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Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 20:11

Ah, I think I've worked it out - slime flux. Winds the other day must have opened up some of the wood. Boo hoo :'( :'(

Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:55

Hello all,

I have a clematis montana that is suffering. It has this gooey, white sludge at its base, and a little bit of fluffy white mould on about 5 inches of the branches higher up.

I checked it over because I noticed it wasn't budding any green leaves like my other clematis is. There are some small, brown buds on the stems, but they look a bit dead. I broke open a couple of the smaller branches, and they were still green inside. What should I do? Worth a spray or not? And what sort of spray? I can't find anything on the web about gooey mould, only powdery mould!

Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 20:04

Great, will do. Thanks for the advice!

Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:57

Thanks, Philippa! We don't have any heat sources yet... holding off on the heating for now.

Looking at Google images, it's not a rex. It's currently pumping out yellow flowers by the bucket-load. Will take your advice and leave it in then  


Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:22

I have an indoor begonia - not entirely sure which type - that needs only weekly watering. At the moment it's doing fabulously, but I'm worried about what to do when I go on holiday for a fortnight. Normally I just dump all the houseplants outside and hope it's warm and wet enough to keep them happy, but with November approaching, I'm not sure if this particular plant will cope. 

I will try to get hold of an indoor watering system (if I have time), but if I can't, which is better: letting it go without water for two weeks, or putting it out in the cold?


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 15:00

No. Lion pellets don't work after a few weeks. I've had some success with an electronic squawker, but now the cats know its exact range and coverage, so I have to keep moving it! I've heard those motion-activated water squirters are quite good. There's one called a Defender and another by Contech on Amazon for ~ £50


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:37

I'm sure your cats are wonderful and that you are a responsible owner, but sadly many gardeners have found that other cat owners are not so careful!

Hmm... how to bring such a ruling into force? I suppose, just as the dog warden picks up stray dogs, he/she could catch any cats found wandering around. Might need a few more wardens though. And some nets on long sticks... and some clever traps!!


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:24

One brave person put this on - but they're not getting much support...

Help identifying rose

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 11:38

Hello everybody. I need a rose nerd to help me with this. C. 1981, my dad planted a rose in our back garden, and I want to find out what variety it was - partly as a bit of nostalgia and partly because I want to recreate the awesome rose wine he made with it!

Can anyone help me identify it? It's still growing at the house (which we sold and was turned into student accommodation 17 years ago), so it must be pretty tough variety to survive the neglect. It certainly withstood some very lax maintenance on my parents' behalf!

Here's a very blurry pic I managed to scrape from Google Street View:

It was very, very fragrant, a deep pink colour and a double bloom. I imagine that it would have been fairly commonly available when my dad bought it, as he's not the sort to go to the trouble of obtaining anything rare or expensive. It was planted in an east-facing garden with lots of trees around, so there was a fair bit of shade.

The closest variety that I've been able to find is "Wendy Cussons" (below). The flower shape certainly looks the same as I remember, but all the descriptions say that it's terribly fragile and needs perma-sun. Does anyone have any better ideas? Otherwise I'm going to have to drive up to Leeds and steal a cutting (assuming it hasn't died since street view pics were taken, of course)!


Stupid weather!

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 21:59

That's quite sweet!

Unfortunately my other, cat-owning neighbours are not quite so thoughtful. I am one of the many who suffer feline fertilising of the lawn (from both ends of the cat, it would seem). I'm thinking of getting one of those motion-detector-hosepipe-thingies. They look quite fun. 

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Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Can I save my clematis montana? 
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Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

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Help identifying rose

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Stupid weather!

Do I dare plant out my seedlings 
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