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Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: Today at 19:55

I would be very interested to hear replies on this as I have a similar problem. I have replanted a bed along my driveway which is overhung by next door's large sycamore trees. The shrubs and plants I have put in have been similarly covered with honeydew (which I always understood to be produced by the aphids) and the resulting sooty mould.  I did discover loads of ladybirds (also harlequin i think!) and their pupating larvae in the autumn, so they are obviously having a feast and will do some good. But if there are any recommendations of plants that are able to withstand the situation, I would be interested to hear!

Sorry to not be any help Sharon, but you are at least, not alone! 

Hedge for clay

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:32

Hornbeam is a good alternative to beech as it copes better with waterlogging on clay soil. Its not evergreen but will hold the brown leaves like beech does so provides some shelter/screening in the winter. 

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 17:27

Sulphur candle Tootles. You have to make sure you have no plants in there and have all the vents/doors closed. You can get them off Amazon. I have no personal experience of them but have had a look and was considering using one. Anyone any experience of them?

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:56

Lindsay, their savings are significant for a reason. If you have the motivation, I would just get the learning outcomes from the RHS website and do it yourself from textbooks

This one is very good and specifically written to the learning outcomes. 

You can then enter yourself as an external candidate at your nearest exam centre. Which is what you would have to do anyway if you used a distance learning provider.

The Facebook group is also very good for asking questions and getting support.  

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:49

I did my Principles of Horticulture Level 2 distance learning with Learning Curve, now Borders Connect. I have to agree with the earlier poster that the tutor was rubbish. The material is OK, but a lot is not relevant to the learning outcomes of the qualification and I found it very difficult to get in touch with my tutor for advice or getting assignments marked. I ended up just using textbooks and got support from the RHS exams study group on Facebook. You have to have a lot of self discipline and motivation as you don't get any from the tutor. 

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:46

beautiful Busy Lizzie. How many years' growth is that? And do you prune them at all? 

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:48

Thanks everyone for all your advice.

Dove and Watery, my Francis E Lester is in quite shady spot too,  as I read info that said it would be ok north facing. 

guess I will just have to patient and wait and see!

Rambling roses

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 22:30

Thanks Yviestevie. That's what I wanted to hear. There is hope yet then! 

Rambling roses

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 22:26

Rambling rector, Alberic Barbier, Laure Davoust and Francis E Lester.

I don't think any are repeat flowering. I know logically they wouldn't flower this year if they only do on old wood, was just being optimistic that someone might say that they would 

Rambling roses

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 21:52

In the autumn I purchased and planted a few different varieties of Rambling roses to grow along my fences.  

I've just read that they flower on old wood.  Does this mean I'm only going to get stem growth this coming summer and not get any flowers till the following summer? 


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Rambling roses

when will it flower? 
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Garden bird ID please

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Clearing out bird boxes

when is best? 
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Asparagus crowns

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Rambling rose on a fence

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San Marzano 3 tomatoes

what does semi determinate mean? 
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Where do you trust to buy plants from?

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Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

when and how? 
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Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Suggestions please! 
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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

looking a bit sorry for itself 
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holiday proofing the greenhouse

tip/thoughts on capillary matting 
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'With added John Innes'

what does it actually mean? 
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should they be growing yet? 
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Holly hedge from cuttings

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