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Robinia Frisia - brown spotted leaves - treatment?

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 08:24

No, I think they have enough samples already sent in and from their own plants to continue research.   Other than that we have to hope for a drier summer next year.  Two cool, wet summers in a row are clearly playing havoc with many plants, not just robinia.

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 16:14
I don't like that particular shade of yellow and find them not at all pretty. They flower en mass in our paddock across the road and persistently reappear in my borders no matter what i do.

When we first created the garden from cow pasture we put down black plastic for 2 years to kill off the weeds - buttercup, nettles, thistles, docks and other delights but still they keep coming back. I'm happy to leave some nettles for butterflies to lay eggs but creeping buttercups are neither use nor ornament as far as I can tell and are a real pest which spoil the look of my chosen plants which are more attractive and provide nectar and pollen so are better for insects.

What plant will grow under a willow tree

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 15:37

You'd need to keep the hanging branches trimmed to at least head height in order to let in sufficient light for anything that's of interest after the spring bulbs.  You could try adding snake's head fritillaries to the bulbs as they like damp meadow conditions.

You could try variegated forms of ajuga reptans and pachysandra to give ground cover with some creamy highlights and also variegated vinca major.  This and the ajuga will give blue flowers and the pachysandra has white flowers.  Another plant worth a try would be pulmonaria which has spotted or silvered leaves depending on variety and white, pink or blue flowers - again depending on variety.   All of these will flower in spring or early summer but will give evergreen foliage interest, especially if you cut back the pulmonaria once flowering finishes so it produces new leaves.

A friend of mine puts tubs of busy lizzies under her tree as they appreciate the shade in summer.   This could be a plan to extend floral interest through the summer.

Begonias and Pelargoniums (geraniums)

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 15:29

I brought some pelargoniums through last winter by planting them up in window boxes which I then kept on the landing window sills.  I shan't be bothering this winter as i plan on changing the colour schem next year and can buy very good plants in 3" pots from a local nursery for a decent price.

I shall, however, be using those window boxes for tender fuchsias as it's simpler than trying to get them through in my greenhouse which is insumated but not heated over winter.   With any luck, they'll carry right on flowering most of the winter and I can take cuttings to bulk them up.

evergreen perenial border

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 15:21

Sounds like a god mix and i hope it works well for you.

Just for info, Russian sage is cut back hard every spring to renew vigour and stem colour so its size is controlled.  I've just bought 3 to add to my front bed which is being modified to provide extra winter interest.

patio with circular bed

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 15:05

Have alook in the RHS Plant Finder.

Enter the name of the plant and it comes up with nurseries which stock it.  You can then search by area and also check for possibility of delivery.  They'll also give advice baout soil preparation and pruning.   Good garden centres will also stock lavender - but be sure to buy a hardy variety such as Hidcote or Munstead Dwarf - and the euonymous suggested.

last night's Gardeners' World

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 13:00

Unfortunately Beechgrov starts later and ends sooner than GW.  Someone at Beeb Scotland obvioulsy thinks gardens have a shorter season.

I didn't like dahlia chappy's garden.  I find any monoculture is boring even with all that colour variation.  Couldn't be doing with all that staking and dead heading and the autumn lifting and especially couldn't be doing with having nothing to look at the rest of the year.  I like a bit of winter structure and interest and something different to see all through the changing seasons.

Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 11:30

Wind farms are unsightly, inefficient, expensive (and subsidised by tax payers who hae no say) and also cause environmental harm if they're on migratory flight paths.  In addition the WHO recommends a minimum distance fom habitation because the whirling and whirring can have detrimental effects on eyesight and cause tinnitus, loss of balance and nausea in some people.

Far more effective to have well insulated homes and water heaters to reduce energy consumption.   Better also to extract heat from the ground (geo-thermic exchangers) or harness solar energy but the jury's out on the life span and recyclabilty of the solar cells.  The scientists to whom I teach english are all being sent on courses to learn fuel efficient driving techniques and encouraged to take the train, car share or cycle where possible.   They get bonuses for doing so.  

Turning out lights, turning down the thermostat and wearing an extra jumper would also go a long way to reducing energy consumption.   I know a couple who like to sit outside with a glass of wine of an evening and would rather light the patio heater than put on a pair of socks and a jumper.  Madness.

Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 08:12

There is in fact a new requirement that paved front gardens be done with materials that allow rain to soak in so impermeable tarmac and concrete are no longer legal.  If parking off street is the safest thing for one's own car and also for passing traffic I see no problem with making aparking space but, with imagination, it can also be a garden with floral or foliar or achitectural interest on either side of the car parking space and even plants such as thymes or small sedums or other alpines growing under the car and enjoying the sunshne by day when the car isn't there.

evergreen perenial border

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:37

Russian sage which looks similar but has the white stems in winter - see post above.

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