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Holes on Rhododendron leaves

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:02

I have small bite holes around the outside of my Rhododendron leaves.  Having looked at various online forums I seem to have established that it's an animal that enjoys a night picknick!.  But how can I really get rid of this animal and save the leaves from being further attacked?  I live in Switzerland and find it not always possible to get the same products as in England (or Australia) so would therefore have to resort to a 'natural' form of a fighter.  Any suggestions would, as usual, be greatly appreciated.

Ants on raspberry bushes

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:31

My Summer Raspberry bushes are just starting to produce their flowers (mid-April) but I've noticed some ants around them.  Should I be concerned?  How can I control them or better still, get rid of them?


Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 06:42

Thanks for your advice.  I was trying to do this myself but as we have a gardener coming shortly to do some landscaping I may ask him where else I could put it, for years I have wanted a Clematis so would really like to find the most appropriate place for him/her.  Again, thanks.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 10:10

Thanks Fairygirl.  The pergola is very, very strongly built, but I understand your point. I thought of training the clematis just around the outside of the pergola whilst the creeper is growing to cover the inner pergola area and provide protection from the sun (south side).

Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 08:29

Just to add to this question, our Virginia creeper has unfortunately been stricken with a 'Rust' problem which we have been spraying for the last 2 years.  Don't know how this could or would affect the Clematis.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:42


Since 2 years at our new house we have a Parthenocissus quinquefolia (known also as a Virginia creeper) growing on a Pergola.  Although come late Summer the leaves start to change to a lovely red I was considering 'brightening it up' in Spring time with an early flowering Clematis (or 2).  Can I do this, will it damage or strangle the Parthenocissus quinquefolia?  Any advice/experience would be muchly appreciated..Tks.

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 11:23

I have attached 3 photos.... I honestly don't feel as if there is a disease problem, the leaves look healthy.  I always thought that when over watered the leaves turn yellow which occurred once during Summer which I later brought under control.  Now they are just loosing their leaves but only in the middle of the branches the rest of the leaves are a healthy green.  I watered roughly every two weeks over winter, the pots are tall (1 m high and so too are the plants) and top-half filled with soil and the bottom-half with a type of stone, always allowing for a good drainage and sit on wheels above the ground.  The garage is never below 0°C and there is light coming in all day from 2 large windows, however no direct sunlight (it's winter) and airflow is good.  I am wondering whether to cut them back perhaps halfway?  I am really lost here, and have no idea how to progress with them.  I don't want to have to destroy them as I truly believe that they're healthy.  If plants could only talk!!!  Your advice is very, very needed and welcome.  Thanks.




Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 14:09

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies.  I live in Switzerland and we do get snow.  I have always heard that plants in pots should be brought inside, not necessarily inside the house but in the garage where it is still quite cold but no snow (of course), the temperature difference being only a few degrees, however, no snow or frost.  They are now quite/very sparse in the 'leaf' area (hardly a 'screen') so wonder if I should cut them back 40 or so cm, if that may help them to grow back more densely (currently over 1m high) or wait until Spring?  We have them in pots as we've got a decking/balcony sitting area so we is no chance whatsoever of planting them in the ground.  We have tried other screen plants but they also didn't work out so resorted to the Osmanthus burkwoodii last year.

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 08:46

Hi, I planted 6 Osmanthus burkwoodii plants in tall pots last summer as a 'neighbour screen'.  They were growing well and seemed healthy.  Over winter (Swiss Winter) they were brought into the garage where it is light and around 4°C (give or take).  I watered them occassionally and may have left it a week too long in between watering them, though I don't feel it was too drastic!?  But the problem now is that they have dropped most of their leaves and do not know why.  The leaves are all green and you can see new leaves or possibly flower shoots appearing (I believe the latter).  I do not have a clue what could possibly be worong with them all. They look so healthy BUT they're dropping their leaves and they are meant to be evergreens.  I am worried that I am NOT going to have my 'screen' come summer when they go back outside to their usual positions.  Does anyone know what this problem could be and what I should do or is this a normal phase???

Weed Tea

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 19:24

I have just deweeded my lawn and have a few kilos of weeds and my father suggested making a smelly concotion of something called weed-tea which, in a matter of weeks, can be used to fertilize the garden getting rid of those exy purchased fertilizers.  Can I use a 60 lit. container that has a sealed lid or should it be allowed to breath?  How much water do I put in, should it just cover the weeds or double the amount of water?  Can I keep it long or does it have to be used up within a short amount of time?  Do I continue to add weeds (any sort) to the tea or use up a batch at a time?  will I have to pour the tea through a sieve first and dilute it? 

As you can see, I have a number of questions as on YouTube some points are by someone else contradicted so would appreciate your advice and experience.


(sorry for any confusion, Possum2 and 3 are the same)

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