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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:48

I'm assuming both but can't really say as I'm just getting to know them.   I've just found some sprouting in a pot of daff bulbs I dug up earlier this year and hadn't separated as they do look just like wee daff bulbs.  I shall pot them up quickly and see what happens.   They aren't growing in the best soil here - heavy clay that goes rock hard in dry spells.  None in the looser, more fertile bits that have been pasture before.

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Is it the end of Fuchsia?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:24

Fuchsias did originate in the Americas so maybe they've been breeding them, like they have hostas.  However; Europeans love them too and have a wide range on sale now at plant fairs and specialist nurseries so who knows?

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:22

Even upside down it looks good.

I have been out to take pics of my autumn daffs - sternbergia lutea.  When we arrived here last October I thought they were crocuses but they are, in fact daffs and have leaves at the same time as the flowers which are even better this year in the group at the foot of the wall.

This pic of a group by the well shows the foliage more clearly.

Is it the end of Fuchsia?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:05

That is really sad.   Lots of fuchsias in gardens here as many can stay out all year.   Do you know where the gall mite came from?  USA or European imports?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 15:54

Possum adores Waitrose mint jelly which we buy at the British supermarket in Waterloo or Everberg back in Belgium.  None here but a garden full or wild apple mint so I made my own which, as yousay Dove, is so much nicer.  Possum had a teeny taste but doesn't like it.   Not sweet or green enough I suspect.

Was going to go and buy furniture restoring oil and seat cushion pads this pm but got distracted and then chappy called to talk about starting our shower extension next week so too late.   Will go tomorrow instead.  Meanwhile, I'm re-organising the dining room and cleaning floors and cuddling dogs who miss their dad.

Good looking beans.   Need to go and pick veggies for dinner this evening.  Lots of cabbage and broccoli full of wildlife cos OH made the beds too wide to net.  That'll be fixed for next year!  Swiss chard and beetroot looking very good and assorted squashes ripening nicely.

Dots on Laburnum leaves

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:35

Looks like one of the rusts which are caused by fungal spores.   As it is late in teh season and the leaves will fall soon I don't think it's anything to worry about but I would suggest your sweep up the leaves as they fall and burn or bin them.  Do not put them on the compost heap or use to make leaf mold.  I don't think there are any other effective controls for this problem other than good plant care.

You can fork loosely around the base of the tree and under its canopy once the leaves have fallen and work in a handful or two of bonemeal for root growth and general plant health and then, in spring, give it a high potassium feed for roses or tomatoes or just potassium (K) if you can get it.  This will promote good flowers without the nitrogen levels encouraging too much soft leaf growth which rust spores will enjoy.

You can find out more on the RHS site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=756 


Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:27

Hebe Silver Queen - evergreen variegated foliage and purple flowers in summer.  Likes good drainage and a sunny, sheltered spot and is ideal for pots.   A row of 3 would be quite striking.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:22

Exciting isn't it LG.  I am currently pondering 2 stems of climbing aster I was given as cuttings on Sunday.   All the info I can find says division so this is going to be an interesting experiment.

Just had a mail from someone I met on Sunday at the garden visits inviting us to go and see their garden and another nearby on Friday.   That'll be interesting as they've had the same drought as us this last year and watched rain passing by.   However there's are well established whereas ours is hardly begun.

Busy - you are being very busy!   Hope your visit went well today.

Last weeks GW Montys garden

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:17

Tithonia - Mexican sunflower.  An annual which needs full sun and well drained soil.  Seeds available form Chiltern's, Suttons, Sarah Raven etc.  Check out their sites and take your pick on price.

Michelmus Daisys

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:15

It's probably mildew which is caused by excess dry or excess moisture and/or poor ventilation.

Some varieties are more prone to it than others.   Do you know what yours is?

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