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help pleaase

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 22:24

Help please - I have a raised flower bed - boredered by old sleepers. Last year when hoeing I found a 'substance?' it appeared initially like a bright white root system within the soil, then it looked like a white slime 'mass' on both the wood but also around the base of a couple of plants. I panicked but read that it might be 'slime mould that is not harmful to palnts'. I calmed down and removed as much as I could. Over winter it seemed to disappear.

With the lovely weather this weekend, I have spent hours in the garden but wen I checked this particular flowerbed I found that a curry plant and a lavender have died - rotted away at the base. the curry plant was also covered in the white slime again and the  'root system' was back where the roots of the curry plant should have been. the lavender had no 'slime' on it. It may be purely coincidence, the plants may have died as a result of other causes but I am very confused and concerned. Could this have been due to this 'slime', should I risk planting other palnts there or should I use fungicide which may affect other plants in the area???  Other plants such as viburnum, geranium, fuschia, lavender and phorniums have not been affected  so far but could they be??? Will be grateful for any help - this is the front flower bed in the garden and am concerned that this might spread.....

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 18:25

Thank you - it gets so confusing to newby gardeners like me when you start reading around - why don't they say there are two ways and not just give one or the other?

will probably bite the bullet and cut it down as have been caught out with other plants by just trimming and they have then ended up quite 'thin' so fingers crossed

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 22:46

Hi, have a sambucus black lace -  have read different sites, some say it should be cut back hard now to encourage thicker growth and to keep it controllable others say to prune/cut back after flowering - any ideas please? mine is about two years old , about four foot but is very thin, I would like it to be bushier and not much higher. am grateful for any advice

Hellebore - Something Lovely in The Middle of Winter

Posted: 17/02/2012 at 15:15

HI everyone

Have been considering planting some hellibores as I see they can grow in shade - do you think they would grow in dry shade eg under laurels? my garden centre had a lot for sale today so was very tempted......


Posted: 11/02/2012 at 21:42

well, snow came and still hanging around so not been out yet - frightened to cut anything whilst it is still too cold but don;'t want to leave it too late - also have wisteria, caryopteris and buddleia that I have read should be cut this month - any thoughts anyone or should I just sit tight and wait until weather picks up?

overgrown fuschia

Posted: 09/02/2012 at 21:27

Thanks everyone - thats really useful, will have to give it a go


Posted: 03/02/2012 at 22:29

having read various articles and GW, had planned on going into the garden this weekend to prune my winter jasmine and zebra grass - with the threat of snow should I leave these until weather picks up?

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 03/02/2012 at 22:24

year before last we had our fuschias attacked - initially didn't know what this was and panic set in....however, we left alone and the following year the plants came up again with no problems. Amazing how a bee can leave such a perfect shaped 'bite'!

overgrown fuschia

Posted: 03/02/2012 at 22:19

Thanks for this - will try cuttings, never tried this before - do I need a greenhouse for this to give them a start?

planting under laurels

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 20:05

many thanks - will look into these

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