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Bad news

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:01

Have just heard about a new strain of powdery mildew which affects Aquilegias.

It is fatal to affected plants, so any plants that show signs should be dug up and burnt.

It was found in about 5 known sites last year, including the national collection, and there is no treatment.

The picture that I saw, looked like powdery mildew on any other plant.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 11:31

Well that is seriously annoying. Spent ages putting 17 layers of clothing on, got outside, the sun went, and it is now snowing, raining and hailing, all at the same time.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:26

Morning all.

Feels like Siberia here.

Going to plant out rest of Box blobs, as I reckon they will be better in the ground, than in pots.

Happy Birthday for yesterday KEF, I was too p####d off about car to be posting. Seems like it will be new car, rather than new greenhouse this year.

The scammers I get at the moment, are trying to sell me vintage wine. What do they know about me?

Have a lovely day everyone.

Container gardening - fertilizing

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 15:01

Keep it simple.

Balanced liquid feed every 10 days, until fruits start to form, then liquid tomato feed once a week.


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 23:12

Not many on here tonight.

Day started well, potted on various Autumn sown seeds, all looking healthy.

Then decided to go to GC for more compost, and the car supposedly fixed yesterday, blew up in a black cloud of smoke. Garage phoned me later, and swore blind it was not related to their work. Now have no car, and probably another large bill.

So the rest of my day has been spent in a tense, stressed strop.

Now drinking Scotch and smoking heavily, no prospect of the e-cig today.

Sorry to vent, but it helps.

Sleep tight all.


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:23

Morning all.

Wet and dark this morning.

Lots of pricking out and potting on, of overwintered seedlings in green house. Lovely job, but no space to get comfortable in greenhouse, so do I cart all the stuff into the house, make a mess, upset OH, or what?

Where are Fairy and Orchid lady? Miss them, want them back.

For those interested, although no reason why you should be, I am trying an electronic cigarette, to try to help me cut down. I know a man in my line of work should know better.

My cunning plan is, for each pack I don't smoke, I have saved the cost of a new plant.

Have a good day everyone.

Nerine Bulb Help

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:12

PAT, some species do need a bit of TLC. Bowdenii are hardy, but some of the other species are not.

Nerine Bulb Help

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:25

Grow in any good compost, I would use John Innes 2 + added grit.

Plant with the necks just under the surface of the soil.

The flowers are fine with full sun, in fact they love it.

Some Nerines are tender, so to be safe bring the pots into a shed or greenhouse over winter.

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:21

I think Dove is right about Sambucus.


Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:18

Afternoon all.

Pleasant morning pottering, weeding, chopping back perennials and PLANNING.

It is lovely to see some perennials appearing above the soil, when you chop last years growth down.

Off to walk to garage and collect car. I love it to bits, especially with the roof down, but it is starting to cost me a lot of money. I suppose it is showing its age, a bit like me really.

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