feed is just not enough, that comes after the basic treatment.  It sounds as though your neighbours are doing all these things and one of the best ways of finding out the problem would be to discuss with them exactly what they are doing.  I think that aerating now would still be a good idea but ask the neighbours!!  Gardeners are the one species who really do love to talk to one another!! 

Curly leaves on my plum

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:34

I do hope someone can help with this.  I know peaches, nectarines and that family have leaf curl, but why is my plum also suffering a similar fate.  It's a minarette, been in the garden for 2 years - this is its 3rd fruiting season.  Actually, we only had 2 plums last year but this year the blossom has been really good and we were expecting our first 'real' crop.  However, now the leaves are curling, starting at the top.  I have examined most of the tree and can find nothing behind any of the leaves - insects, mould, 'fur' - and those leaves that have not yet succumbed appear to be in rude health (but will they remain that way?).  The soil is amended (organically) clay.  There is a 'heritage hedge' directly behind the tree, mainly hawthorn, healthy ash, elder, hornbeam and the tree is sheltered from the north by a garden shed.  It loses sunshine by about 2 p.m. (because of same 'hedge') but still gets plenty of light.  Any ideas please?

Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 14:26

NewBoy:  Inside in pots while the weather is cool, outside from the time the sun really starts to heat up  and protect at night if the forecast is cool or rainy (gardening fleece, old net curtains, etc.).  :Leaving them in pots means you can follow the sun around if necessary and frees up veg patch space for other luscious goodies.

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