philippa smith2

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Lemon tree

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 17:40

Nanny - can't say I had much problem with pests as such.  The biggest problem was the irrigation system.  Once a week, all the sluices had to be opened to allow the watering from the nearby river  Woe betide you if you didn't keep your channels clear or allowed your terraces to break down and flood someone else's grove at irrigation time.

Picking a beautiful juicy orange of a morning tended to make up for the effort involved tho

Seaweed plus sequestered iron

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 17:58

I've only used sequestered iron on it's own - just one application watered into the soil seems to work on yellowing leaves. I rarely use it on anything other than house plants and then really just after their dull dark winter.

Camellias seem to benefit from a spray of dilute Epsom salts.  

Lemon tree

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 17:43

Well, that's me told then

I used to own a Citrus grove in Spain and never found the fruit ripened to the same quality in the UK.

Good to know that you are getting something from your bushes here tho - jolly well done 

Get Rid of Woodlice!

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 17:33

Well, we will all know what to blame if the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral starts to crumble Ladybird

water butts

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 17:24

I'd certainly agree with both WelshOnion and Lyn.

You need to be a bit more specific about the damage to your plants before anyone can advise you.

I take it you are careful to water the ground as opposed to spraying it on the foliage ?  It's pretty basic but I have seen "gardeners" both council and private who happily spray water everywhere but where it is actually needed.

You don't give your location but acid rain for the average gardener in the UK is not yet a problem - or as far as I know anyway.

Get Rid of Woodlice!

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 17:02

Well done Blue Onion with your Woodlice composers.  I'd get them signed up immediately if I were you before anyone else catches on

Sorry - couldn't resist

I don't kill them - never noticed them decimating anything - they are interesting little creatures if you care to look.

I can think of other forms of life which also "need to be controlled" but I believe you can fall foul of the law on such occasions - crime drama fans will know that one I'm sure. 

Lemon tree

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:43

The UK climate doesn't lend itself to production of citrus fruit - no matter what the seller says, it won't happen on a consistent basis.

If you purchase a Citrus which is flowering and fruiting, it has been raised in conditions which the average person cannot replicate the following season.

Sad but true.  They may flower and produce the most gorgeous perfume and many people are quite happy just with that. You will get some fruit set but full size and ripe ?  Unlikely.

Like so many other unsuitable plants, it is more a money earner for the GC than anything else. 

Ideas for driveway decoration

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 18:47

It may be the perspective but that driveway looks huge given the little car shown in the pic.

If you wish to retain the circular aspect, then I would think you could perhaps enlarge the grassy bit in the centre.  At the moment it looks a bit minimal to say the least.

The questions posed by WW above are certainly apt but unless you are happy to have such a vast amount of gravel/hardstanding, you may need to look further than a few bulbs,

New leaves dying on laurel trees

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:16

If you are happy with the planting medium and site, then I'd think Dove could be correct.  

They are certainly tough shrubs and tolerate most conditions IME.  Mine are flowering already ( but they are quite old specimens ).

Once well established, they are practically immortal 

Suggest a large headed bright coloured  annual to grow.

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:09

Calendula - Pot Marigold - eye popping orange  - self seed but easy to pull out if they get OTT

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