rosa rugosa

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Whats eating my rose leaves

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:28

some people advise putting upside down pots around, with some paper crumpled inside them.  the earwigs adopt them as home, and then you can deal with them as you wish.  




Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:23

so then blackspot is good!  

Breeding slugs in my compost

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 22:36

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to prevent slugs from breeding in my compost?  I suppose it should be warmer, to cook any eggs, but with the weather we have.... and i can't locate it in a warmer spot.  Slugs do have their uses, breaking down organic matter, but i think i'm spreading their eggs everywhere when i use the compost.  this is a bit tragic when planting out new plants with lashings of compost!  


Posted: 12/06/2013 at 22:20

i was advised at a garden centre to spray with copper in january, including the ground all around the roses.  apparently the spores are also windborne, so they are likely to be everywhere.  and then after pruning, the mulching, and a dressing of potassium to boost the immune system of the roses.  it seems to have worked quite well so far!  i was told not to use copper later in the year, better to spray with epsom salts - less damaging to the ecoflora. 


Posted: 12/06/2013 at 22:07

I have a similar bit in my garden, but it does get an amount of afternoon sun in the summer.  clematis does well, if the upper bits get some sun.  honeysuckle is very tolerant, but i think it flowers better if it has some sun.  

heucheras do well.  lily of the valley, foxgloves and the wood anenome.  also crocuses in the spring.  

pruning lavender

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:22

i will try burying a lavender to get some new plants!  but i'm pleased to say that the lavenders i cut back so hard are now sprouting from near the base, and do not seem to be dying.  i'll try to be a bit more brutal with my prune after the flowering so that they don't get so leggy again.  thanks for all the advice! 

pruning lavender

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 22:26

my lavender bushes have grown a bit straggly.  i know the advice is to trim them all over in autumn, but only the new season's growth.  i did that last autumn, to the older bushes, but over the winter there has been some dieback of the new growth even on the untrimmed bushes, and there is lots of dead material in the middle of the bushes, and there old dead branches that died the previous winder.  this gets all soggy when it's wet, and i can't imagine that the lavender is happy, although they seem perky when the sun shines.  so today, in the rain, i cut back most of the dead wood, even quite thick branches, and trimmed out the new growth that had died back, and gave them all a haircut all over.  i hope they survive!  did i do the wrong thing?  does anyone else do this?  

Black spot on roses

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 22:15

here in Switzerland (and we are in a very damp and misty area), the rose centre recommends spraying with a copper-based fungicide very early in the spring.  It's harmful to insects, so only the one spray is recommended.  it's too late to do it now, so maybe for next year?  the rose expert told me to spray the rose and the ground around it liberally, and always to remove old leaves.  then a feeding of potash in spring, to build up the immune system.  after that, if the black spot is bad, proprietary fungicides.  they spray every two weeks, as their roses have to look good.  but i'd rather not.  i think i will root out the most susceptible roses and replace them more robust ones.

wasps nest

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 18:54

thanks for the info.  it sounds as though we should just leave them.  i could do with some help in the garden, i hope they eat vine weavil!  but i suppose not, as those come out at night.

wasps nest

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 20:37

we have a new nest high up on the wall of our house, which is clad in wood.  everyone says one should get rid of them, as they will damage the cladding.  is that true?  if they nest in the eaves, and get into the attic, is that a problem?  as long as they are not doing any damage to the material of the house, i don't mind them being there, so the question is, do we leave them be, or should we remove them?  

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Breeding slugs in my compost

Very effectively increasing the population! 
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pruning lavender

i know you're not supposed to cut into old wood 
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mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

how to get rid of them? 
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perrenial foxgloves?

is there such a thing? 
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