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Splitting Heucheras

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:04

Biljie........that's good that it was just you being heavy handed

Like you, I try not to use chemical treatment  but there is a limit ...........the vine weevils seem to be really prevalent these days.  They decimated my strawberries this Spring ...again in containers.  In my experience, they don't seem to cause trouble in the borders but they do love containerised stuff.

It's a while since I have seen the Heucheras were container brought plants which were obviously already harbouring the little wretches but my strawberries were bare root plants purchased last year and so I assume the adults are around in my garden just waiting to pounce

Splitting Heucheras

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 18:03

Bilje...........if it came off in your hands, check for vine weevil Heucheras ( in pots and window boxes ) were decimated last year. 

Happily, I was able to rescue most of them...........cleaned up and dosed with Provado and potted on, I have some decent plants again.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 17:43

I can only agree with the above posts.  A lovely tree in the right situation but a real pain in the wrong one.  Having moved to a very badly neglected garden a couple of years ago, the Sumach had completely taken over...........stretching through to the neighbouring property foundations, going through the concrete wall of the pond and literally popping up everywhere it could.

Having cut it down and used root killer, I have still got the odd sucker appearing.

Any experience of Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:13

Cerinthe are very easy plants to grow..........the will self seed happily.......particularly in a mild winter.  I have several which are flowering now........the largest about half a metre tall ..........a seedling from last year.  The Bees love them....well worth growing

Weeping Willow

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:47

I would think the biggest problem would be getting it NOT to regrow

Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:44

I think Borage...........leaves look a bit too small for Comfrey and flowers look wrong - for basic Comfrey anyway


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:42

One thing that might be worth considering is whether your Allotment has water laid on ?  I don't think all do.

The likes of squashes and courgettes are thirsty beasts.

I'm assuming here that we may be in for a good summer


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:34

If the new growth is clumping together and "folding" over, pinch out these affected shoots and dump them.  It seems to be a small caterpillar if it is anything like mine.....same thing with Sage and Thyme and various other plants.  I tried stuffing a few affected shoots in a box to see what the caterpillar was but they all pigged off because I didn't keep a close eye on them

Provided you cut back to unaffected shoots, you should be able to rescue your plant without too much problem.  Rosemary is only usually good for 3 or 4 years and then needs replacing - preferably by home grown cuttings

do i need to nip sideshoots on baby toms ?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:08

For sure you should pinch out the side shoots on Sungold as they appear

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:46

Christopher...........I first grew Black Russian toms in the mid 90's..........lovely variety if you have the space............excellent flavour and large fruit  .....better than Marmande in my opinion. 

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