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Failed allotment inspection :(

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 15:56

If the weeds are high a manual lawnmower isn't going to cope and nor will you pushing it.  Ditto a motor powered one.  You need a strimmer but if that's not possible, you can probably buy a sickle at the DIY store.   Good for hacking tall weeds - http://www.diy.com/rooms/verve-folding-sickle/175088_BQ.prd 

Help, this climbing weed/plant is taking over!

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 13:47

If you snap the bindweed stems at the base and just leave it, the stems and leaves will wilt where they are and can then be pulled off after a few days without sacrificing the clematis.

Failed allotment inspection :(

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 13:33

Definitely tell them you've been on hols, are in the habit of working it twice a week and will be clearing the weeds as soon as you can, working around your professional commitments.   

They should understand and accept that.   Good idea to strim as much of it down as poss before the weeds set seed.  That'll make an instant difference  and give you extra time to hoe or fork them out as and when you can.

Help, this climbing weed/plant is taking over!

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 13:28

That is bindweed.  Very difficult to dig out as each tiny bit of missed root makes a new plant.  You can pull it off by hand but never put it in the compost heap or bin without leaving it out in the sun a few days to die back and dry out completely.   Keep at it regularly and it will eventually weaken and die because the roots need the leaves to survive.

If you can unwind it from the plants you want to keep you can spray it with a systemic weedkiller which will be taken down to the roots and kill the whole plant.  You may need two or three applications to kill it completely and you have to be patient as it takes 2 weeks to work each time.

Where you see new growth coming back, train it up a cane till big enough to spray. 

You need to be careful not to get weedkiller on your treasures and you need 6 hours of sunshine and no rain for it to be absorbed.   Products containing glyphosate will do the trick but do follow the instructions carefully about concentrations.

Clematis ID

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:59

It does except that mine is darker than that.  More crimson on the outer edges but that may just be a problem with photo quality.   


Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:55

Excellent news Pansyface.

Community spirit along with widespread horticultural knowledge and willingness to help are the core of these boards and that combination is what makes them so attractive compared to other forums out there.

It is exceedingly wet here with more rain due to start in the next couple of hours and set to last all night again.  Not good for sleeping or gardening tho probably good for the garden.   The weeds in the beds I haven't got to yet are certainly having a great time and the hostas are enormous now.  

Busy - have you had floods your way too?   Plenty of basements flooded locally and low roads blocked with silt run off from arable fields where the crops are still to immature to hold the soil.   Good indoor cleaning weather we've been having.

WW - have you a gardening club near you?  I started one here - meets once or twice a month in the growing season - just so I could chat about plants and gardens with people who don't think it's all muck and madness.   Good people and plant swaps too.   Never more than a dozen or so at a time except for a special event so maybe manageable for you.


Climbing plants -can these be planted together?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:50

I agree.  keep it simple.  Plants need food and water to grow well and cramming too many into a planter and making them compete for limited resources will give poor results.

A Safe Aphid Spray Recipe

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:48

Anything that kills aphids also kills helpful predators.   If you can stand the smell, then garlic spray deters them - google for recipe.  You can also squish them with your fingertips or blast them witha  spray from a hosepipe.

However, the best thing is to feed the plants with organic products such as pelleted chicken manure of blood fish and bone which help maintain healthy micro-organisms in the soil as well as feeding the plants.   This means your plants will be strong enough to cope with an aphid infestation until the good guys - ladybirds and their larvae, hoverflies and garden birds such as tots and sparrows arrive to hoover up the aphids and maintain a balance.

Pruning a Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:41

It should be done in early spring as new foliage buds start to open.  You can either take every stem back to a healthy pair of buds - always leaving a  spare pair below in case of nasty frosts - or you can take out at one third of the oldest, dullest stems each year.   As it's a bit late, I suggest you try doing the latter this year so you get some renewed, fresh colour and then next spring, you can either carry on like that but earlier or go for the full cut, also earlier.

Clematis ID

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:31

There is a website linked to Hull university that lists 3700 clematis and has a search facility - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm 

I suspect it would be easier to send your picture to nurseries such as http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/ or http://www.kelways.co.uk/category/clematis/90/ or https://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk/ or http://www.raymondevisonclematis.com/main/home.asp to see if they recognise it and stock it.

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