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Straggly Geum

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:10

Thanks everyone.  It seems that it is doing what this variety does although I don't know what variety it is - I bought it on the market and the label said Red Geum.  Yes, it is red and it is a geum.  It wasn't anywhere near as tall last year which was its first year.  It seems to be established now. I will put a wire support round it.  Thank-you, all ,   Mags

Straggly Geum

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:29

The stems on my geum ate  3 - 4  feet long and flog across the everything beside it.  Is this how they normally grow or should I do something to it?  Other than staking it, that is.  Mags

Ladybirds

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 14:09

I'm in W Midlands/SE Staffordshire border. You are right NO LADYBIRDS at all.  Mags

Song Thrush

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 14:05

I suppose it could be a youngster just getting the hang of life and self care.

I don't think there is anything you can do for it, other than make sure you don't use slug/snail pellets, even if they say wildlife friendly!   And try to keep your cats inside when it is around.  Fingers Crossed.  Mags

black opal tomato plant

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 15:18

I had Black Opal last year. 

SIDE SHOOTS:  I left 2 on, which both went on to produce fruit on them as well as the main stem. 

DROOPY LEAVES and DISCOLOURED LEAVES:  Mine did that. It seems to be the way they are.

In all, the plant didn't grow much and didn't produce much fruit. Not that it mattered because I didn't like them much. I preferred them roasted to raw.

Good luck everyone!  Hope you all get better results and like them better than I did.

Staffsmaggs

'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:37

Thanks for your reply.  Both packets of seed came free with a magazine. They are T&M seed or Fothergills seed.  I want the all the plants for this year only. The Rudbeckias I sowed this year and the Cant Bells last year.  I will use this Garden centre compost now, and horse manure in the autumn.  Mags

'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:18

I've just pulled up the wallflowers and the soil is very dry and not a worm to be seen.  I intend to plant Rudbeckia  and Canterbury Bells plants in the empty border. Would it be helpful if I dig in a bag of Farmyard Manure that I bought from the Garden Centre?   Thank you for any advice, Mags

cleaning bird feeders

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:33

Haha Mrac, I carelessly used boiling water on a plastic feeder. It went out of shape and couldn't be re-assembled!   Thanks everyone, for your replies.

YES. everyone, beware of feeders that cannot be taken completely apart for cleaning. 

Mags

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

I've seen a couple on my fountain grass!  Mags

cleaning bird feeders

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 16:03

 Edd,  I wondered about bleach.  Ok, just a few drop to a bowl of hot sudsy water then rinse very well and leave to dry (I always do anyway).  Thanks very much, Mags

Discussions started by staffsmags

Lily deteriated

How to replace it 
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Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 14:10

damaged rhubarb leaves

what eats rhubarb leaves? 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 10:58

Straggly Geum

Is my geum supposed to be so straggly? 
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Last Post: 10/06/2015 at 21:28

'Dead' soil

to manure now or not? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 16:37

cleaning bird feeders

What sterilising product 
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Last Post: 14/04/2015 at 09:35

anyone used this brand?

Molloy's Multipurpose compost 
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Last Post: 21/03/2015 at 15:30

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

miscanthus kleine silberspinne  
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 18:56

BIG BIRD WATCH

How to submit results? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 17:26

porridge oats

ok to feed to birds? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

Feeding Amarylis

What to use? 
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Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 18:38

only leaves

Amarylis not producing flower stem 
Replies: 37    Views: 1297
Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 16:17

unknown grass

what could it have been? 
Replies: 6    Views: 370
Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

plant out now or in spring? 
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Last Post: 02/09/2014 at 14:21

Xmas Presents Amaralyis x 2

What to do with amarylis now? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 11:39

black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
Replies: 14    Views: 1755
Last Post: 25/07/2015 at 08:23
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