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Today at 00:58
Steverooke1 is correct. Very attractive tree. Offers shade in the garden. Interesting flower heads. Foliage turns reddish-bronze in the autumn. Does produce suckers and it travels. I planted one in my garden several years back, in time it deserted me and has appeared in neighbouring gardens. It is now doing well three gardens away. It gets it's name,"Staghorn" due to it's velvety branches.
Today at 00:49
Try sulphate of potash.
Today at 00:46
These chemicals are considered to neutralise upon contact with the soil. In case of accidental contact with plants and soil. Then a good soaking will usually prevent further problems. The basic action of this type of chemical is to be absorbed by the plant thereby being drawn down to the roots, thus destroying the latter.
Systemic classed chemicals as used in the past. Did not neutralise upon contact with the soil. Application was by applying to the plant and surrounding soil. The roots of the plant would then suck up the chemical and die or be retarded, however the soil would retain the chemical for some time thereafter.
A tip. If applying chemicals to plants. Be careful of wind drift, and shield other plants from the spray. Your tree may shut down like in an early autumn. Be patient. I wish the best for you.
Yesterday at 00:43
Might I ask. How/what makes you think the soil is exhausted. Have you conducted a soil pH test. Have you analyszed or had it done on your behalf, the consistancy of your soil. Are you able to give information asto what plants you grow and wish to grow in the future.
2 days ago at 00:40
Ah fidgetbones my dear respected friend. If I may. Plant feeding? yes a big question mark. Plant feeding. Please I mean no disrespect to anyone but! Is it a must that our plants have been examined, diagnosed and prescribed a daily dosage of Growmore, once every two weeks?
In fact. I grow as previously on this forum. Fuchsias and liliums along with other subjects. OK. I hold my hands up. Feeding my plants is a hit and miss situation, yet I am so so say still up and running. Now the matter of. Perhaps the period has been dull, overcast. My dear friend.. Please belive me. I have no intentions of destroying whatever friendship we have but. To coin a phrase. The sun shines on the righteouse and the unrighteouse. Likewise, in the GH or the open ground, the scientific differences are minimal. Your mention of the " electronic leaf" Might I respectfuly educate my hon. friend. The electronical leaf is a devise that has been in use since at least the 1950's Might I with the greatest respect inform/educate my learned friend. The so-called electronic leaf was designed and is used today solely in the proporgation house. In general practice and principle. Its enginerring and practicle use in a general amateure greenhous is a no-go
2 days ago at 00:16
Jacquim Hi. Always whatever the plant, shrub or tree. If frost damage is severe, meaning. If the woody or semi-wooy stems, branches etc are severely damaged. Then remove. Fortunately, 'Frost damage' in the UK is mostly superficial, scorched leaves and tender shoots. Given time these will drop. Now the yellowing etc of leaves. Climate changes can cause this, in some but not all cases, care of the plant might be questioned. Just a couple of points you can look at. Is the subject watered enough? actually just the reverse is a common feature. A plant that is over-watered can also develop like symptoms. Then in most cases lab tests and microscopic test often prove that. The owner is too sensitive. Never feed what you might consider to be a sick plant. Sounds ominous but true. Let the plant continue and also your care and attention. If I may. Stop worrying. These things happen, just like, some folks get colds others don't. I am always here ready to help. Mike.
3 days ago at 23:59
I suggest that if you are at times away from the greenhouse for extended periods. Then a system that is supplied by the mains water. Make sure any taps are fitted with a non-return valve, this prevents contaminated water getting back to the main supply. My layout is this. Connected to the outside tap, I have a heavt duty 1/2" hose permanantly to the Green house. In the GH I have a tap plus a two-way, or double take-off. One take-off supplies the garden hose, the second supplies my GH irrigation system. I have connected to the GH out-let a battery operated timer unit, cost £12-£15. Then I used a cheap green plasic 1/2" hose. This is attached to the outlet of the timer unit. This hose is now attached to the inside of the roof glazing bars via pipe clamps. The hose runs the length of the GH, crosses a few feet short of the end, and runs back down the other side. The end is sealed by means of bending the hose upon itself and securing with a jubilee clip. I bought a pack ot two of small jet valves cost, max £5. Then using a bradawl or a one inch wire nail, I Punctured the hoes at intervals of about 18" The jet valves easily screw into the plastic hose. Now test time. Turn the water on, starting with basically the tap just open, the gradually open a bit more, until you have just above a med mist spray. Now set the timer unit according to the manufactures instructions. Over past years. I have been away from home for three to four months at a time. Back home, and the GH has been better cared for in my absence. Hope this helps. PM me if needed. Mike.
3 days ago at 01:18
Lilies, whether pot grown or open grown. They all require a well drained soil/compost. In fact at all times in the life of a lily bulb, even in storage. The bulb must be kept moist, but not soaking. Botanically the structure of the bulb dictates. YES! most bulbs, large and small. Will show their dislike for a "wet bed". However many bulbs have an outer somewhat crispy coat. This is a great protector against water, then as you might peel away this outer raincoat. The layers or scales gradually become thinner and less resilient to excess moisture. This safeguard doesn't exist with lilies. Sadly lily bulbs for sale in GC's etc are usually bagged in wood shavings. Rather they should be packed in a moitur retaing substance. Perhaps spagnum moss. So it might be an idea to check the growing site of your bulb. I wish you well.
3 days ago at 01:03
The river Thames divides what is called Greater London. Strange term really. "Greater London" I mention this due to the fact that, many boroughs are actually part of adjoining counties.
It seems strange that living on the southside of the river, more attractive than the Northside. Once you cross from the South to the North, everything seems to suggest, time has stood still. Everywhere looks so dirty and run down, even the inhabitants. Truly, I often ask myself. Is it the location that brings people down to what might at times to a don't care attitude. Or. Might it be the location along with poor even deprived governmental management that brings the populace down.
In todays world. "SPEED" seems to be of the essence. It's as if the boss is no longer saying, ASAP rather, YESTERDAY. What has happened to the lunch hour? Meeting with a friend or two and going for lunch. Sitting down and enjoying your meal and association. Nowadays what one sees is. A person pacing it out, almost running at times. Laptop in case slung over the shoulder. Mobile phone up to the ear, a Big Mac being gulped down. No wonder more and more younger persons are having heart attacks, internal digestive problems etc etc. Even marriages break down due in part to the stress and tension that individuals are under. Some of todays developements are great, others are pure greed and life threatening.
3 days ago at 00:36
Well set out. Certainly a credit to you and all your hard work. Well done.
3 days ago at 00:31
Good luck with the new greenhouse. What's the betting, that before very long you will be saying. " This greenhouse is not big enough" Enjoy.
23 Jun 2017 01:41
If I may rfelate somewhat to Iamweedy's comment. I was born an bought up in Woolwich. A south london borogher. I was educated in Woolwich and later in Eltham, some tree miles distant. In 1961 I married and we lived with my parents until 1964. Then we accepted a council flat/masonette in Eltham. We raised a family of two daughters here. Sadly, my wife passed away 9.6.2010 We were married some 49 yrs.We loved our home etc. I still do.
I think that so much depends upon individual likes and dislikes. London. As a city is great for world politics and trading, however London is in respect rapidly shrinking. Workers pay a large amount of their earnings in travel. Rents are high. Property prices are sky high. If only London businesses were to expand and and open shop up north. We tend to blame the goernment. Think about it. If you are not happy where you are, then why not move.
22 Jun 2017 01:35
I share nutcutlets views to a point. Then a bit of detective work. The evidence tends to indicate that all began at fence high level. To me this suggests exposure. In which case ...blame the weather. The the sequence of events spread out. In this case, 'out' meaning up and down. As your photo's show. Over a short space of time, the shall we call it. 'The autumnal effect' progressed. This is now pure supposition. The tree must be a t least four years old. It's newly planted. Perhaps it's new location might not be to it's liking so it sulks.. My suggestion is. Leave it alone. OK the leaves will drop prematuly, don't worry. During it's early dormant period. It will readjust.. Regarding garden center warranties. I think the age of the subject would legally rule out a defective plant. SORRY. Let it take it's course.
22 Jun 2017 01:07
Vine weevils are interesting little critters, but deadly. As B3 mentions. The grubs will eat everything. I have this year lost some fuchsias, mainly older more mature specimums. In this case the grubs tent to congregate very close to the main stem just below the soil surface. It is possible to gently scratch away the compost using a split cane thus exposing these hungry grubs.
The adult beetle can often be found during the daytime, hiding up under the rim of the larger pots and containers. It is a good idea, if you find them in the greenhouse, to frequently move the pots/containers around. You ner know what you might find under and around the pots.
Dove's suggestion of emptying the compost out is strongly recommended. As a general rule. It's advantageous to re-pot with fresh compost at least every two years, sooner if possible. An additional tip, re; lilies. Even in the dormant period. Never let the bulbs dry out. They have no outer coat like daffs etc, and will soon dry and die. Hope this helps.
21 Jun 2017 01:39
20 Jun 2017 01:34
If you're a newbie reading this please don't be put off; this forum isn't the easiest to work out especially if you're on a mobile device.
The friendliest of people on this forum who positively fall over to help (don't tend to see you answering many newbie posts Mike) all use the latest posts function so don't care one jot where you pop up!See original post
Clarrington my dear friend. So often I find myself in the soup. May I coreect you statement. I do in fact go out of my way to answer " newbies" questions. Might I most respectfully point out. By doing so. Various members complain, more often than not by running to admin and crying. Mike is treating us imbercles. He is preaching to the converted. In actual fact. My posts, replies are quite the opposite. I do my best in such a short space on the forum to, provide our new friends with the basics. Might I add. I so often recieve adverse comments. NO! I don't go running to mummy' aka the mods and cryingly say. He has offended me. Truly I enjoy and value all imput to this forum. If at any time i sense adversity. I will publically apologise.
18 Jun 2017 01:15
I feel that many of us miss out on the obvious. OK. In the garden. Your keen eye detects a few naked whispy branches . so snip. Then perhaps some stronger victims ready for the chop. Yes it's so easy to chuck them onthe bonfire. HEY! STOP! Flimsy twigslets. Hey! I am growing peas this year. Great for supports. Likewise with many other plants. Truthfully who wants to see lots of wire/metal supports.
18 Jun 2017 01:04
There are different types of standards in excellence ... among those I strive for in my garden are to be ecologically sound and environmentally friendly ... we don't use insecticides or fungicides - instead we encourage a wide variety of wildlife which keeps pests down to a minimum equable with achieving a sustainable balance.
As I said, we have not used fungicides or pesticides since we moved here in 2011 and do not have an aphid problem ......... however we do have a large ash tree full of goldfinches, longtailed tits, bluetits, great tits, robins and other birds ... they eat the aphids. The ash tree scatters catkins, leaves and twigs on the garden. I bend down and pick up the large twigs, the rest is gathered by the mower.
I get the feeling that my sort of garden is not your sort of garden ... as you say, each to their own.
However, it is impossible to make an omelette without breaking eggs ... if you want to rid your lawn of all detritus then you need to either make some physical effort or put up with some noise
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Dove. Truly how wonderful that you have what I term a "Natural Garden" Despite my garden being small and in SE London. I too enjoy the pleausres of seeing many bird species. Chemicals....GRRRR!
I recall my exam many moons ago. The subject of chemical use in gardens and playing fields. Yes I felt I knew the basic chemicals and their respective abreviations. NPK etc. My immediate resonce to the examiners question. " This is where I fall down. I do not favour the use of chemicals in a preventive aspect. I will. If required to resort to their use. Carefully read the instructions. Thankfully. The examminer awarded me top marks.
So why my stance here? Many gardeners perhaps without realising it, actually find themselves entering a new area, era , of natural history. WE enjoy our gardens, also we come to enjoy the visits of other wild life. Birds that will feed upon the various bugs, Rodents, although perhaps not always so keenly appreciated. Our friend the hedgehog. Now his/her diet includes, slugs and snails. Stop and think. Yes in the natural world, we find that many species can detect good and bad foods. However take for example. Mr. Spikey out one night searching for food.. Yes he creeps and crawls, climbes fences. At lat a colony of slugs and snails. After the first few samples. Ye Gods. These don't taste right. Consenus so often indicate that the Pike family are reduced due to road traffic or road kills. Wrong. Most of the ongoing slaughter of so many of out natural wildlife is down to chemical use. Pleas give it a thought.
18 Jun 2017 00:36
I'm with fidgetbones and have used Brother labelling tapes for years on a not-to-cheap plastic label. They just peel off when I want to change them. I do label my garden because with a memory like mine, I forget where I've put things, mainly bulbs.
Also just to let you know - the mole is back!!! We've been mole-free for a few weeks now but yesterday noticed more molehills in our new front lawn. I think it's time for traps now don't you??? See original post
I use a Brother printer also and agree with other replies asto the benefits. Over the years I can't say that I have previously found a 100% weatherproof marker pens etc. I now no longer grow from seed, so my labels are of the more permanent type, for roses, fuchsias and lilies. I suppose much depends on the quantity of required labels. Whatever. Enjoy your gardening.
17 Jun 2017 01:30
Problems. Photos help. Cries for help etc. Not all is lost. There is so much involved in deciding the fate etc of a tree. A mere self destruction a som bark area does not mean the tree is dying, Discolouration of leave branches etc occur on healthy subjects. OK. Get in there and cut out all what you think is wrong. The time to start worrying is when, several branches split their bark, when several branches start growing fungi. When 75% of the foliage become affected. We have to admit. The time period we are living in is changing so fast. Even experts, scientist etc have a fight on their hands.