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Posted: 17/10/2013 at 19:26

I think there is a virus affecting acers this year.   One of mine has died as have two acers of various friends.  I bought another recently and this ia already developing white tinges to the end of the leaves and I think it is on the way out.   Can anyone actually explain what this virus is and is there a cure?




Posted: 11/08/2013 at 15:27

We've had the most marvellous crop of charlotte potatoes - 15 or so on many plants and although a few had scab it does not affect the taste.  We are storing them in large double thickness brown paper bags, specifically designed for potato storage.  Any with a slight green tinge we throw away rather than risk eating at all.    Have nearly dug them all now and will be supplying a few friends as there are too many for us to cope with!!    

Talkback: Plants for shade

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 17:00
We have had great success this year with Pulmonaria. They are in dappled shade from our yew hedge and we have had long lasting succession of flowers, ranging from white to pink to blue, some with spotted leaves. They do however, benefit from a downpour and can get very shrivelled up if it is very dry for a long period.


Posted: 04/05/2013 at 09:29

I am about to plant out my dahlias grown from tubers which have now plenty of shoots. Should I pinch out the tops of some shoots to make the dahlia more bushy?

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 10:09

I would suggest Cotinus (the smoke bush).  We have a rather mixed hedge with some Laurel and Cotinus which then continues with a long yew hedge along the far side of our garden.  The Cotinus looks very pretty when the red leaves catch the sun and it does of course have flowers as an added bonus.

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