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Pottie Pam

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camillia bush

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 16:55

Hi Kelly.

This sounds like sooty mould.

Aphids and scale insects excrete a sugary substance and this turns into sooty mould.

You can wipe it off the leaves with week soapy water. I don't think the mould itself harms the plant, it just looks unsightly. It might be a bit time consuming as it's a big bush.


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 13:59

Thanks Verdun,

I'll wait a few weeks.


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:16

Good morning all.

Thoughts with those who haven't been too well lately also poorly pets.

It's been good to get in the garden the last two days, mostly clearing up and burning some branches and prunings.

I'm after some free advice from Verdun, please, before he gets his head examined.     (Hope everything is okay.  Wise to get these things checked out)

I want to split a stipa gigantica, giant oat grass. It's one of three that have been in about ten years. Is it still too early here in Cornwall to do this?


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 12:19

Good morning all,

Hope all are well. It's really cold so not planning to do any gardening today. I ordered 2 collections of  shrubs from Leadthegoodlife so I potted them up yesterday. they were a bargain at £10 for ten shrubs. Fairly small but had a good root system .

I hope Tigger is okay Lizzy. My elderly German Shepherd went off his food a month ago.  I usually feed him on tinned meat and biscuits. I bought a bag of frozen free flow tripe and pour boiling water on and mix with his complete dog biscuits. It absolutely stinks but he loves it. Now he's looking for his dinner whereas before I was feeding him by hand to encourage him to eat.    

Fern identification and help

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 16:06

Could it be a buckler fern, Delboi?


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 11:41

Good morning,

Thinking of Verdun too today.  Hope all the family can talk about and remember all the stories they will all have about his mum.

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 13:42

Wey aye, man. Peat B

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 12:04

My daughter's dog running across my frozen pond. Not this year. The pond has a thin layer of ice this morning and even had a flurry of snow last night. Cornwall is panicking and some schools are closed.

Perhaps your amphibians are having orgies under the ice to keep warm Peat B.


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 09:36

Morning all,

Hope everyone is well and keeping warm. even in tropical Cornwall the pond was frozen this morning.

I had an agapanthus in a large terracotta pot  and when I lifted it to put in the greenhouse over winter the pot broke in half. It was the roots of the plant that forced it apart rather than the cold. I might attempt to stick the pot back together as it was a nice pot.



Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:20

My German Shepherd when he was a few months old. 'It wasn't me who tore my bed up'. I wish I could have those days back!

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